Correct answers are marked with*
 What is the UN?
A: United Nationals
B: United Nations *
C: Unified Nations
 When was the UN set up?
 What event contributed to it being set up?
A: Vietnam war
B: World war II*
C: Famine in Africa
 There are 193 countries in the world, how many are members of the UN?
 Which 2 countries are not members?
 The UN has a security council, a sub-group that tries to keep the world a safe place. Who has permanent membership?
D: United States
E: United Kingdom
F: All of these*
 When the Security Council hears about a threat to peace the first thing it does is:
A: Sends weapons inspectors
B: Tries to get both sides to reach an agreement without fighting*
C: Sends soldiers
 If there is already fighting what does the security council try to do?
A: Stop the fighting immediately*
B: Make sure the right person wins
C: Find out who started it and punish them
 UN members sometimes send troops to keep opposing armies apart. This is called:
A: UN Peacekeeping*
B: UN Sanctions
C: UN Resolution
 The UN's last resort for solving a problem is:
A: Collective military action*
B: Economic sanctions (trade embargo)
Convene a meeting of the Security Council.
[A] Assign these roles to the group.
Countries that were important in 1945 when the UN was set up.
- United States
Countries voted on to the Security Council as of Jan 2003.
[B]Explain the rules for voting.
-One member, one vote
-Any permanent member can veto a decision
-Nine votes needed to carry a decision
-Five of the nine votes must come from permanent members
[C] Ask the council to vote on these proposals:
All Americans have to pay half their incomes in to a big pot. This to be shared out for every other country in the world to buy weapons.
Taiwan (an enemy of China) should be allowed to double its army by purchasing lots of weapons from Russia and France.
India (which has a border dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir) should be allowed to double its army by purchasing lots of weapons from Russia and France.
Israel (an important ally of the USA) should be allowed to develop lots more weapons. This may not go down well with its Arab neighbours (like Syria).
Write a summary explaining how the voting system favours some countries and their allies.
How would the permanent members of the UN security council be different if it was being set up today.
Prompt: Japan in, UK out, etc
- The UN originally had 51 Member States now it has 191 members. The Vatican is not a member and Taiwan is not recognised as an independent state.
- The UN logo shows the world held in the 'olive branches of peace'.
- Kofi Annan of Ghana is the seventh UN Secretary-General.
- Came into existence on 24 October 1945 (now United Nations Day).
- The UN's purpose is to work for peace and development, based on justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people.
- They meet in the General Assembly, which is the closest thing to a world parliament.
- Each country has a single vote.
- The Assembly's decisions become resolutions (not laws) that carry the weight of world governmental opinion.
- The United Nations Headquarters is in New York City but the land and buildings are international territory.
- The Security Council has primary responsibility, under the Charter, for the maintenance of international peace and security.
- The Council has 15 members- five permanent members and 10 elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms
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