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									                            ST. JEAN de BREBEUF CHS

                     CGC1D GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA CPT


"The United Nations was created more than 60 years ago to save succeeding generations from
war, protect human rights, establish conditions for justice, and promote social progress and
better standards of life. These fundamental objectives remain as critical as ever.

At the same time, over these six decades, new challenges have emerged—from international
terrorism to climate change, to the spread of infectious diseases to other threats that transcend
national borders.

These global problems can never be resolved by any one country acting alone. As the world’s
only truly universal institution, the United Nations offers the best—if not the only—forum to
galvanize global action to meet the challenges ahead.

The UN must continue its valuable work in the future, for the sake of generations to come."

                                                                                  Ban Ki-moon
                                                        Secretary-General of the United Nations

                                     CPT OVERVIEW
Task: You are a Canadian Diplomat that has been asked to meet with the General
Assembly of the United Nations on behalf of all Canadians. You have been asked to
present an issue that is facing our Planet for which you will investigate, and find some
possible solutions to the problem. This is not only a global issue but a Canadian
concern as well. You must inform the General Assembly of the United Nations through a
written resolution and presentation how both Canada and the World are affected by this
particular issue. Only one issue per student will be allowed.

                    ***This project is worth 10% of your final grade.
              If the project is not completed, a Level 0 will be assigned
Specific Part by Part Requirements
The Resolution Portfolio:
The United Nation bodies use resolutions which make recommendations or suggestions
for future actions about an issue. It is your role as a chosen delegate to provide a
resolution to the UN Assembly on your chosen issue.
The main goal of the written is to present to the UN what it should do or what attitude it
should adopt about a particular issue/problem facing our planet today. It will include
written suggestions addressing a specific problem or issue. It is like a position paper
that not only provides facts but also makes proposals for resolutions.
This information should be presented in the form of a written portfolio which will include
the following components:

1. A cover page (1 page): it must be professional looking, interesting and thought
provoking at the same time. Remember it is the first thing that will get the UN
Assembly’s attention, thus it can be simple but it should be profoundly persuasive in its
ability to form a strong and lasting impression. It should want to make you look inside.
It should include the following information:
       a. A catchy title: this means a catchy slogan that is thought provoking. It
       should not simply be the topic
       b. Submitted by: Your name as the author of the resolution
       c. Submitted to: The UN General Assembly
       d. The date: the due date of the CPT
       e. Graphics: any type of graphic (pictures, charts, art work, etc) that is eye
       catchy and really makes a point. It has to be able to move people to want to
       know what is inside
       The cover should be printed in colour if possible. The school library can help
       out with this.
    You may want to check out Microsoft Publisher for cover page ideas and lay-out

2. The Introduction/Cover letter to the UN (1 Page): An introduction letter
written to the UN Assembly on the aim or goal of this portfolio. What do you want from
the UN and what do you hope to accomplish. It is the first item seen by the UN and it is
your opportunity to set the tone and outline the need of action. It must contain various
arguments that support your resolution in order to help solve the issue. It is to be
written as if you are addressing the UN Assembly itself.
       ~it should be brief and to the point
       ~should give an insight into the topic and the concerns and why inaction is the
       wrong course of action
      ~do not give away too much, but more of an intro
      ~it is addressed to the UN and signed by you at the bottom

3. The Issue: Causes and Consequences (2-3 pages each): In this section
of your project you will discuss both the causes of the issue and the consequences
(the effects). A cause is what made an event happen and an effect is what happens as
a result of that event. You will need to present both aspects of the issue and be able to
show the connection. You will provide official figures, statistics, in graph and chart
format wherever possible to illustrate the issue and make it stronger. Graphics are also

      ~causes can be natural, man made or both
      ~consequences are the effects on the earth, on humans, on animals, on the
      economy, etc, now and in the future. You will emphasize the difficulties that have
      been encountered because of this issue

      ~all charts, graphs, etc need to be labelled as FIGURE 1, FIGURE 2 and so on.
      They must also have a citation below it to indicate the reference where you got
      your information from

      ~all information should have subheadings to keep the portfolio organized
All information should be in paragraph form with proper sentence structure. It should
have appropriate headings to keep the members of the Assembly organized and able to
follow. It should not simply be a “copy and paste” project as you will not receive any
marks for that kind of work. At the bottom of each page of each section (causes and
effects and subsections), you will be required to list the references used. All of the
references together will be listed in a Work Cited page at the end of your resolution

4. The Resolutions Offered (2-3 pages long): A resolution is a formal expression
of opinion. Resolution means to solve a problem. It is the solution to a
conflict/problem/issue. This is the part of the portfolio where you explain to the UN
Assembly what should be done and where you think it should put its focus and money

      ~present current solutions being used or future ones sought as well as provide
      your own ideas and opinions

      ~you may include data and graphics as well

      ~should include a section on Canada’s current contribution and how solutions
      would benefit not only the world but Canada as well

      ~this part of the portfolio should also include a section of the consequences of
      inaction of the UN and humanity in general
5. The Closing Comments (1 page): In this section you will once again be
personally addressing the Assembly and it will be your final chance to make your plea
and leave the Assembly with much to think of

       ~here you should summarize the information and add your opinion and stress
       that we should do something

Students will be given the opportunity to work in class where they will be able to ask
questions of their teacher and receive assistance from their peers in terms of

       ~students will be required to keep their on going research in a separate folder

       ~the folder containing research information printed at home or in the library
       should be brought to school during the in class work periods

       ~it is imperative that students be present during these in class work periods as
       they will have the opportunity to learn MLA citation which is to be used for this

Date 1:    __________________________________

Date 2:    __________________________________

                      RESOLUTION TOPICS AND ISSUES

   Landfills and waste management
   Ozone layer depletion
   Fresh water pollution
   Should Canada sell its water as a commodity
   Renewable and alternative energy: wind, water, solar, geothermal, hydrogen energy
   Rainforest destruction
   Sustainable forestry vs clear cutting in Canada
   Depleted fish stocks
   Air pollution
   R2000 house
   Mining and its environmental impact
   Pesticides and herbicides
   Acid rain
   Oil spills
   Endangered species and loss of habitat
   Coral reef destruction
   Hunger in the developing world
   Resource exploitation in Canada’s north
   Global climate warming
   Canada in Afghanistan – why are we there and can we leave
   Safe drinking water for all
   Plastic bottles
   Genetically modified foods
   Desertification
   Nuclear weapons
   Ice cap melting
   Child labour
   Knock-off products: “Made in China”
   Transgender human rights
   Counterterrorism
   Working conditions in Less Developed Countries
   Cruise ships: environmental impacts
   Need for environmentally friendly cars
   Depletion of fossil fuels
   A current epidemic
   Forgiveness of International Debt
   Athabasca Tar Sands
   Keystone Pipeline Project
   Treatment of aboriginal peoples
   Canadian Armed forces
   Reduction of our ecological footprint
   Land mines
   World overpopulation
   Green energy
   Commercial whaling
   Incidental catch of untargeted species in fishing lines
   Blood diamond trade
   Illegal poaching of endangered animals

Any other topic with teacher approval

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