Prepping for Model UN? NTI’s Resources Can Help

Are you a delegate from Brazil or Belarus, Canada or China? Do you have to debate the merits of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or the Chemical Weapons Convention? If you’re preparing for an upcoming Model United Nations (UN) conference, NTI has an array of education tools to help you understand your country’s policies and the most important UN treaties on issues related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – from nuclear weapons and nuclear energy facilities to chemical and biological weapons.

You can find all of our top educational resources here, but we’ve listed the most relevant tools for Model UN research below:

Country Profiles

So you’ve been assigned to the UN Security Council, UN Disarmament Commission, or another committee that addresses nuclear non-proliferation or other WMD-related issues at the conference. Use NTI’s individual country profiles to read the history and current status of your assigned country’s nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons programs. 

For example, if you’re representing South Africa, you can read here to better understand when and how you became the only country to develop and then voluntarily dismantle a nuclear weapons program. 

Country profiles also feature interactive graphics and videos on countries’ WMD capabilities, like these 3-D models of North Korea’s latest missiles.

WMD Treaties Information

You may have to write a position paper before you head to a Model UN conference. Before you can make policy recommendations, it’s important to know what treaties and other international agreements your assigned country is party to. Has your country signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)? What does the NPT do? Is it working? NTI’s Treaties and Regimes page has a library of key information about the most important nuclear and other WMD treaties, like the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), including links to signatory countries, important dates and provisions, and more.

Analysis of Top WMD Issues

In addition to country-specific information, Model UN participants also need to be well-versed in WMD issues of the day. NTI regularly publishes reports on critical and emerging WMD topics with policy recommendations for governments.

Find our analysis on escalating nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia, recommendations for addressing cyber threats to nuclear facilities, updates on radiological security and preventing the use of a dirty bomb, and other reports here

NTI also ranks nuclear materials security by country in the NTI Nuclear Security Index, published biennially. Use this one-of-a-kind resource it to read up on the importance of nuclear security, preventing nuclear terrorism, and how well your assigned country secures nuclear material from potential sabotage or cyberattack.

Nuclear Security Summit Simulation Exercise

Finally, what better way is there to practice diplomacy and negotiation skills for a Model UN conference than to simulate negotiations on nuclear issues ahead of time? 

We’ve developed a two-day lesson and “model summit” exercise for professors and students based on the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. 

Students can use it to consider technical questions, policy issues, and engage in a discussion of sovereign versus global responsibilities, just like they do for Model UN. Download the exercises here.

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Meaghan Webster, communications manager at NTI, was a delegate at National Model United Nations conferences as a college student and has staffed multiple Model UN conferences in the Pacific Northwest.

November 1, 2017
Meaghan Webster
Meaghan Webster

Communications Manager

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