Resources

For delegates:

  • A Guide to Model UN. This training resource, compiled by our Conference Secretariat, contains a basic overview of standard and specialized committees, as well as expert tips for succeeding in committee.
  • http://www.un.org Although seemingly obvious, the United Nations website is an often overlooked resource. Look here for information on the history and current undertakings of various UN bodies and for the full text of previous UN resolutions and conventions.
 Additionally, the United Nations Cyberschoolbus, available athttp://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/modelun/index.asp, offers extraordinarily useful guidance, including tips on preparing for a conference and a slew of helpful links.
  • http://www.unausa.org/munpreparation 
The United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) extremely thorough Model UN Preparation Guide includes, among other topics, sections on research overview, position papers, public speaking, caucusing, and resolution writing.
  • https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook Got stuck representing St. Vincent and the Grenadines? Don’t know much about Bhutan? The CIA World Factbook “provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities,” and is a great starting point for basic country information.
  • http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/index.htm
 The U.S. Department of State, using information gathered from its regional bureaus, compiles Background Notes that include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
  • Robert, Henry M., William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann, and Thomas J. Blach. Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised in Brief. New York: De Capo Press, 2004. 
The definitive work detailing Robert’s Rules of Order, suggested only as a reference. May be note-worthy to the highly experienced delegate seeking to further an already detailed understanding of parliamentary procedure.
  • http://www.csufresno.edu/comm/cagle-p3.htm# Frequent
Provided by California State University, this site contains straightforward explanations about certain aspects of parliamentary procedure. See especially the user-friendly tables “Frequent Things You Want to Do” and “Table of Rules Related to Motions” near the bottom of the page.

For teachers and moderators:

  • http://www.amun.org/amun_simguide.php 
American Model United Nations offers a number of materials available for purchase, particularly a simulation guide called “Model UN…in a Box,” which provides lessons on caucusing, resolution writing, along with everything you need to run a practice simulation. Their UN Ambassadors Video Series offers five different tapes on a variety of subjects. (Used with permission.)
  • http://www.unausa.org/Page.aspx?pid=531 
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) offers eight Model UN activity guides intended for educators, to be used in the classroom or in after-school activities.

http://www.unausa.org/Page.aspx?pid=532
 
UNA-USA also offers Model UN lesson plans, which consist of syllabi collected from university faculty who have taught Model UN courses.