Ten students from Shaker High School’s Model U.N. Club spent three days in New York City late last week to participate in the Global Citizens Model United Nations Conference (GCMUN). The event took place from February 28 to March 2.
While at the conference, students participated in sessions in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, and worked with students from around the world on different issues. Students were tasked with approximating the work of actual members of the U.N. by writing positions papers from their assigned country’s point of view, drafting resolutions, debating international issues, conducting research, and engaging in collaboration with their fellow student delegates.
Some of the topics students addressed included:
- The Role of Science and Technology in the Context of International Security and Disarmament
- Sustainable Tourism for Environmental Protection and the Eradication of Poverty
- Prisoners’ Rights and Penitentiary Treatment
- The Peaceful Use of Outer Space
- Criminal Accountability of United Nations Officials and Experts on Missions
- Copyright Guidelines for the Digital Environment
On the final day of the conference, students heard from, Mariangela Zappia, Italy’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Olof Skoog, Sweden’s Ambassador to the United Nations, and the New York editor of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper.
Shaker’s students represented themselves splendidly on the trip, had a great time, and gained tremendous experiences and many valuable skills and insights into the inner workings of the United Nations.