Friday, May 11, 2012

Reforming the UN

A meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

·         With your partner, identify the most important information related to your topic. Highlight or underline important names, dates, organizations, etc. You will present this information to two other groups.
·         Then, look at the questions under the topic headings you were not assigned. Be prepared to ask questions about these during your roundtable discussion.
PART #3: ROUNDTABLE MEETINGS (10 points notes, 10 points presentation)
You will meet with two other countries to discuss your topics. For the two topics you were not assigned, listen to the other groups talk. Complete the following on your loose leaf paper under the "Part 3" heading for each of the groups you listen to.
1.    Record the name of the country presenting.
2.    Take notes on the information they present. If they say it, you should write it down.
3.    If the other groups do not present information for each of the questions they were required to research, ask questions. Record any additional information you learn in this way.
Presentation components:
·         Speak clearly
·         Make eye contact with the other members of your roundtable
·         Stay on task
·         Fully summarize the information you located.
Now that you are an expert on the history, purpose, and mission of the U.N. You must begin to get involved.  The U.N. Is going to hold meetings to analyze if it needs to change with the changing world. The expertise of new ambassadors (you!) is desired to help the U.N. decide what to do.
PART 4: “A CALL FOR REFORM” ARTICLE ANALYSIS ( 2 pts each, 10 points total  )
You will work with your partner to analyze the article “A Call for Reform”. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon wants to know what you think about the push for reform.

You and your partner will read and evaluate the information in the article as new U.N. Ambassadors for your respective countries. Respond to the following questions on your loose leaf paper. Label this section "Part 4".
  1. Should the U.N.’s power be increased to have enforcement authority over any nation, or should it be decreased to only provide humanitarian aid when asked?
  2. "The end of the Cold War changed the purpose of the U.N.’s original mission to prevent another world war." Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Explain your response, giving evidence from the documents we've examined as a class.
  3. Can the U.N., in its current configuration, be effective in preventing global terrorism? Explain your answer, using evidence from your documents.
  4. Examine the end of the article. Are the right issues being addressed by the U.N. in its potential reform process? Is there anything else it should consider to make sure that it is serving the needs of the international community? Explain you response.
  5. Overall, do you feel the U.N. is a successful organization? Explain your response. Cite examples to support your view.

PART 5:  Your Country and the UN (10 points each, 20 points total).
It is time to learn a little more about the country you are representing. 

Find your country on the CIA World Factbook website. Use the information you discover to respond to the following questions. Each response must include specific data to support your answer. Your responses are graded based on this rubric.
  1. How could the United Nations help your country? Refer to one of the official UN bodies in your response, then give statistical evidence from the CIA World Factbook to back up your argument.
  2. How could your country provide assistance to UN programs? Refer to one of the official UN bodies in your response, then give statistical evidence from the CIA World Factbook to back up your argument.                       

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