Before the day

Brief everyone involved on the formal structure including appropriate language, clothes, behaviour. Create the sense of occasion early on and encourage everyone to maintain it throughout.

All involved, including adults, need to have a specific UN role and wherever possible visitors should be in role as observers or advisors. It might be a good idea to have a ‘Secretariat’, a group of people to look after registration and logistics on the day.

Invite local radio and press coverage.

We suggest finding additional resource material about your selected country or topic for debate at non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including:

Save the Children -
Amnesty -
Action Aid -
Oxfam -
Greenpeace -
Friends of the Earth -
United Nations Association -
New Internationalist magazine -
Refugee International -
Make Poverty History -
Water Aid -
The Joint United Nations programme on Aids -
Reading International Solidarity Centre –

Activities to lead into the General Assembly Debate

• Talks from speakers with specialist knowledge, such as young people who came to the area as refugees, or representatives of NGOs or charities relevant to the issues under discussion. Most of these organisations provide speakers free of charge, though schools will often hold an event to raise money to provide a donation. Some local and national government departments will also send speakers, such as the Ministry of Defence.

• Q&A sessions on the issues being discussed, developing into more formal debates chaired wherever possible by older students.

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