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Model United Nations Project - 4th Semester





As an effort to create full awareness and involve our academic community in up-to-date global issues, we are motivating students towards thorough research and total immersion into the topic of global warming and thus elicit a personal standpoint enabling them to take action.

The first part of the project is getting students to read about the topic and comprehend what our planet is being affected by, how, why, and what can be done to stop it. After this, the most prepared students will be asked to participate in a Model United Nations Forum.

Each group will be allocated to present at a Model United Nations Forum. At the forum, they will present, debate and discuss their allocated countries views on pollution and climate change. Some themes to explore are the causes of global warming and pollution; how this affects not only their country but the whole world; what measures have been taken to limit carbon emissions and pollution already and what new measures can be put into place; how these will affect the economy and standard of living in these countries; what kind of global agreement can be reached. The recent UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen can and should be used as a reference point.

Each group will be represented by one or two students who will discuss these issues with their high school peers in the forumEach group representative will have time to present an overview of their position, which should be followed by an open discussion of these issues, debating measures to limit climate change and strongly supporting their allocated countries position. The aim should be for all the countries to reach an agreement on a measure that can be taken.

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The project will be completed at the end of the semester, a few weeks before the 2nd Department Exams. In this initial stage, you need to read, comprehend, learn and acquire information relevant to the theme.

4th semester students will focus on Argentina.




Students are expected to be widely familiar with the topic. Therefore, a set of Internet links and resources will be provided in order for them to carry out the appropriate research and become fully immersed in the topic.

a)  Evidence

b)  Impact

c)  Greenhouse effect

d)  Jargon

e)  Forecast for Europe

f)  Glossary

g)  Politics

h)  The Copenhagen summit 2009

i)  Related blogs and articles



In order to understand the direct effect of global warming, please take a look at the charts and make sure you are aware of the evidence around the world.

Click on the map to see examples of the kind of weather conditions that may become more common as the world gets hotter. Don't forget your focus should be on UK.

Greenhouse effect
Although you've been totally immersed in the subject, take the time to check the animated version to fully understand what you're talking about.

Jargon Quiz
Everyone has heard about global warming - but how much of the jargon do you really understand? Take the climate quiz to see how much has passed you by.

What's happening in South America and Argentina
South America is set to undergo dramatic changes.




Click on the links for a simple guide to some of the key terms (carbon sequestration, carbon sinks, carbon trading, global warming, greenhouse effect, IPCC, Kyoto Protocol, the arguments, UNFCCC, etc.). You should be well familiarized with the key terms in order to use them accordingly when required to do so.









Talking points
Here are some other links which you will find useful:

Copenhagen summit 2009

Earth watch
Make sure you dive into the recent reports found at the right side of this blog! 




Rubrics to be considered:

·         Subject knowledge – clear understanding of the topic

·         Organization and clarity

·         Use of arguments – relevant reasons given in support, use of persuasive language, argument clear and convincing

·         Use of examples – supporting examples and facts given

·         Use of rebuttal – effective counter-argument

·         Body language and appearance – eye contact, gestures, level of enthusiasm

·         Voice – inflection, volume, tone

·         Teamwork – use of team members effectively


.Please have in mind that although your participation will be focused on information relevant to the United Kingdom, you should have some background knowledge so as to counter-argue intelligently and with acceptable basis



Webquest created by Ms. Gennie López - using eduteka.org, and according to the project requirements set by Ms. Luz María Estévez.

The development of this webquest is fully based upon BBC News - Internet Site.

Fecha de publicación: 2010-02-09 00:00:00
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