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Model United Nations Summer Academy Schedule

Model United Nations Summer Academy 2022

LEARN FROM A REAL LIFE DIPLOMAT
Before joining Montclair State University, Professor Toro Carnevali served as a diplomat to the United Nations for ten years. During that time he was elected Vice-president of the first committee (Disarmament and International Security) of the General Assembly and Coordinator of the Security Council’s sub-working group on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. You can reach him at any time at torocarnevaa@montclair.edu

TRANSFORM YOURSELF INTO A UNITED NATIONS DELEGATE
Submerge yourself into a 3-week intensive experience as a United Nations delegate. This will be a unique opportunity for you to learn how diplomats conduct research, deliver statements, draft resolutions, and negotiate. It will also be an occasion for you to learn about different political, economic, social, and cultural systems and to fully embody the role of a delegate from a country different from your own as he/she/they try to resolve some of the most controversial issues in international affairs.

The Model United Nations Summer Academy is divided into four key components: I) Know your Country; II) Know Your Topics; III) Know Your National Positions; IV) Negotiate. This format guarantees that students will arrive at the negotiating table on Monday, August 1st, with an in-depth knowledge of the countries that they have been assigned to represent and their positions on three key areas: international peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development.

The twenty (20) participating countries are: Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland , South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Country representations shall be assigned by random selection.

Course Schedule

JULY 18: In-Person Class with Professor Toro Carnevali at Montclair State University (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)

July 19-22: KNOW YOUR COUNTRY

From July 19 to July 22, students are expected to work on getting to know the countries that they have been assigned to as well as possible. Following a pre-designed questionnaire and using a set of pre-established reliable sources, students will have to answer questions regarding their country’s population, people and society, military, politics, foreign policy, economics, human rights record, development, biodiversity, and CO2 contributions. The deadline for the first online assignment is July 22nd at 11:59 p.m.

July 23-26: KNOW YOUR TOPICS

From July 23 to July 26, students will be asked to study and become acquainted with a set of key legal and policy instruments that will inform their negotiations. These key documents include the Charter of the United Nations, the UN Declaration on Human Rights, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, among others. Students will be asked to reflect on a set of questions emanating from these readings and turn in their written assignment by Tuesday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m.

July 27-30: KNOW YOUR NATIONAL POSITIONS

From July 27 to July 30, students will be presented with three case studies that will serve as the basis for negotiations. They will have to read these cases and piece together the knowledge they have acquired about the countries they are representing and the topics that are under debate. They will also be asked to conduct additional research using recommended reliable sources to determine their country’s position regarding the three areas of debate: international peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development. By July 30 at 11:59 p.m., students must turn in three national position papers – one for each case study- following a predetermined format.

July 31- August 6: NEGOTIATE – IN-RESIDENCE EXPERIENCE

  • Sunday, July 31: Arrival and Opening Ceremony at Montclair State University
  • Monday, August 1: Skills Training
  • Tuesday, August 2: International Peace and Security Negotiations
  • Wednesday, August 3: Human Rights Negotiations
  • Thursday, August 4: Sustainable Development Negotiations
  • Friday, August 5: Field Trip to NYC for UN Diplomatic Missions
  • Saturday, August 6: Closing Ceremony and Departure

The in-residence experience will also include film-nights on topics related to international affairs and other fun activities.

Detailed Schedule of In-Residence Experience

SUNDAY, July 31

TOPIC: Arrival and opening ceremony

3:00pm-5:00pm Check in and Registration
5:00pm-6:00pm Residential Hall Orientation
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm-8:00pm Opening Ceremony

MONDAY, August 1

TOPIC: Skills Training

9:00am-10:00am Breakfast
10:00am-11:30am Training: Best research practices
11:30am-1:00pm Training: Drafting UN resolution
1:00pm-3:00pm Lunch
3:00pm-4:00pm College Admissions Presentation
4:00pm-6:00pm Training: Negotiating at the United Nations
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm-9:00pm Social Activity

TUESDAY, August 2

TOPIC: International Peace and Security Negotiations

Preparation: Dress Code Casual

9:00am-10:00am Breakfast
10:00am-11:30am Drafting and reviewing national speeches
11:30am-1:00pm Building coalitions and common positions
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch

Negotiations: Dress Code Business Attire

2:00pm-3:30pm Delivering National Speeches
3:30pm-3:35pm Introduction of draft resolution by Chairperson
3:35pm-4:30pm Moderated caucus to discuss draft resolution
4:30pm-5:30pm Unmoderated caucus to discuss draft resolution
5:30pm-6:00pm Decision making on draft resolution
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm-7:30pm Debriefing on Negotiations
7:30pm-9:30pm Movie Night

WEDNESDAY, August 3

TOPIC: Human Rights Negotiations

Preparation: Dress Code Casual

9:00am-10:00am Breakfast
10:00am-11:30am Drafting and reviewing national speeches
11:30am-1:00pm Building coalitions and common positions
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch

Negotiations: Dress Code Business Attire

2:00pm-3:30pm Delivering National Speeches
3:30pm-3:35pm Introduction of draft resolution by Chairperson
3:35pm-4:30pm Moderated caucus to discuss draft resolution
4:30pm-5:30pm Unmoderated caucus to discuss draft resolution
5:30pm-6:00pm Decision making on draft resolution
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm-7:30pm Debriefing on Negotiations
7:30pm-9:30pm Social Activity

THURSDAY, August 4

TOPIC: Sustainable Development Negotiations

Preparation: Dress Code Casual

9:00am-10:00am Breakfast
10:00am-11:30am Drafting and reviewing national speeches
11:30am-1:00pm Building coalitions and common positions
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch

Negotiations: Dress Code Business Attire

2:00pm-3:30pm Delivering National Speeches
3:30pm-3:35pm Introduction of draft resolution by Chairperson
3:35pm-4:30pm Moderated caucus to discuss draft resolution
4:30pm-5:30pm Unmoderated caucus to discuss draft resolution
5:30pm-6:00pm Decision making on draft resolution
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm-7:30pm Debriefing on Negotiations
7:30pm-9:30pm Movie Night

FRIDAY, August 5

TOPIC: Visit to the UN Diplomatic Missions in New York

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-10:00am Ride to New York City
10:00am-11:00am Tour of UN Headquarters (pending re-opening)
11:00am-1:00pm Visit to UN Diplomatic Missions
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm Ride back to Montclair State University
3:00pm-6:00pm Writing Final Reflection Paper
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm-7:30pm Debriefing
7:30pm-9:30pm Goodbye Get Together

SATURDAY, August 6

TOPIC: Closing Ceremony and Departure

8:00am-10:00am Breakfast and Check-out
10:00am-12:00pm MUN Closing Ceremonies: Certificates and Awards