More than 800 high school students will gather in New York City to simulate the United Nations system at Pace University and the United Nations Headquarters at the 2002 New York Metropolitan Area Model United Nations Conference (The Metro) on May 17 and 18. The international event will include high school students and teachers, university professors and students, and professionals from the five boroughs of New York, Nassau, Rockland and Westchester Counties, New Jersey, and California, the Dominican Republic, Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Haiti, Uzbekistan, Russia, Malaysia and Egypt.
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Pace University to Host the 2002 New York Metropolitan Area Model United Nations Conference (The Metro) for High School Students, May 17-18
NEW YORK – More than 800 high school students will gather in New York City to simulate the United Nations system at Pace University and the United Nations Headquarters at the 2002 New York Metropolitan Area Model United Nations Conference (The Metro) on May 17 and 18. The international event will include high school students and teachers, university professors and students, and professionals from the five boroughs of New York, Nassau, Rockland and Westchester Counties, New Jersey, and California, the Dominican Republic, Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Haiti, Uzbekistan, Russia, Malaysia and Egypt.
Committees and topics that will be simulated include: Arab-Israeli Peace Summit, a discussion format of international leaders, NGO’s and intergovernmental organizations to resolve the ongoing tensions in the Middle East; World Summit on Sustainable Development: Freshwater and Combating Poverty; Commission on Human Rights: Gender Based Violence and Children’s Rights; Security Council: The Situation in the Middle East — Water Rights and Emergency Session; and, in Spanish Organización de Estados Americanos: El Acuerdo de Libre Comercio de Las Americas and Un Mecanismo Multilateral a Nivel Hemisferico de Lucha Contra El Terrorismo.
Opening ceremonies and committee sessions will be held Friday, May 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Pace University’s New York City campus, 1 Pace Plaza. The simulated committees will continue on Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the United Nations Headquarters.
“High school students in their Model UN role-play will be asked to face the challenge of bridging distances between societies that thus far have not agreed to cooperate in the real world,” said Pace Model UN Vice President and Co Secretary General Idriss Lazrak. “This simulation demands that student committees use a level of creativity that is not bound by any political promises. Hopefully this will inspire them to make peace for the future.”
The Metro Conference is orchestrated and staffed by Pace University’s award-winning Model UN (MUN) students who provide training to all participating high school students and advisors. The high school delegates will be supplied with preparation guides, and briefings on their topics as well as the respective countries they will represent. Pace MUN team members will be available to assist participating high school delegates understand their country’s position on a particular issue and answer any related questions through an on-site Home Government information and resource center.
“The experienced and diverse Pace conference staff will provide these high school students with a true learning experience that integrates numerous diplomatic skills while at the same time emphasizing an understanding of crucial global issues and concerns,” said Dr. Greg Julian, professor of political science and advisor to the MUN Team at Pace University.
This year, a student from the conference may also have the chance to join the International Conference on Negotiation and Assimilation (ICONS) legal team at the “actual” World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2002.
The Metro conference is an educational event sponsored by Pace University’s Model UN program, in collaboration with the United Nations Association-United States of America (Westchester Chapter) and United Nations Association-Dominican Republic. The program is designed to teach students, from 7-12 grades, about the operations of the United Nations and other intergovernmental agencies. It also fosters skills in negotiation, mediation, public speaking, research, and high-level debate on international issues as well as the application of conflict resolution in their daily lives.
Model UN college program teaches college students the art of negotiation and debate through scenarios taken from current events in a setting based on the organization and procedures of the United Nations. The Pace MUN team was one of the top ranking schools for the fourth year at the March conference sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association Inc. Pace’s MUN also reached out internationally in April, assisting the UNA-Dominican Republic to establish their first high school and college Model UN conference. Over eight hundred participants attended the three-day conference. Former President Leonel Fernandez is Chairman and President of the UNA-DR.
For more information on the 2002 New York Metropolitan Area Model United Nations Conference visit their Web Site at: http://webpage.pace.edu/modelun/metro.html
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School if Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.