Students role played as United Nations delegates

11th Annual Model United Nations Conference focused on water issues

They researched the topic, prepared position papers and role played as United Nations delegates. They presented their findings and debated their assigned country positions on global water issues. The atmosphere was electric as students from seven district secondary schools, along with representatives from the neighbouring Catholic school board, participated in the 11th Annual Model United Nations Conference on October 30 and 31, 2008 at Belleville’s Moira Secondary School.

Model United Nations events take place around the world. The aim is to educate partipants about world issues, effective communication and consensus-building, and to learn about the United Nations process. Students role play as foreign diplomats.

The central theme of this year’s event was water issues and the effects on the 29 ‘participating’ countries. During the conference, student delegates voted on resolutions that took the following into consideration:

  • Flooding linked to global warming and dramatic weather
  • Water supply shortages and conservation
  • Agriculture and food supplies
  • Desertification
  • Sewage dumping and pollution of water sources
  • Water sale, export and privatization
  • Desalinization projects
  • Unsustainable water uses
  • Water as a basic human right versus as a commodity
  • Wetland protection
  • Accessibility to safe drinking water; bottle water

This conference was supported by the school board and United Nations Association in Canada Quinte Branch.

Participating Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board schools

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For more information, please contact:

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Last updated: November 3, 2008 at 10:08 am
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