Gannon University Hosts 63rd Annual Model U.N. Conference
Posted: November 13, 2015
The Gannon University Model UN is the longest-running
organization of its type in the country, and the second-oldest
Model UN in the world. Every year, its conference brings together
about 500 high school students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New
York in a simulation of the year's actual UN proceedings. Moderated
by Gannon University faculty, staff, and students, the event is a
great opportunity for understanding the complex challenges faced by
the international community and learning about diverse cultures and
political systems across the globe.
This year, the 63rd Annual Gannon Model UN conference will be
held on November 13th and 14th on Gannon Campus and will be
attended by approximately 500 high school students from 26 schools
in the tri-state
region. 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.
This year's conference addresses important issues for the UN
General Assembly such as: (a) combatting cyber warfare and
implementing procedures of sensitive information, (b) encouraging
an open and competitive market for the extraction and sale of
natural resources in developing nations, (c) protecting religious
freedom and promoting education to improve tolerance to all
religious beliefs, (d) creating a uniform political procedure for
distribution and management of humanitarian efforts, and (e)
emphasizing the need for healthcare reform to prevent the
transmittance of infectious diseases. In addition to these
committees there will be a simulation of the Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) with the topic "A Path to the Future: Prioritizing
and Establishing New Sustainable Development Goals Post 2015
Millennium Development Goals."
As always the UN Security Council simulation will address
current security issues and the Historical Security Council will go
back to the year 1961.
The Gannon University Model United Nations will held its annual
flag-raising ceremony at the Erie Mayor's office on Thursday,
November 12th. The UN flag raising was done jointly by the
Secretary General David G. Cimino of Gannon University and the
Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott. Mayor Sinnott issued a proclamation
declaring United Nations Week and offered some remarks on the
Gannon Model UN.
This event is free and open to the public, and we welcome anyone
with an interest who would like to attend.