In school or university? Interested in international politics? Why not get involved in a Model UN?
Model UN is a simulation of a United Nations negotiation, in which school and university students assume the roles of international diplomats. Model UN provides a fantastic forum in which you can hone and develop a range of skills and techniques in diplomacy, public speaking and debating. It offers an opportunity to research and prepare papers on some of the most pressing international issues of the day, and to develop policies of your own, while considering how real countries are carrying out their international commitments - and possibly defending their views, even if you do not agree with them yourself. Model UN also provides an exciting opportunity to build confidence and network with others. Model UN programmes are available around the world.
Model UNs in the UK got their chance to shine this year as the United Nations Association – United Kingdom held its inaugural Model UN schools tournament, Uniting the Nations, on 10 March. Over 200 students from schools across the UK gathered at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization in London to compete for bronze, silver and gold awards as they discussed how the ideals of the Olympic Truce could be used to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable world for us all. The top prize - a trip to the UN headquarters in New York - was won by students from Ellesmere College, Shropshire.
The UK’s Mission to the United Nations has always been very supportive of Model UN and has a lot of information on how to get involved in the initiative at http://ukun.fco.gov.uk/en/model-un/introducing-model-un.