Gannon University Holds 64th Model United Nations Session
Posted: November 11, 2016
The Gannon University Model U.N. is the longest-running
organization of its type in the country, and the second- oldest
Model U.N. in the world. Every year, the conference brings together
about 450-500 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 is an 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 64th Annual Gannon Model U.N. conference will be
held on Nov. 11-12 on Gannon University's campus and will be
attended by approximately 450 high school students from 21 schools
in the tri-state region. Gannon students and staff have been
preparing for this conference all year and will facilitate dialogue
and discussion on important topics in world affairs.
This year's conference addresses important issues for the U.N.
General Assembly, such as combatting the threat of new challenges
in armed conflicts, including the control of lethal autonomous
weapons and regulation of private security companies; encouraging
international cooperation in the prevention, investigation and
prosecution of economic fraud and identity-related crime; working
toward universal principles for assistance and protection of
international undocumented migrants; strengthening the ability of
all countries to deal with the impacts of climate change and
addressing the dangers of public health outbreaks on women and
In addition to these committees there will be a simulation of
the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the topic of working
toward crime prevention and the challenges of rehabilitating
inmates. As always the U.N. Security Council simulation will
address current security issues, and the Historical Security
Council will go back to the year 1979 to address the Iranian
Revolution and the invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet Union among
other events as they unfolded in that year.
The Gannon University Model United Nations held its annual
flag-raising ceremony at the Erie City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 10.
The U.N. flag raising was done jointly by the Secretary General
Katherine E. Greissinger, a biology major at Gannon University, and
Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott. Sinnott also issued a proclamation
declaring United Nations Week and offered some remarks on the
Gannon Model U.N.