Gannon University Holds 65th Model United Nations Session

Posted: November 2, 2017


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.