2016 Rotary Model UN Overview
Our District 5340 is the only one in the United States with a Rotary Model United Nations Program, started by our District's Pathways to Peace Committee twelve years ago. Rotary International has a long and proud association with the U.N, with Rotarians involved in its charter, and having the highest consultative status of any nongovernmental organization. We are partners with the U.N. in our PolioPlus initiative.
Rotary clubs select teams of two high school students and one advisor, who can be a Rotarian, teacher or parent. A club can sponsor more than one team. Several months before the Conference, the students are given two modified current-day UN Resolutions to address, and will undergo a day of training in analytical and negotiating skills, what to expect at the actual Conference and then the students select the countries to which they will become ambassadors. Advisors are also given training and advised of our District's Youth Protection Policy.
Why should Clubs sponsor a Model UN team?
Trains students in peaceful conflict resolution, diplomatic negotiating strategies, and critical and analytical thinking and speaking skills.
Exposes students to complex international issues and different cultures and political ideologies in order to develop a more balanced, objective worldly perspective.
Increases your Club's involvement with Youth Services in addition to LEAD, RYLA, Interact, Rotaract, and the four-way speech contest.
Being Rotary, we deliberately recruit students from a cross section of San Diego County schools, including inner city schools such as San Diego High School and Monarch, in addition to more recognized high schools. In this way, students from a variety of backgrounds get to interact and become friends with each other. MUN students can be from freshmen to seniors.
The 2016 Conference takes place on April 9 – 10, 2016 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego. Students and advisors will stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley on Saturday night. Last year we were very fortunate to have Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow as our keynote speaker at Saturday night’s banquet. Ambassador Davidow is the former U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Venezuela and Mexico. We are still searching for our 2016 keynote speaker. Families and guests of students and advisors and other Rotarians can purchase tickets for the Saturday evening banquet and keynote address.
The cost of the 2016 MUN Program will be: $750 per team of 2 students and 1 advisor.
Please contact the District Chair now to reserve space for your Club for this exciting Program.
Rotary Model United Nations Program - developing the world leaders of tomorrow - today.
Kevin A. Cahill,
Rotary District 5340 Model United Nations Program