Thursday, February 28- Saturday, March 2, 2013
High school students in grades 9-12 and college students
Model United Nations of the Southwest (MUNSW) provides high school students in grades 9-12 and college students the opportunity to experience the workings of the United Nations and to actively gain firsthand knowledge of international politics by acting as delegates from their assigned country.
During our 54rd annual conference, delegates will spend two days in small committees debating resolutions that seek to address various political, cultural and humanitarian issues.
Delegate fees are $95 per student and include dinner on Friday night.
Advisors and chaperones are not required to pay delegate fees. All high school delegations must have an advisor in attendance at the conference.
Committee meetings will take place Thursday through Saturday at the OCCE Forum Building on the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus.
Check-in will begin at 9am on Thursday. The conference will conclude at 1pm on Saturday.
A delegation represents a single country and consists of a minimum of two delegates, one delegate for each General Assembly committee. Countries on two committees may have a maximum of four people in their delegation. Countries on three committees may have a minimum of three and a maximum of five delegates. Countries on four committees may have a minimum of four and a maximum of six delegates. Countries with a seat on the Security Council may have a minimum of five and a maximum of six delegates. Please keep in mind the number of delegates required when choosing country preferences. There will be no limit on the number of delegations from each high school or college.
The following simulations take place during the conference:
Committees debate the resolutions written by delegates. The resolutions passed in each of the committees are then brought before the General Assembly for debate.
Registrations received before November 23 will receive their county assignments on December 9. Those received after November 23 will be assigned within two weeks of registration.
The MUNSW student organization assigns countries according to delegates’ experience. Security Council countries especially require students with previous MUNSW experience, as well as submission of the sample resolution.
Students are expected to have a working knowledge of their assigned country’s political, social, economic, and religious views when they arrive at the conference. While at conference, delegates will represent their country’s views and opinions rather than their own.
Delegates should study their assigned country’s domestic affairs as well as international news and salient topics. Delegates are encouraged to write their country’s mission to the United Nations for more information and position papers. In addition, delegates should study the history and structure of the United Nations and parliamentary procedure.
For more information, please contact Precollegiate Programs
at University of Oklahoma Outreach.