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 65th Annual Gannon Model U.N. conference will be
held on Nov. 3-4 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 peace and security with a focus on the
reduction of post-war armaments and respecting the safety of
civilian populations; establishing or improving lasting social
security systems with an emphasis on undocumented minorities;
promoting the role of women during conflict advancement where
humanitarian issues are prevalent; strengthening national capacity
for migrants/refugees while attempting to maintain national
identity; and ensuring access to adequate water, sanitation and
hygiene to promote urban health.
In addition to these committees there will be a simulation of
the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the topic of
investigating and establishing safe banking procedures in an effort
to mitigate security concerns and economic loss. As always, the
U.N. Security Council simulation will address current security
issues, and the Historical Security Council will go back to the
year 1989 to address the Fall of the Soviet Union and 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.
2. The U.N. flag raising was done jointly by the Secretary General
Donoven Chase, a history and political science major at Gannon
University, and Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott. Sinnott who also issued a
proclamation declaring United Nations Week and offered some remarks
on the Gannon Model U.N.