Gannon University Hosts 62nd Annual Model U.N. Conference

Posted: November 10, 2014

The 62nd Annual Gannon Model United Nations (U.N.) conference is being held on November 7 and 8. The conference is expecting attendance of approximately 450 high school students from 22 schools in the tri-state region. This year's conference addresses important issues for the U.N. General Assembly such as:

  • Protecting state sovereignty in the 21st century without the use of armed conflict;

  • Encouraging economic growth in emerging and developing markets through sustainable foreign investment;

  • Improving human rights standards and protecting the rights of minority groups;

  • Preventing international human trafficking and eliminating the global sex trade; and

  • Eradicating extreme hunger and poverty by promoting sustainable farming techniques and practices.

In addition, there will be a simulation of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the topic of Promoting and Improving Universal Access to Education and Professional Training in Developing Nations. As always, the U.N. Security Council simulation will address current security issues, while the Historical Security Council will go back to the year 1994 to address the genocide in Rwanda as it unfolded in that year.

The Gannon University Model U.N. is the longest-running organization of its type in the U.S., and the second-oldest Model U.N. in the world. Every year, the conference brings together 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 promotes the understanding of the complex challenges faced when learning about diverse cultures and political systems across the globe.

"Gannon students and staff have been preparing for this conference all year and are extremely proud to facilitate dialogue and discussion on important topics in world affairs," said Model U.N. Secretary General Jennifer E. Amann.

The Gannon University Model U.N. held its annual flag-raising ceremony at the Erie mayor's office on November 6. Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott also issued a proclamation declaring United Nations Week and offered remarks on the Gannon Model U.N.