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After the event
After your Model UN, particularly if it is held in a school, you may want to organise some follow-up events. In a school, these could include all the pupils who were involved in the Model UN, together with every teacher who assisted with the event. Here are some suggestions for follow-up events after a school Model UN:
- Pupils could be encouraged to keep up an interest in their country, and in the Model UN issues, and could give the group a ‘progress’ report after six months.
- Pupils could collect newspaper cuttings, reports, postcards and other materials for a bulletin board of developments in the topics debated.
- The pupils who participated in the Model UN could convene a meeting (possibly in a school assembly) to explain to other staff and pupils about the event and its outcome.
- The different delegations could make a display of their countries for use at parents’ evenings.
- Pupils could send copies of the final resolution to the school governors, and to appropriate subject teachers, asking for comments.
- Pupils may want to draft an article about the event, the issue discussed, and/or the ‘solutions’ agreed upon for the local or school newspaper.
Follow-up work with the completed Model UN resolution may be appropriate for delegates of all ages:
- Each delegation could send the resolution to the Embassy or High Commission of the country that they represented, with a covering letter explaining what position the delegation had taken and asking for comments.
- Participants could send the resolution to their local MP, with a request to discuss it with them. Participants could ask their MP to forward the resolution and letter to the relevant government department and to send back any reply received.
- Participants could ask their local newspaper to print the resolution, or a letter summarising it, and could monitor any responses.
- If the subject matter of the resolution is relevant to the local community, participants could ask their local councillor to raise the resolution and discuss it in a council meeting. Representatives of the delegations could attend the debate and be available for questions.