Programme

The first half of the camp will be dedicated to workshops to train students, including a range of activities such as icebreaking games, public speaking workshops and group discussions, with the aim of providing students with skills such as critical thinking and reasoning which are vital in today’s society. The second half will involve a simulation of the United Nations known as Model United Nations. For this task, students are given countries to represent and become diplomats discussing pressing global issues.

Why Does OKMUN Have Workshops?

Our workshops are typically 1.5-2.5 hours long and are designed specifically for building up the skills of participants in helping them become global leaders of the 21st century through an immersive learning-by-doing approach.

As much as Model United Nationa can be a valuable activity, for those with little to no experience, we believe in a need to first equip them with skills such as critical thinking, negotiation, public speaking and problem analysis through workshops.

In the workshops, we will also cover a broad range of topical issues ranging from gender and immigration to climate change and technological competition. In addition, the functioning and role of the United Nations in global governance and encouraging international cooperation will be a running theme throughout the workshops.

What's the organisation?

In this workshop, participants are either assigned an international organisation often agencies of the United Nations (such as World Bank, World Trade Organisation and UN Security Council)

Each international organisation matches with an international issue. The challenge is for participants to use their critical thinking skills and ask questions to find their “match.” The trick is that each person is not allowed to use certain words such as their organisation name which encourages participants to be creative and innovative in their line of questioning.

At the same time, the activity offers an opportunity for participants to learn about the functions of a wide range of international organisations and the role they play in encouraging multilateral cooperation and global governance.

Parliamentary Debate

Students are divided into two teams – one speaking in favour of a motion, and one against. The students are then given a brief period to engage in some basic research. After this using skills of persuasion, reasoning and logic, students defend their own position and try to persuade others to agree to their point of view. With its educational focus at OKMUN, a member of the secretariat gave feedback to the students.

Nuclear Policy

Students are split into groups, with each assigned a country that possesses nuclear weapons. In the group, they discuss the role that nuclear weapons play in their foreign policy today. Students then engage in lobbying and try to pair up with another country with the goal of furthering their own security. For example, the United States and Israel may pair together as a means of strengthening and improving security in the Middle East.

What is Model United Nations?

At OKMUN, there will be 3 basic stages to the Model United Nations.

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Assignment + Research

Students will be assigned to one of two committees and be paired up with another student. Together, the two students represent a country within the United Nations. At OKMUN, we encourage students to read the background guide and engage in some preliminary research. However, we have time allocated for further research during the camp, including tips on how to research, so don’t worry if you feel underprepared or unsure.
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Debate

At an MUN, most of the time is spent debating and discussing about the assigned topic. In this stage, students are expected to set out their opinion, try and persuade others to support their views and negotiate where there are differences. Debate in MUN takes one of three forms. These are the speakers’ list (formal debate), moderated caucus (informal debate) and unmoderated caucus (lobbying).
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Resolution + Voting

As students debate, it becomes clearer as to what countries can agree on. At this stage, students are expected to start writing an outcome document known as a “resolution”, which reflects the views and beliefs of the participating member states. After the resolution is complete, students vote either in favour or against the resolution. For a resolution to become a formal document, it requires more than 50% of member states to vote in favour.
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What is Model United Nations?

At OKMUN, there will be 3 basic stages to the Model United Nations

l

Assignment + Research

Students will be assigned to one of two committees and be paired up with another student. Together, the two students represent a country within the United Nations. At OKMUN, we encourage students to read the background guide and engage in some preliminary research. However, we have time allocated for further research during the camp, including tips on how to research, so don’t worry if you feel underprepared or unsure.
01

Debate

At an MUN, most of the time is spent debating and discussing about the assigned topic. In this stage, students are expected to set out their opinion, try and persuade others to support their views and negotiate where there are differences. Debate in MUN takes one of three forms. These are the speakers’ list (formal debate), moderated caucus (informal debate) and unmoderated caucus (lobbying).
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Resolution + Voting

As students debate, it becomes clearer as to what countries can agree on. At this stage, students are expected to start writing an outcome document known as a “resolution”, which reflects the views and beliefs of the participating member states. After the resolution is complete, students vote either in favour or against the resolution. For a resolution to become a formal document, it requires more than 50% of member states to vote in favour.
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Camp Schedule

Day 1

TimeActivity
11:30-14:30Bus (Hakata to Kuju Cottage)
14:30-15:00Check-in
15:00-15:45Icebreaker I: Find your Match
15:45-16:15Icebreaker II: Order and Chaos
16:15-17:00Icebreaker III: What’s the Story?
17:00-17:30Presentation: Our Story and Vision
17:30-18:30Dinner
18:30-19:00Presentation: Introduction to the UN
19:00-20:00Workshop I
20:00-20:15Break
20:15-21:00Workshop II
21:00-22:00Group Reflection Time

Day 2

TimeActivity
07:30-08:30Breakfast
09:00-09:30Energiser
09:30-10:45Workshop III
10:45-11:00Break
11:00-12:00Workshop IV
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-14:45Workshop V
14:45-15:00Break
15:00-15:45Presentation: How does MUN work?
15:45-16:30Conducting Research
16:30-17:30MUN Workshop I: Positions
17:30-18:30Dinner
18:30-18:45Presentation: Position Papers
19:00-21:00MUN Workshop II: Resolutions
21:00-22:00Group Reflection Time

Day 3

TimeActivity
07:30-08:30Breakfast
09:00-09:30Energiser: Quiz
09:30-11:15MUN Workshop III: Mock Debate
11:15-12:00Opening Speeches
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-15:00Debate Session I
15:00-15:15Break
15:15-17:15Debate Session II
17:15-17:30Reflection
17:30-19:30BBQ
19:30-21:00Social Event
21:00-22:00Group Reflection Time

Day 4

TimeActivity
07:30-08:30Breakfast
08:30-09:00Packing
09:00-09:30Energiser
09:30-11:30Debate Session III
11:30-12:00Resolutions + Voting
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-14:00Group Reflections and Farewells
14:00-Bus (Kuju Cottage to Hakata)

Camp Schedule

Day 1

TimeActivity
11:30-14:30Bus (Hakata to Kuju Cottage)
14:30-15:00Check-in
15:00-15:45Icebreaker I: Find your Match
15:45-16:15Icebreaker II: Order and Chaos
16:15-17:00Icebreaker III: What’s the Story?
17:00-17:30Presentation: Our Story and Vision
17:30-18:30Dinner
18:30-19:00Presentation: Introduction to the UN
19:00-20:00Workshop I
20:00-20:15Break
20:15-21:00Workshop II
21:00-22:00Group Reflection Time

Day 2

TimeActivity
07:30-08:30Breakfast
09:00-09:30Energiser
09:30-10:45Workshop III
10:45-11:00Break
11:00-12:00Workshop IV
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-14:45Workshop V
14:45-15:00Break
15:00-15:45Presentation: How does MUN work?
15:45-16:30Conducting Research
16:30-17:30MUN Workshop I: Positions
17:30-18:30Dinner
18:30-18:45Presentation: Position Papers
19:00-21:00MUN Workshop II: Resolutions
21:00-22:00Group Reflection Time

Day 3

TimeActivity
07:30-08:30Breakfast
09:00-09:30Energiser: Quiz
09:30-11:15MUN Workshop III: Mock Debate
11:15-12:00Opening Speeches
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-15:00Debate Session I
15:00-15:15Break
15:15-17:15Debate Session II
17:15-17:30Reflection
17:30-19:30BBQ
19:30-21:00Social Event
21:00-22:00Group Reflection Time

Day 4

TimeActivity
07:30-08:30Breakfast
08:30-09:00Packing
09:00-09:30Energiser
09:30-11:30Debate Session III
11:30-12:00Resolutions + Voting
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-14:00Group Reflections and Farewells
14:00-Bus (Kuju Cottage to Hakata)