United Nations Badgeunited nations

(Discover the World)

By Sarah Bruekherr



Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Understand what the United Nations is. What is its goal? What does it do?

_____2.* Find out the name of your country's ambassador to the United Nations.


Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* When was the United Nations formed? Make a brief timeline with at least five important events.


Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Learn the meaning of the following terms in relation to the U.N.:

  • Delegate
  • Resolution
  • Amendment
  • Caucus
  • Bloc


Butterfly: Do six requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* The United Nations consists of several departments and associated organizations. Learn the differences between the U.N. General Assembly, the U.N. Secretariat, the U.N. Security Council, and the U.N. Economic and Social Council. Be able to explain what each one does.


Eagle: Do seven requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Learn about the International Court of Justice, the judicial branch of the United Nations. What is its role? How does it differ from the International Criminal Court?


Owl: Do nine requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____3. Be able to explain the difference between a friendly and unfriendly amendment, and between a moderated and unmoderated caucus.

_____4. Learn about the World Health Organization, a special agency of the U.N. What does it do?

_____5. What does the Security-General of the United Nations do? Who is the current U.N. Security-General?

_____6. What other events or organizations led up to the creation of the United Nations? What was the League of Nations?

_____7. Many schools, especially high schools and colleges, have Model United Nations teams. They simulate real U.N. committees and roleplay as U.N. delegates. Represent a country in a Model U.N. conference.

_____8. The United Nations started with only fifty member states. It now has one-hundred and ninety-three. Find a list of them. Were there any countries that you were surprised are members of the U.N.? List at least three countries who are not members of the U.N. Who are they?

_____9. Learn what it means for a country to have "veto power." There are five countries with permanent places on the Security Council, and they wield veto power. Which countries are they? Eagles and Owls: Do you agree that they are the most appropriate countries to hold veto power? Some people don't feel any countries should hold veto power - what do you think?

_____10. Learn about U.N. peacekeeping missions and peacekeeping forces. Which countries contribute the most troops to peacekeeping forces? What factors do you think cause these countries to contribute the most peacekeepers?

_____11. Learn about UNICEF, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. What kind of work do they do?