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Model UN Research

General Tips for Researching Topics

Plan for researching your topic:

  1. Review any documentation you have received from or has been posted to the website of the conference you will be attending. 
  2. Look at the links posted below for your topic.
  3. Go to the committee homepage of your committee and look for a Documents link.  Review any documents concerning your topic. 
  4. Review the UN Global Issues page concerning your topic. 
  5. Review the speeches of your country about your topic, using the UN Digital Library.
  6. Review the voting record of your country, as outlined at the very bottom of the page. 
  7. Use Google.  Often you can find results if you search for your topic plus the word UN. When you find a page discussing your topic, look for mentions of your country or any organizations that it is a member of.  This often works better than searching for your topic plus the name of your country. 

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Researching Voting Trends

Finding voting records is not the easiest thing in the world.  Here are some directions, adapted from a guide created by the library at Northwestern University:

To carry out a comprehensive search for the voting records of a particular country:

1. Go to the UN Document Centre (link below).
2. Choose the main body in which you are interested.  For example, the General Assemby. Click on "Resolutions" and select a session.
3. Notice that in the General Assembly, many resolutions are labeled "without vote." There won't be voting records for those.
4. Write down the document number (also called the resolution symbol) for resolutions that are not listed "without vote." For example, A/RES/64/292. Make note of the topic, such as "The Human Right to Water & Sanitation."
5. Go to the United Nations Digital Library (link below)
6. Find the link for "Voting Data." Click on it.
7. In the search box, type in the document/resolution symbol that you wrote down.
8. Information about the resolution will come up. Scroll down to find your country.

Note that you can also search by keyword.

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