Expanding Perspectives & Creating New Connections


Model UN is a unique, interactive program that brings world affairs to life for high school and middle school students. Through participation in Model UN simulations, students achieve global learning objectives. They are empowered to investigate the world, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse audiences, and apply what they learn creatively during research, debate, and conference time. CCWA has organized Model UN conferences for area students since 1941, offering students the opportunity to learn about and engage in international affairs in a personal, exciting way.

CCWA hosts three high school conferences and two middle school conferences each year. CCWA staff carefully selects committees to focus on for every school year at our conferences. Whether you are new to Model UN or a veteran of the program, CCWA staff-led workshops are a great way to refresh your memory of parliamentary procedures and research skills. CCWA also offers a wide range of resources for teacher advisors and student delegates alike. Our staff is always available to answer questions, provide resources, and conduct trainings.

CCWA’s Model UN program has had a major impact on both my students and me throughout the years. The conferences are incredibly well-run, and give our students the opportunity to interact with other local students in a unique way that builds their speaking and diplomacy skills. We look forward to CCWA Model UN conferences each year.

Kirsten Rosebrock-Hayes

Model UN teacher at Laurel School

Schedule & Registration



Spring Model United Nations Conference at Case Western Reserve University
March 8-9, 2023

  • Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Conference!
  • Congratulations to the winner of our Best Large School Delegation award, Beachwood High School, and our Best Small School Delegation award, Solon High School. For a full list of all committee award winners, please click here.

Middle School Spring Model United Nations Conference
April 5-6, 2023 at the Residence Inn in downtown Cleveland

  • Registration is now open! Register here.
  • Position papers are NOT required for this conference.
  • Payment is due April 30.
  • Rosters are due March 31.
  • Matrix available here.
  • Committees and topics are listed here.

Committees & Topics


The following committees will be offered at our 2022-2023 Autumn, Lorain, and Jr. Middle School, and Spring conferences. The Spring Middle School conference will only have HRC and NATO.


I love the Model UN program because I get to meet people who want to see change in the world and who value education, communication and action. I get to learn about prevalent issues and countries’ stances on them. Model UN makes me a better student, communicator and citizen.


Model UN Student

Position Papers


Position papers for each conference are due by 5:00 pm 10 business days before the beginning of the conference.* Students that do not submit complete position papers by this deadline are still welcome to attend the conference, but will be ineligible for conference awards. Each delegation (regardless of the number of delegates) should submit one (1) position paper addressing every issue to be considered in the committee.

*This can vary based on weekends and holidays.

Position Paper


Position paper guidance is available for download here:

Position Paper


To submit your position paper, click here:

Model UN has enhanced my students’ public speaking abilities, increased their self-confidence and sharpened their writing skills. I believe Model UN has helped to open their eyes to new academic and professional opportunities. I am tremendously grateful for the opportunities that CCWA has provided to my students.

Margaret Reed


Resources & Preparation



We offer FREE in-school or virtual workshops for all participating schools. These can cover a variety of topics and are created individually to meet the needs of the team. 

Whether you are new to Model UN or a veteran of the program, CCWA staff-led workshops are a great way to refresh your memory of parliamentary procedures and research skills. These workshops are free of charge and underwritten by generous foundation support. To set up a workshop, or for any questions, please contact Veronica Ruhe at

CCWA staff will lead interactive sessions and distribute materials for teachers and students on topics such as:

Topics for


Starting and/or managing a Model UN team

Overview of parliamentary procedure and teaching techniques

Tips for preparing students to succeed

Topics for


Research techniques

Overview and application of parliamentary procedure

Resolution writing how-to

Tips for debate and making alliances


In preparation for a research session or conference, explore the guides and resources in the sections below:


Policies & Code of Conduct



Payment must be made 10 business days prior to the conference.

Reductions in the number of students attending the conference, or the withdrawal of a school from the conference must be made by 10 business days prior to the conference to be given a refund or adjusted payment amount. Full payment will be required for students or schools who withdraw after this time.

Advisers must submit a completed Student Roster Form 10 business days prior to the conference.

Every individual, including students and adults, who will be attending the conference must complete a Liability Release Form 10 business days prior to the conference. Individuals without a liability waiver on file will not be permitted to participate.



Contribute to Global Connections


For a century, the CCWA has brought diverse perspectives on issues of international import to Cleveland. Much of our programming is made possible by the the support of our members and the generosity of our donors. Will you help us continue to create global connections?