Issues Research:
It is now time to look at the issue you will be debating at MY-MUNOFFS. You will need to know a little about all the topics but a lot about one. Choose one topic to start on and answer the following questions:

Part One:
Post this information on your committee page (for example General Assembly) on the wiki and print out a copy for all members of your committee.
  • General Overview of the Topic / UN perspective
  • Major Parties Involved and Their Views
  • Key Terms Defined
  • Timeline of Events
  • UN Involvement, Relevant Resolutions, Treaties and Events
  • Possible Solutions



Start with the UN Global Issues Page:
http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/

Look for your topic and find information on it.

Then go the UN Cyber School Bus- look to see what you can learn about your topic- use actual facts in your resolutions!!!
http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/

Other sources that can be helpful:

www.crisisgroup.org

http://unbisnet.un.org/

http://documents.un.org/

http://unyearbook.un.org/

Part Two: Now that you have done some of your own research- go to the MYMUNOFFS page and read the report on your topic. Fill in any holes you have:
http://my-munofs-iii.wikispaces.com/Research+Reports

Part Three:
You now need to know how your country feels about this issue. Answer the following questions on your country for your topic and post on the committee page under your topic.
  • What is the problem? How does it affect your country?
  • What has your country done to combat the problem?
  • What are the various “sides” in the debate?
  • Which aspects of the issue are most important to your country?
  • If your country is not involved with the issue, how can it become involved?
  • How will your country shape the debate at the conference?
  • What arguments will other countries make?
  • How do the positions of other countries affect your country’s position?
  • Is there evidence or statistics that might help to back up your country’s position?

Part Four: Now go to http://www.un.org/en/documents/index.shtml and search for actual UN resolutions on your issues.

Topics for debate at MY-MUNOFS III



General Assembly (Peace and Security)

1. Measures to combat piracy on the high seas

2. Peace and security for the Palestinian territories

3. Addressing the arms build up in South and Central America

4. Addressing the issue of drug related violence and its impact on regional security in South and Central America



Human Rights 1

1. Promoting gender equality in the middle east

2. Protection of sites of worship in conflict areas

3. Measures to deal with sudden refugee / migration crises

4. Ensuring protection for minority ethnic groups in South-East Asian states



Human Rights 2

1. Measures to combat child slavery and trafficking

2. Freedom of expression in the Peoples Republic of China

3. Appropriate limits on punishment for ‘young’ criminal offenders

4. Respect for and protection of the cultural and religious uniqueness of the people of Tibet



ECOSOC

1. Corruption as an obstacle to reducing poverty

2. Measures to support democratic development in Libya

3. Ensuring access to education in poor rural and remote areas

4. Measures to protect artifacts and antiquities that are of importance to all humanity



Environment 1

1. Measures to deal with leaks of radiation into the environment

http://library.thinkquest.org/3471/nuclear_waste.html


2. Elimination of the internal combustion engine for personal transport

3. Measures to ensure ‘zero’ environmental damage by shipping in Arctic waters

4. Establishing regulations governing balanced land use between human food and biofuel production



Environment 2

1. Measures to limit the sale of ‘bottled water’

2. Responsibility for restoring the environment after an oil spill

3. Promoting the use of environmentally friendly sources of energy

4. Measures to strengthen the UNESCO World Heritage designation to protect unique environmental areas



Special Conference on Cyberspace: Freedom and Security

1. Protecting and assuring personal privacy and safety

2. Addressing the issue of cyber-bullying among the youth

3. Balancing freedom of expression on the internet with cultural norms

4. Measures to restrict or ban computer gaming that has particular degrees of violence, graphic violence, sexual, or drugs content

http://www.committedsardine.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=2368


Security Council

1. Security for Georgia

2. The situation in southern Thailand

3. Measures to eliminate drug trafficking

4. Responsibility to protect civilians in Syria


Issues Research Assignment




It is now time to look at the issue you will be debating at MY-MUNOFFS. Choose one issue in your committee to focus on and have in depth knowledge of. You will need to know a little about all the topics but a lot about one.


Part One: Read ALL of the research reports on the topics in your committee.

Part Two: Research your focus topic and answer the following questions on your issues. Look on the UN website. Also look at the **UN Economic and Social Development** page, which has an index to some prominent issues as well as a list of UN agencies that work in various issue-areas. Also, through the United Nations Documentation Center, you can find resolutions and voting records from the current and previous years.

Take a look at the UN Millennium Developement Goals
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/poverty.shtml

Also check out this website, it might be helpful for your topic: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/cartograms/

Due Monday: Post all your answers on the wiki under your committee!
  • What is the problem? How does it affect your country?
  • What has your country done to combat the problem?
  • What are the various “sides” in the debate?
  • Which aspects of the issue are most important to your country?
  • If your country is not involved with the issue, how can it become involved?
  • How will your country shape the debate at the conference?
  • What arguments will other countries make?
  • How do the positions of other countries affect your country’s position?
  • Is there evidence or statistics that might help to back up your country’s position?


Part Four: Find a current newspaper article on your issue. Make sure it is from a reliable source like the BBC , New York Times , etc. Bring for Monday.