--Where can I find out more about Model United Nations conferences?
The United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) is an excellent source for everything from getting a team together and preparing to represent a country to running a conference. Go to http://www.unausa.org/ and click on Model UN. You will find research tips, sample resolution and position papers, and much more.
-- Do I need to memorize the UN Charter?
No, but you should be familiar with it and bring a copy to the conference so you can be sure that your resolutions are consistent with the fundamental rules of the UN. The Charter is available at http://www.un.org/aboutun/charter.
-- What news sources will help me keep up with what is happening at the United Nations?
The UN News Centre ( http://www.un.org/News/) is the official press agency of the UN. It has information about all UN committees and member countries. If you would like to receive this information in email form, you can subscribe to UN Wire ( http://www.smartbrief.com/un_wire/).
-- What other news sources do you recommend for keeping up with international relations?
It's always best to consult several sources. Reliable US newspapers include the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. The journals Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy are also excellent.
International sources include the Economist, the Guardian, and Le Monde. Worldpress.org is another excellent source; It digests international news from media sources around the world.
Radio sources include National Public Radio programs such as “Morning Edition,” BBC World Service,” and “All Things Considered."
TV sources include Montana PBS and KSPS news shows such as “The News Hour,” “BBC World,” “Charlie Rose,” “NOW,” and “Frontline." We especially like “Foreign Exchange" because the guests are almost always international policy makers and scholars. The ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news, as well as ABC’s “Nightline,” can also be helpful.