Gannon University Hosts 62nd Annual Model U.N. Conference
Posted: November 10, 2014
The 62nd Annual Gannon Model United Nations (U.N.) conference is
being held on November 7 and 8. The conference is expecting
attendance of approximately 450 high school students from 22
schools in the tri-state region. This year's conference addresses
important issues for the U.N. General Assembly such as:
Protecting state sovereignty in the 21st century without the use
of armed conflict;
Encouraging economic growth in emerging and developing markets
through sustainable foreign investment;
Improving human rights standards and protecting the rights of
Preventing international human trafficking and eliminating the
global sex trade; and
Eradicating extreme hunger and poverty by promoting sustainable
farming techniques and practices.
In addition, there will be a simulation of the U.N. Economic and
Social Council (ECOSOC) with the topic of Promoting and Improving
Universal Access to Education and Professional Training in
Developing Nations. As always, the U.N. Security Council simulation
will address current security issues, while the Historical Security
Council will go back to the year 1994 to address the genocide in
Rwanda as it unfolded in that year.
The Gannon University Model U.N. is the longest-running
organization of its type in the U.S., and the second-oldest Model
U.N. in the world. Every year, the conference brings together high
school students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York in a
simulation of the year's actual U.N. proceedings. Moderated by
Gannon University faculty, staff and students, the event promotes
the understanding of the complex challenges faced when learning
about diverse cultures and political systems across the globe.
"Gannon students and staff have been preparing for this
conference all year and are extremely proud to facilitate dialogue
and discussion on important topics in world affairs," said Model
U.N. Secretary General Jennifer E. Amann.
The Gannon University Model U.N. held its annual flag-raising
ceremony at the Erie mayor's office on November 6. Mayor Joseph E.
Sinnott also issued a proclamation declaring United Nations Week
and offered remarks on the Gannon Model U.N.