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What is United Nations?

In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco – USA at the United Nations Conference on International Organization to draw up the United Nations Charter. It was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and a majority of other signatories. As a result, the United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945.

The United Nations has been working with international leaders in three major areas - Human Rights, Peace Keeping, and Sustainable Development.

In September of 2000 at the Millennium Summit, the largest gathering of world leaders in history, adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, which have become known as the Millennium Development Goals.


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions-incomes, poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. They are also basic human rights- the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) is a shared vision among all international leaders. Because of these goals, they all know what development is about and they all know what needs to be done.


UN Millennium Development Goals

Goal 01= Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

Goal 02 = Achieve Universal Primary Education

Goal 03: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Goal 04: Reduce Child Mortality

Goal 05: Improve Maternal Health

Goal 06: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

Goal 07: Ensure Environment Stability

Goal 08: Develop a Global Partnership for Development


What is United Nations Association?

We are a peoples' movement in support of the United Nations.         

Inspired by the opening words of the United Nations Charter "We the Peoples", the World Federation was created in 1946 - one year after the establishment of the UN.

Today, it has become a global network of hundreds of thousands of people linked together through  United Nations Associations in over 100 member states of the UN.    Its networks enable people to connect with each other on critical global issues affecting us all, from peace and human rights to the spread of democracy, equitable development, and international justice.


United Nations Associations exist in 102 countries

37 European countries

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.


24 Asian Pacific countries

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand and Yemen.

21 African countries

Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.


11 North American countries

Barbados, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago and United States of America.

09 South American countries

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.


What is UNA USA?

UNA USA is an independent, non-partisan organization of volunteers whose primary focus is to inform and educate the people in United States about the work of the United Nations and its subsidiary agencies.

There are 175 chapter in most every of the 50 states.

This preeminent citizen’s organizations consists of a network of 175 chapters and divisions, over 30,000 volunteers, and an outstanding professional staff with offices in New York and Washington, DC.


UNA USA devotes to shaping an agenda for a stronger more effective United Nations which will improve the lives of people throughout the world and to enhancing US participation in international institutions. UNA USA provides information for students, scholars, Congress and the media.


What is the United Nations Association of Dallas?

The United Nations Association of Dallas is the local chapter of UNA USA and involved in numerous projects including: Global Classrooms, Millennium Development Goals, Human Right Day, Student Alliance groups in college, Youth Professionals (YPIC) and Women’s International Peace Conference.

UNA Dallas Chapter

P.O. Box 801411

Dallas – Texas – 75380-1411



Model United Nations at Richland College

Earl Eames Award 2008 Recipient


Model United Nations at Richland College


Earl Eames Award 2008 Recipient


Model United Nations benefits to students

    • Allows students to practice diplomacy, negotiation, and policy writing
    • Exposes students to global viewpoints that would otherwise remain foreign to them
    • Highlights the benefits of international cooperation and concern for the welfare of humanity regardless of national borders.
    • Educates students to play an active role as a community members in finding solutions to the challenges our world faces
    • Encourages students to become global citizens with a strong commitment to peace

Model United Nations for Everyone Video

This video explains how United Nations and United Nations Association view youth education in global issues.


Research Assignments

  • Students can use the Country Profile, provided by UNA USA as a guide for how to present the country to classmates in a more International Relations format.
  • Country Profile:
  • Students should use the Research Database provided by UNA USA, to research about their country selection.
  • Research:

Writing Assignments

Students can use the Preparation guide to assist them in how to write a position paper and a resolution paper.

Preparation Guide:

Public Speaking Assignments

Students can use the Preparation guide to assist them in how to make a speech during the debates.

Preparation Guide:


What are the Going Global with UN videos?

UNA Westchester Chapter created the “Going Global with UN” videos in 2005, which contains 26 half-hour videos covering the work that the UN has been doing since 1945 in the following areas;

Richland College with the support of the LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications and United Nations Association of Dallas brought the Videos to Dallas. Dallas is the only second city to broadcast the videos in the United States after New York, the producer and Dallas is the first city in the world to have the videos on line.


Videos Topics

  • Overview of UN and UNA
  • The UN millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
  • Achieve Universal Primary Education

Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

  • Improve Maternal Health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
  • Ensure Environmental Stability
  • Develop a Global Partnership for Development
  • Peace and Security

Videos can be viewed at three locations:

1. Online

2. Richland College Media Center

3. DFW cable channels

The 70 videos are divided in three seasons and each video is 30 minutes long (13 hours per season)

Visit the following webpage to watch the videos on line and to know

the cable channels


Videos Assignments

  • Videos Index :
  • Country Index:
  • Student Study Guide
  • Faculty Study Guide

Model UN Expo

Students can create a Country display and participate in a Model UN Expo, where classmates will compete for the best class display. Just like a Science Fair, but now a Model UN Expo

Students can use the Country Profile, provided by UNA USA as a guide for how to present the country to classmates in a more international relations format.

Country Profile:

Students should use the Research Database provided by UNA USA, to research their country selection.


Soon we will post a Model UN Expo Sample on our webpage


Model United Nations at Richland College Committee Members

Noeli Biggs

International Programs Coordinator

International Education and Partnerships


Diana Urrutia

ESOL Faculty

World Languages and Cultures Communications


Jeana Remington

Associate Dean of International Education

World Languages and Cultures Communications