The Otago and Canterbury regions of UN Youth New Zealand are coming together to bring Model United Nations to Timaru. This one day conference will be held at Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru on Friday the 4th of August.

If you’re a High School student from around Timaru register for a fun time where you’ll take on the role of an international diplomat and tackle issues facing the world today!

The theme is UN+EQUAL and we will be looking at how young people can contribute to politics and get their voices heard – a super important issue this election year!

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Day One Time Activity
08:30 - 09:00 Registrations
09:00 - 09:10 Opening Ceremony
09:10 - 09:20 Icebreakers
09:20 - 10:30 Workshop
10:30 - 11:00 Rules of Procedure
11:00 - 11:20 Morning Tea
11:20 - 12:20 Committee Session 1
12:20 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 02:00 Committee Session 2
02:00 - 02:20 Afternoon Tea
02:20 - 03:30 Committee Session 3
03:30 - 04:00 Closing Ceremony

Educational Content

Around the world young people are finding themselves disconnected and under-represented by their countries political institutions. Why?

Timaru Model United Nations will look at the ‘Question of Youth Disenfranchisement’. Delegates should ask themselves if young people are disenfranchised in their countries or regions, and how that may be occuring, particularly in terms of how young people view politics and the way in which politicians attempt to involve young people, if they do so at all. Organisations and states take many different strategies to better engage young people in politics which will be examined by states in this committee.

Here’s the resolution and briefing paper – take a read and think about it from your country’s perspective:

The Question of Youth Disenfranchisement

How to Model UN

So you’ve never been to Model UN before – or you have but want to refresh your memory. Do not fear! Our volunteers will support you throughout the day, but for now, here’s a brief outline of how the Model United Nations Committee works.

The session involves amending a “resolution”. This is a series of points that will be enacted by the UN and its member states. A resolution is split in to two distinct parts – preambulatory and operative clauses.
Preambulatory clauses are the background to the resolution – what has the UN and international community done in the past about this issue?
Operative clauses are the ones that you get to change! So read them, and think about how you can amend them and make them better.

Amendment Phase
This is the part where you amend the resolution to better suit your country or region’s interests. You can amend, add, or strike clauses and should try to collaborate with other countries to support the changes you want to make. Each amendment will be discussed/debated and then voted on.

You can only amend operative clauses.

  1. Begin the clause with an operative word eg. Endorses, supports, urges, calls upon [NOT endorsING, supportING, urgING]
  2. Write what you want the amendment to say
  3. Ensure there is correct grammar and spelling and it is clearly written out

Often, the simpler and shorter, the better!

This debate flowchart shows the structure of committee discussion. Do not worry – the chair will guide you through all this information and make sure the debate goes smoothly.

Researching Your Country

  • Gather basic information on your country
  • Establish what your country’s national interests are, and how they relate to the issue at hand
  • Look at government websites and your state’s Permanent Mission to the UN website
  • If you cannot find an official stance, make an educated guess from what you know about your country
  • Read the resolution and briefing paper (in the Educational Content)! (this is the most important point)
  • What clauses in the resolution does your country support?
  • If there’s a clause that your country disagrees with, how would you amend it?
  • Have a think about the questions to consider at the end of the briefing paper
  • Look at how your country has reacted to or voted on this issue previously (check out the UN website)
  • Look at what your country’s diplomatic relations with the states in question or ‘great powers’
  • Try to understand both sides of the argument
  • Try to understand the terminology, acronyms, and previous agreements