FINDING YOUR COUNTRY’S STANCE ON A TOPIC

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• What sort of government does your country have?
• Which domestic issues might influence your country’s foreign policy?
• What are some major events in your country’s history? Why are they important?
• Which ethnicities, religions and languages can be found in your country?
• Where is your country located and how does its geography affect its political relationships?
• Which countries share a border with your country?
• Which countries are considered allies of your country?
• Which countries are considered enemies of your country?
• What are the characteristics of your country’s economy?
• What is your country’s gross domestic product (GDP)? How does this compare to other countries in the world?
• When did your country become a member of the UN?
• Does your country belong to any intergovernmental organizations outside the UN system?
• Does your country belong to any regional organizations?
• Does your country belong to any trade organizations or agreements
• What is the issue? How does it affect your country?
• What has your country done to combat the issue?
• What are the various sides in the debate?
• Which aspects of the issue are most important to your country?
• If your country is not involved with the issue, how can it become involved?
• How will your country shape the debate at the conference?
• What arguments will other countries make?
• How do the positions of other countries affect your country’s position?
• Is there evidence or statistics that might help to back up your country’s stance?

It is important you refer the study guides that will be released prior to conference. These will help you understand your topic, gain a better insight and provide you with useful references for research.

Additional tips on research.
• Look up your country’s permanent mission to the UN. You can also call the mission directly to ask questions or request a position statement on an issue.
• Foreign embassies can be very helpful in providing information about their country and their country’s position on the issues you are discussing. We recommend visiting these as a delegation. In the past, delegations have had very productive meetings with embassy officials, and received information packages, and conducted interviews with embassy press secretaries.
• Find your country’s voting records and read speeches on the United Nations Bibliographic Information System website.
• Look at the CIA World Factbook for a general overview on your country, and for figures and statistics as well. The World Factbook is produced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Would your country’s government agree with the way your country is characterized in the World Factbook?
• Check out news and media sources for recent developments in your country.
• Read the US State Department report on your country.
• Look at the UN Economic and Social Development page, which has an index to some prominent issues as well as a list of UN agencies that work in various issue-areas.
• Visit non-governmental organization (NGO) websites. NGOs are an important part of the UN system, due to the valuable research and information they generate. Look for NGOs that address your topic.
• Read academic publications. Although they can be complex, they provide in-depth information on many issues. Professors, students and researchers are constantly conducting studies and publishing papers.

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