Eugene Rotary Model United Nations Conference
April 6-7, 2019
The first annual Eugene Rotary Model United Nations Conference will take place on the weekend of April 6 and 7, 2019 at Valley River Inn in Eugene, Oregon. The Rotary Model United nations is patterned after the United Nations General Assembly. Each team will represent a country that is represented at the United Nations. These students are selected, sponsored, supported, and advised by participating Rotary Clubs and sponsors. The adviser attends the Conference and may be a Rotarian, a teacher or other interested member of the community.
Prior to the Model United Nations Conference, one resolution will be distributed to the participants. The resolution will closely relate to currently pressing international issues before the real UN General Assembly. Our Rotary community is only the second in the entire United States to operate a Model UN program following the San Diego area Rotarians who have held fourteen Model United Nations Conferences.
The students are given training in peaceful conflict resolution, diplomatic negotiating, and analytical thinking and speaking skills. As ambassadors of their particular country, students will research the political, economic and cultural aspects of their nation in order to develop that country’s position on the resolution. They will then weave those positions into sponsoring, supporting, or opposing speeches directed to the resolution.
During the two-day Model United Nations Conference, the student delegates present their prepared and spontaneous speeches to the General Assembly. On Saturday afternoon they also break into smaller caucus groups to forge alliances and propose, discuss, and draft various amendments to the resolution that will hopefully satisfy the positions of the various countries. On Saturday evening we will have a dynamic keynote presentation from Paul K. Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
On Sunday, the student ambassadors will present and debate each caucus group’s amendments to the resolution. After further collaborations and refinements of the various amendments, the students will then vote on the amendments to the resolution with the goal of reaching unanimity or majority consensus on a final amendment to the resolution.
Please read the Student Welcome Letter to learn about the immeasurable benefits the student will receive by participating in this tremendous experience. Rotary Model UN is not a competitive program; there are no winners or losers. We emphasize peaceful consensus building and diplomacy among the activities of all our high school students. We focus on instilling the Rotary spirit of “Service Above Self” and other essential tools to enable them to become effective negotiators, consensus builders and peace makers; skill sets they will use in whatever career they pursue.
We hope to inspire students to become creative problem solvers and perhaps the next community leaders, diplomats or Rotarians of our world.
Student Welcome Letter
Application & Permission Form
Medical Release Form
Country Research Outline