1,600 Students to Take On Global Issues At International Middle School Model UN

March 26, 2015

NEW YORK (March 26, 2015) – Today, 1,600 middle school students from around the world will join together at UN Headquarters for the United Nations Association of the USA’s (UNA-USA) Global Classrooms® International Middle School Model UN Conference. This three-day conference is the only international Model UN conference designed specifically for students in grades 5-8, and it is the largest middle school Model UN in the world.

“Today these students continue their lifelong journey as committed global citizens,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley. “Model UN provides a unique opportunity for young people to increase their global literacy, learn critical thinking, and hone their leadership skills.”

The New York City Commissioner for International Affairs, Penny Abeywardena, will give a keynote address to students from 13 U.S. states and 11 countries.

“Model UN is among the most important programs for building new generations of global leaders,” said Commissioner Abeywardena. “New York City is truly the planet’s most global city, embodying the diversity of the UN and the spirt of its Charter. We are a proud host and partner of both the UN and Model UN.”

Participants are role-playing as ambassadors from UN member states, interest groups, and nongovernmental organizations in a simulation of the United Nations. Topics being discussed include climate change, peace and security, and girls’ education and gender equality.

For more than 60 years, Model UN has been the premier vehicle for building young people’s leadership skills and understanding of international affairs, world cultures, and the workings of the United Nations. In 1999, UNA-USA created Global Classrooms to bridge the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved public schools worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.unausa.org/msmun.

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