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   How do I select a Model United Nations Conference?

   How do I register for a Model United Nations Conference?

    How do I select a country?

How to Select a Country

When registering for a Model U.N. Conference, you will usually be asked to indicate your preferences of countries to role-play in the conference. With 190 countries to choose from, the opportunities are immense. The greatest competition among Model U.N. groups is often for the 15 countries of the Security Council, especially the 5 permanent members with veto power:
  • China
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Russian Federation
It is worth noting, however, that in the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and most other U.N. governing bodies, the principle of sovereign equality governs the proceedings. That is to say that each member state has one vote and even the "smallest" member state not only has a role to play, but can sometime wield considerable influence.

Therefore, when selecting countries that you would like to represent, bear in mind that size and power are not the only important criteria.

Country Assignments
Most conferences work on a first-come, first-served basis when it comes to country designation. The sooner you send in your registration material and pay the fees, the better your chances of getting the country of your choice.

Other conferences give country assignments according to which schools received awards the year before.

Questions to Consider
It may be helpful to consider some of the following criteria when narrowing down the countries to list as preference:
  1. What would you like your group to learn from the experience? Which of the countries would help you to satisfy this learning experience?

  2. How do these countries fit into the existing course of study for members in your group? Are you creating a pattern for your course of study? For example, you may wish to teach about Economic Development and would therefore choose countries that are emerging economically.

  3. How much of a challenge do each of the countries pose for your group?

  4. How familiar are members of your group with the countries or region that you have chosen?

  5. Are there enough people in your group to represent the countries that you have chosen in the Model U.N. conferences that you plan to attend? Most conferences provide a matrix detailing the minimum and maximum number of delegates needed to represent each country.
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