Gannon University Hosts 63rd Annual Model U.N. Conference

Posted: November 13, 2015

The Gannon University Model UN is the longest-running organization of its type in the country, and the second-oldest Model UN in the world. Every year, its conference brings together about 500 high school students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York in a simulation of the year's actual UN proceedings. Moderated by Gannon University faculty, staff, and students, the event is a great 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 63rd Annual Gannon Model UN conference will be held on November 13th and 14th on Gannon Campus and will be attended by approximately 500 high school students from 26 schools in the tri-state
region. 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.

This year's conference addresses important issues for the UN General Assembly such as: (a) combatting cyber warfare and implementing procedures of sensitive information, (b) encouraging an open and competitive market for the extraction and sale of natural resources in developing nations, (c) protecting religious freedom and promoting education to improve tolerance to all religious beliefs, (d) creating a uniform political procedure for distribution and management of humanitarian efforts, and (e) emphasizing the need for healthcare reform to prevent the transmittance of infectious diseases. In addition to these committees there will be a simulation of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the topic "A Path to the Future: Prioritizing and Establishing New Sustainable Development Goals Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals."

As always the UN Security Council simulation will address current security issues and the Historical Security Council will go back to the year 1961.

The Gannon University Model United Nations will held its annual flag-raising ceremony at the Erie Mayor's office on Thursday, November 12th. The UN flag raising was done jointly by the Secretary General David G. Cimino of Gannon University and the Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott. Mayor Sinnott issued a proclamation declaring United Nations Week and offered some remarks on the Gannon Model UN.

This event is free and open to the public, and we welcome anyone with an interest who would like to attend.