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St. Mary's Learning Commons: Model United Nations

Research Sources

Organize yourself before you start! Get a binder or make a folder on your Google Drive for Model UN. Then make subfolders or dividers for the different things you'll be researching - topic, country, UN, solutions & past action. This makes it easy to find information and to see what you know and what you don't yet know. SAMPLE

Profile (geography, populations, culture, politics, economy)

  1. Questions to answer
  2. Find the OFFICIAL website for the country
  3. Country Profile and Policy Map: use MAP to find country - includes links to country's official website, CIA World Factbook and IMUNA Country Profiles  

 

Policies

  1. Country Profile and Policy Map: use MAP to choose country, then look for policy statements and information in the links for the official website, speeches at the UN, and the UN Permanent Mission

 

Past actions

  1. Signature/Ratification Status for Each Country of Important Conventions and Treaties
  2. Find the country's UN Permanent Mission website
  3. UN Official Documents System Search: use the advanced search to search for your country and/or topic; narrow results on the left

 

Speeches by the country at the UN

  1. UN Member States On the Record
  2. Find Meeting Records & Speeches (UN Library)
  3. UN News Centre

 

Resolutions sponsored by country

  1. UN Member States On the Record
  2. Tips on finding resolutions (by any country) 

 

Voting records

  1. How to Find Voting Records
    • refers to UNBISnet: use advanced search and search for topic and country
  2. Voting records by Body (e.g. Security Council, General Assembly, etc): choose "By Body" on left, then choose "Voting Information" on the left
  3. UN Official Documents System Search: best if you know the number or number of the resolution you are interested in; use the advanced search

When considering solutions, you should see what has been done already (e.g. actions, treaties, resolutions) by the UN and other international organizations

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CIGI MUN

Keep in mind the 5 W questions: who, what, when, where, why (and how!)

List of questions to answer with your research

 

Understanding Climate Change

NASA: Climate Change & Global Warming: includes sections on evidence, causes, effects, and solutions

Climate Change Basics (David Suzuki)

 

Climate Change & The UN

UN Documents on Climate Change: use links on the left

UNESCO: Addressing climate change

UN Sustainable Development Goals: includes links to the Paris Agreement; also see tabs for Goals and Take Action

UN Official Documents System Search: use the advanced search to search for your country and/or topic; narrow results on the left

Keep in mind the 5 W questions: who, what, when, where, why (and how!)

List of questions to answer with your research

 

Understanding Migrant Rights

Keep in mind the 5 W questions: who, what, when, where, why (and how!)

List of questions to answer with your research

Understanding Targeted Killings

Note: When talking about the use of defense weaponry, we're talking about state actors involved in targeted killings. Many articles focus on targeted killings by the USA, but be on the lookout for other nations, too (e.g., Israel).

 

Targeted Killings & the UN

*Also known as: extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

*Note: not all targeted killings would involve defense weaponry; however, looking at how the UN responds to targeted killings in general could give you ideas about possible resolutions

Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

UN experts urge the Philippines to stop unlawful killings

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Model UN Procedures

Speeches & Resolutions

Resolutions

Resolutions (see left toolbar in this link too)

How to write a Resolution

Past UN Resolutions: go to advanced search and search for a topic

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