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Students to explore human trafficking at the Model UN Conference

November 13, 2018—The annual Model United Nations conference for secondary school students is taking place in Belleville this week.

TOPIC: Human Trafficking
DATE: November 14 and 15, 2018 (Wednesday and Thursday)
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (see below for the agenda)
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The event will open with a keynote address by Kaitlyn Ouimette, Victim Services, who will speak about human trafficking through a local lens, on Wednesday, November 14 from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Fifty-five students from HPEDSB secondary schools will then engage in discussions and committee work as they prepare to present, debate and develop position papers on the topic.

What is a Model UN?

The Model UN is an event where secondary school students engage with one another about world issues. The topic this year is Human Trafficking with a focus on Women and Children in Labour.

Students will represent 21 different nations and two international groups*. They’ll explore, discuss and attempt to arrive at resolutions to address the following two questions:

  1. What measures are required for the United Nations to monitor those aspects of poverty and globalization that are responsible for the endemic exploitation of labour frequently described with the terms of forced labour and modern slavery?
  2. How can the United Nations address the global economic pressures that allow for the constant exploitation and coercion of women, children, and men around the world, contrary to Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN’s Sustainable Goal 8?

Students will examine key issues from a variety of perspectives, including those that take into account economic, humanitarian, and cultural considerations.

*Nations and groups represented include: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, France, Germany, India, International Labour Organization, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam, World Trade Organization.

Agenda, Day 1

8:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

9:00 a.m. Land Acknowledgement, Opening & Welcome

9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker & Questions

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Part I: Presentation of Frameworks and Responding to Questions

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:15  p.m. Part II: Presentation of Frameworks and Responding to Questions

1:00 p.m. Follow-up Comments & Questions

1:15 p.m.  Committee Work

Agenda, Day 2

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Networking

9:00 a.m. Committee Work

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Meet in General Assembly, Preamble and Voting Procedure

10:45 a.m. Complete Committee Work

12:00 p.m. Working lunch

12:45 p.m. First Reading and Questions/Objections

1:00 p.m. Fine-tuning

1:45 p.m. Final Reading and Vote

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Last updated: November 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm
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