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Model United Nations Preparing for Trip to New York

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Mrs. Beth Peter, History Faculty, will be taking her AP Human Geography class to participate in the National High School Model United Nations in March 2018. The conference will run from March 7th to March 11th at the New York Hilton Hotel and the United Nations Headquarters. Mrs. Peter’s students participated in the Georgia State University Model UN in October 2017 and were selected to participate on the National level in New York. The delegates--Justin Josephson, Melanie Palacios, Jackie McCormick, Ben Shlanta, Patrick Reaves, and seniors Nabila Dantata and Raghav Malik--will be representing Zimbabwe at the conference. Each delegate team will serve on the African Union Committee, The World Health Organization, and the World Trade Organization. The delegates worked very hard researching and writing position papers on topics such as; Integrating small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in international trade, Expanding the capacity for sustainable tourism, Mitigating the resurgence of maritime piracy off African coasts, Ageism and access to health services, and fertility rates in developing countries. 

The Brandon Hall Model United Nations is in its second year of participation in various conferences and seeks to promote:

  • To enable students to contribute to the richness of cultural diversity
  • To encourage leaders who will make positive contributions to an increasingly interdependent and multicultural world
  • To foster reasoned discussion of contemporary issues
  • To instill an eagerness to embrace the challenges of a more global future

Participation in Model United Nations enriches a student’s international outlook, in giving them intense awareness of other countries and international issues, as well as experience in seeking feasible solutions through reasoned discussion. This work in crafting and promoting particular solutions is especially important in training future leaders in a globalized world. Students experience in engaging with these issues, with other students from all around the world, is an important step in helping to create and develop an international community, and to embrace the challenges of a more global future.

The Brandon Hall MUN also seeks to enhance the program in international studies at Brandon Hall School by giving students an interdisciplinary opportunity to work in multiple fields at once, as well as an experiential, deliberative dimension beyond what can be simulated in the classroom.