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:
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.
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.
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
Analysis of Top WMD Issues
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.
our analysis on escalating
nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia, recommendations for
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. 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.
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?
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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communications manager at NTI, was a delegate at National Model United Nations
conferences as a college student and has staffed multiple Model UN conferences
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