Ambassador’s Club Video Series

Videos about the United Nations Featuring UN Ambassadors and Practitioners

Presented by The Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations and American Model United Nations

HAVE YOU EVER . . .

  • Met a UN Ambassador or senior Secretariat member?
  • Had UN diplomats and personnel explain what the UN is really like?
  • Heard a debate or discussion between senior diplomats on UN issues?

From new students to experienced UN students and Model UNers, these video series, produced from 2001-2003, offer insights for everyone about the real workings of and issues before the United Nations. It is an invaluable resource for any Model UN group, UN class, or anyone who wants to know more about the UN. Currently, there are five series in circulation, described below.

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Series I: The United Nations General Assembly

Produced in 2001, this includes four video segments featuring Ambassadors and senior UN Secretariat members speaking about the General Assembly and UN Diplomacy

  • SEGMENT I: INTRODUCTION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
    Presented by Ambassador Ahmad Kamal
    • This segment is an excellent introduction to the UN General Assembly and is perfect for new students of the UN or Model UN. Amb. Kamal provides details and his personal insight on topics such as:
      • Main organs of the UN and their functions
      • Charter of the UN and rules of the General Assembly
      • Use of the rules to achieve Representatives’ goals
      • Rights of UN Member States
      • Mechanics of debates in the General Assembly
      • And many more
    • This segment is ideal as a teacher supplement, or for student run groups.
    • Running time: 40 minutes
  • SEGMENT II: DRAFTING OF UN RESOLUTIONS & DECISIONS
    Presented by Mr. Jean Gazarian
    • This segment walks through the life of a UN resolution, from drafting to completion. Topics are covered which are appropriate for both beginning and advanced students, including:
      • Definitions of resolutions and decisions
      • Construction and parts of a resolution
      • Terminology and accuracy in resolutions
      • Lending emphasis to resolutions
      • The semantics of resolutions — how to add emotion in clauses
      • The importance of negotiation, compromise and consensus building on draft resolutions
    • Running time: 33 minutes
  • SEGMENT III: INTERVIEW WITH AMBASSADORS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
    Featuring Ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock (United Kingdom) and Ambassador Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Egypt)
    • Ambassadors Greenstock and Aboul Gheit engage in a moderated discussion about diplomacy in the UN General Assembly. Topics of discussion include:
      • What is the real importance of the General Assembly?
      • How important are individuals in molding General Assembly resolutions?
      • How important is negotiation in the General Assembly?
      • Can the UN learn any new procedures from Model UN students?
      • And many more
    • This segment is an excellent resource on diplomacy for both beginning and advanced audiences.
    • Running time: 32 minutes
  • SEGMENT IV: INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
    Featuring H.E. Mr. Han Seung-Soo, President of the 56th General Assembly
    • Ambassador Kamal and President Han discuss topics including:
      • What is the President’s role in reconciling the conflicting national interests represented at the UN?
      • How does the President provide leadership in the General Assembly? How is this authority granted?
      • What is the relationship between the General Assembly and the Security Council?
      • How did the events of 11 September 2001 impact the work and priorities of the General Assembly?
    • This rare footage of a General Assembly President is an excellent resource for any audience.
    • Running time: 16 minutes

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Series II: The United Nations and Terrorism / The United Nations and Financing

Produced in 2002, this includes two video segments featuring Ambassadors and senior UN Secretariat members speaking about pressing UN issues

  • SEGMENT I: THE UNITED NATIONS AND TERRORISM
    Featuring Ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock (United Kingdom) and Ambassador Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Egypt)
    • This segment explores UN responses to recent acts of terrorism, and some of the obstacles that lie in the way of comprehensive consensus-building on this issue. Ambassador Greenstock was the head of the UN counter-terrorism committee, created in 2001 by the Security Council, while Ambassador Aboul Gheit represented a Member State which is often a leader in the UN debate on terrorist acts. They address questions relating to international terrorism, including:
      • What are the “root causes” of terrorism, and how are these being addressed in UN deliberations?
      • Can we overcome the fear and paranoia generated by the events of 11 September 2001?
      • How is “terrorism” defined at the UN, and what issues affect the disagreements over the definition?
      • How are the Security Council and the General Assembly involved in the legislative actions to respond to terrorism?
      • Which countries at the UN rank the elimination of terrorism highest among their diplomatic priorities?
    • Running time: 50 minutes
  • SEGMENT II: THE UNITED NATIONS AND FINANCING
    Featuring Mr. Joseph Connor, Under-Secretary-General
    • This segment seeks to uncover some of the commonly-misunderstood elements of UN budgeting and financing, as well as that of its subsidiary bodies and agencies. Mr. Connor, a former Chief Executive Officer of Price-Waterhouse in the United States, answers questions relating to financing with in the UN system, including:
      • How large is the UN budget? How large is the Secretariat?
      • What agencies, funds and programs exist within the UN system?
      • Where does the money in the main UN budget come from, and what formulas are used to assess these contributions?
      • How is the regular budget established?
      • What impact has the arrears of Member States had on UN operations?
      • What is “results-based budgeting,” and how does it affect the strategic plan behind current UN budgets?
      • How are other UN agencies / programs budgeted and funded?
      • How is the private sector involved in the financing of UN activities?
      • How can the UN increase its resource base for the future?
      • How do personnel costs factor into the annual UN operating budget?
    • Running time: 46 minutes

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Series III: The United Nations and Women / The United Nations and Racism

Produced in 2002, this includes two video segments featuring Ambassadors and senior UN Secretariat members speaking about pressing UN issues

  • SEGMENT I: THE UNITED NATIONS AND WOMEN
    Featuring Ms. Noeleen Heyser, Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Ms. Laketch Dirasse, Chief of African Issues for UNIFEM
    • This segment discusses issues relating to gender inequality in various cultures and its impact on factors such as health care, development, poverty and human rights. The UNIFEM representatives explore a number of pressing questions relating to the status of women, including:
      • What is the UN doing to improve the status of women? What international treaties and conventions exist on this issue?
      • What have been the successes and failures of such efforts so far?
      • What challenges do women face in today’s societies?
      • Are efforts being made to evaluate and compensate the work done by women, with specific attention to women in Africa?
      • How does the HIV/AIDS crisis involve the world’s women?
      • What is the status of women in the UN Secretariat?
      • How can the concerns of “cultural differences” be reconciled with efforts to improve the status of women? (topics include female genital mutilation, violence and rape, female infanticide and laws of inheritance)
      • How do international agencies and the private sector help or hinder efforts toward female-oriented development efforts? What more can be done to include women in development efforts?
      • How do the Member States rank gender equality among their diplomatic priorities at the UN?
    • Running time: 47 minutes
  • SEGMENT II: THE UNITED NATIONS AND RACISM
    Featuring Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo (South Africa) and Ambassador John Dauth (Australia)
    • This segment addresses the issue of racism as well as other concerns of discrimination and prejudice against peoples. Both panelists were prominent attendees at the recent world conference on this issue held in Durban, and the efficacy of the conference is also discussed. Specific questions considered in this Segment include:
      • What is racism? Does it include bias against indigenous peoples? Does this term only apply to bias on the basis of color, or is it a broader problem?
      • How did the recent Durban conference address issues of racism?
      • Was Durban’s large, diverse agenda the product of “opportunity seeking” for political gains, or was it a justifiable and necessary expression of widespread national frustrations?
      • What impact did the US withdrawal have on the Durban conference?
      • Is there a relationship between world responses to terrorism and racism?
      • Are restrictions on migration (e.g. immigration) a racist phenomenon?
      • How important is racism on the overall UN agenda?
      • When and how do people aquire tendencies toward racism?
    • Running time: 36 minutes

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Series IV: Zones of Conflict: The Situation in the Middle East / The Situation in South Asia

Produced in 2003, this includes two video segments featuring Ambassadors and senior UN Secretariat members speaking about areas of historical tension

  • SEGMENT I: THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
    Featuring Ambassador Nasser al-Kidwa (Palestine
    • This segment discusses issues relating to this area of historical tension, including:
      • What is the history of the disagreement over Palestine?
      • What political and ideological underpinnings guide Arab and Israeli positions regarding the Middle East?
      • How does the UN play a role in this conflict?
    • Running time: 46 minutes
  • SEGMENT II: THE SITUATION IN SOUTH ASIA
    Featuring Ambassador Vijay Nambiar (India) and Ambassador Ashraf Jehangir Qazi (Pakistan)
    • This segment discusses issues relating to this area of historical tension, including:
      • What is the history behind the disagreement over Kashmir?
      • How does nuclear capacity play a role in this disagreement?
      • How do these two governments differ ideologically?
    • Running time: 63 minutes

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Series V: Zones of Conflict: The Situation in Central Africa / The Situation in West Africa

Produced in 2003, this includes two video segments featuring Ambassadors and senior UN Secretariat members speaking about areas of historical tension

  • SEGMENT I: THE SITUATION IN CENTRAL AFRICA
    Featuring Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari (Under-Secretary-General) and Amb. Dumisani Kumalo (South Africa)
    • This segment discusses issues relating to this area of historical tension, including:
      • What are the causes of conflict in post-colonial Africa?
      • How do external players, such as multi-national corporations and globalization, play roles in conflicts in Africa?
      • What is the significance of the HIV/AIDS crisis?
      • Why should the developed world care about Africa?
    • Running time: 53 minutes
  • SEGMENT II: THE SITUATION IN WEST AFRICA
    Featuring Mr. James Jonah (Fmr. Minister of Finance, Sierra Leone)
    • This segment discusses issues relating to this area of historical tension, including:
      • How can the UN and the international community best deal with interrelated, cross-border conflicts?
      • How has the sale of diamonds affected the current situation in Sierra Leone?
      • What are the positives and negatives to Nigerian or other West African involvement in regional crises?
    • Running time: 50 minutes

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For UN and MUN Course Instructors

We have prepared a series of instructor questions designed to complement the General Assembly Video Series (Series I). Each segment of the series has accompanying questions designed to ensure that students are keeping up with the presenters’ information, and each set includes follow-up questions designed to encourage students to synthesize the information presented in the segment, and to formulate opinions about the presenters’ remarks.

Click here to download the instructor questions for the General Assembly Video Series.

A second file contains the answers to the companion questions, and will be made available to purchasers.

At this time, there is not a companion guide to supplement Series II – V.


Purpose of These Videos

These video series represent a collaboration between United Nations Ambassadors and Secretariat members in a joint effort to educate students, Model UN participants and other interested parties about the work of the United Nations. Series I (in four segments) highlights the roles, procedures and challenges in the General Assembly. In addition to providing an educational experience for Model UN participants, this series also highlights the differences between common Model UN procedures and those of the UN in New York. Additional focus is placed on what lessons the Representatives at the UN may learn from their student counterparts at Model UN conferences.

Completed in 2002 and 2003, Series II through V begin our focus on specific UN issues. These tapes feature experts in various areas of UN affairs discussing what the UN has done in the past, and what it is capable of doing in the future to solve some of the many problems facing the world. These series can be used by a wide variety of groups, from classroom use, to membership organizations with an international focus, community groups interested in these topics, or Model UN participants.

Based on the success of these series, future video segments will focus on other UN issues, UN Organs, and on the roles of specific Member States within the UN.


The Organizations Producing These Videos

These video series’, and future videos like it, are a joint production of the Ambassdor’s Club and American Model United Nations (AMUN). The Ambassador’s club represents over 100 UN Ambassadors, with a broad knowledge of the inner workings of the UN system and ties in almost every UN organization. AMUN is one of the premier Model UN organizations in the United States, providing excellent simulations and educational materials for UN education at all levels. More detailed information on these organizations follows:

ABOUT THE AMBASSADOR’S CLUB
The Ambassador’s Club, founded by Ambassador Ahmad Kamal (former Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN) was created to provide a better understanding in tomorrow’s leaders of what the UN is and what its numerous programs do to make the world a safer place. The Club runs a series of video conferences with colleges and universities across the US, bringing in UN Ambassadors and senior Secretariat members to engage in presentations and discussions with students in remote classrooms. Ambassador Kamal and the Club see these videos as a natural extension of their educational work, bringing the UN to even more students around the world. Visit the Club online at www.un.int/wcm/content/site/ambassadorsclub for more information.

ABOUT AMERICAN MODEL UNITED NATIONS
American Model United Nations, Inc. (AMUN) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion of quality Model UN simulations and to UN education in general. AMUN is an official Non-Governmental Organization recognized by the UN Department of Public Information. AMUN sponsors the AMUN International conference each November in Chicago, Illinois for college students, and also co-sponsored the United Nations International Model UN (UNIMUN) Conference with the United Nations in August 2000. Additionally, AMUN provides numerous educational resources to MUN educators and leaders at all levels. Visit AMUN on-line at www.amun.org for more information.


ORDERING INFORMATION

These videos are distributed exclusively through American Model United Nations and all proceeds go to further work in educating students about the United Nations. Videos can be ordered on-line from this page using our secure server. These videos are available on DVD. Pricing is as follows:

Series I: $49.95
Series II-V: $19.95
More than one Series: Full price for the first series
$2 off a second series
$4 off each subsequent series
There will be an additional charge for shipping.

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