Four Hartford Public Schools to Participate in the World Affairs Council’s Model United Nations
Four Hartford Public Schools to Participate in the World Affairs Council's Model United Nations
As we enter the new age of globalization, dealing with issues of economic development and national security has become increasingly contingent on our ability to understand and interact with the world beyond our borders. For that reason, it is more important than ever that we provide younger generations with a comprehensive knowledge of various international political affairs. The Model United Nations for CT high school students is an effective forum for our state’s teens to learn about the world of diplomacy as well as sharpen their abilities to effectively debate and resolve wide-ranging international matters.
The World Affairs Council of CT is proud to announce the 2013 Model United Nations. This year marks the 64th year that the Council has produced the Model UN, making it the third oldest model in the country. A unique feature of the Council’s Model UN is the annual visit to the United Nations in New York City. Each November, the Council arranges a full day at the UN, where students have the opportunity to meet face to face with the diplomats of the nations they will represent in the model and to attend briefings by UN personnel on important topics of international interest.
Each year over 400,000 middle school, high school and university students participate in a variety of Model United Nations programs worldwide. Each program is run independently, but common to all programs are the driving goals to increase international understanding and develop the art of peaceful negotiation among potential national and international leaders. Program participants are assigned a country that they will represent in a simulated General Assembly session. Several international political issues are identified by the group sponsoring the Model UN session that will serve as the focus of discussions. Participants meet, caucus, prepare policy papers, debate issues, draft and vote on resolutions.
At WAC Connecticut's Model United Nations program, students experience the inner-workings of international policy-making as they:
- Tackle global issues and controversies
- Draft resolutions
- Navigate crisis scenarios
- Debate solutions and ultimately
- Vote representing their nations
In addition to the Model UN program, the World Affairs Council gives student participants the opportunity to travel to New York to tour the UN, meet real diplomats from the countries they are representing, and discuss timely global issues with the policy makers that are currently working to solve them. WACCT also contributes to the development of Model UN curriculum for teachers and offers MUN participants exclusive access to international events and speakers.