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Gannon University Hosts 70th Annual Model United Nations Conference

Published: 11/04/2022

Gannon's Model UN is the longest-running organization of its type in the country and the second-oldest Model UN in the world.

Gannon's Model UN is the longest-running organization of its type in the country and the second-oldest Model UN in the world.

Gannon will host its 70th Annual Model United Nations Conference on November 4 and 5, 2022, where more than 250 students from 12 schools will engage in committees addressing topics of global importance. 

The longest-running organization of its type in the country and the second-oldest Model UN in the world, Gannon’s Model UN Program offers high school students a unique opportunity to actively participate in debates regarding global issues that are encountered in our world today.

According to Secretary General James Neumann, “this year we are excited to present a diverse range of committee topics. GUMUNC will feature four General Assemblies, one Security Council, and a Crisis Committee. Our four General Assemblies will feature a diverse range of topics: a DISEC committee on the colonization of space, a SOCHUM committee on child labor, a UNEP committee on wildfires, and an ECOSOC on South American economies.”

While the Security Council has an open agenda, students will be guided towards tackling a highly sensitive topic focusing on answering the questions “What is a genocide?” and “What can the UN do about global issues?”

“Meanwhile, the Crisis committee will wrestle with the concept of utopian societies,” Neumann says. “This year we will again host the GUMUNC Press Corps. Delegates to the Press Corp will sit in on committees and will use their time there to draft articles and press releases on the daily happenings. These releases will be reviewed and posted by GUMUNC regularly throughout the conference.”

The weekend’s events kick off with participants joining Friday evening’s Global Summit event on campus in the Highmark Events Center, featuring Fiona Hill on Policy, Politics and International Affairs: From U.S. - Russian Relations to her Critically Acclaimed Book, “There is Nothing For You Here."  

“The experiences gained from being a member of this open-minded student assembly and hearing first-hand from a global expert like Dr. Hill will grow knowledge and deepen an understanding of the importance in being an informed global citizen,” said Gannon President Dr. Keith Taylor on the Model UN’s participation in the 2022 Global Summit.

Learn more about the Gannon University Model U.N.

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. Each year, the conference brings hundreds of high school students from schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York to participate in simulations of United Nations committees to deliberate on challenges faced by the international community. The event is moderated by Gannon University faculty, staff and students as an opportunity to learn about diverse cultures and political systems across the globe.

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