Note: 59 teachers have purchased this product, which is especially useful for Model UN students and teachers. It was updated as of December 20, 2017, including UN actions vis-a-vis Syria. The amount of time you spend dealing with this information will range from 2 - 5 days depending on how much you want to involve the students in discussion and/or simulation. You could even just do the General Assembly or the Security Council in an hour.
Credibility: For 19 years, my International Relations students and I conducted Model UN conferences and, at one point, our SKHS MUN was the largest one-day MUN conference in the northeast - about 400 students from about 28 schools!
This power point is guaranteed to teach you, the teacher, an awful lot about the UN. The power point and corresponding notes review the following:
a) the history of the League of Nations
b) the creation of the United Nations
c) the General Assembly
d) the Security Council
There is a great deal of focus on the powers and limitations of the General Assembly and the Security Council, on the concept of sovereignty, on the fact that the UN is not a “world government”, on the reasons why the USA loses a significant amount of General Assembly votes, on the controversial nature of the SC veto, and on the US protection of Israel through the use of the veto.
There is room for General Assembly simulation through debating the issue of capital punishment. Included is a UN General Assembly resolution on capital punishment, as well as each country’s vote on the issue. Students can be assigned a country, they can see how they voted on the issue, and then they can research more about their country’s capital punishment policies before debating the issue in a Model UN simulation.
Note: this power point does not deal with the other 3 bodies of the UN – the International Court of Justice, the Economic and Social Council and the Secretariat. However, I do have an International Court of Justice simulation regarding Genocide/ Syria.
Additionally, this power point can be very helpful for Model UN organizations, giving new delegates an understanding of the powers and limitations of the UN.
Finally, there is a file with 20 sides of text - research which I did, and then wrote up. This text will delve further into the Security Council, especially in regard to controversial proposals to change the veto system. This topic will lend itself to Model UN style debate where each of the students can represent a different country, discussing proposals to change the veto system. Note: your students will survive you don't assign the text info, but it would be helpful for the teacher to read this information. .
I also added two UN quizzes.
Finally (really!), I have 4 Model UN simulations on my 21st Century Global Studies site: one on Capital Punishment, one on Drug Trafficking, one on Global Climate Change and a International Justice simulation on whether the Syrian atrocities constitute genocide.