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While the rest of the AMBS community was enjoying spring break, the Model UN Team competed against 1700 other national and international students in New York City at the UNA-USA Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference from March 31st to April 2nd. The conference simulates the United Nations and its agencies and engages the participants in an exploration of current world issues. While at the conference, AMBS represented the South American country of Venezuela and simulated their positions on various issues which included improving access to water and sanitation for socio-economic development, combating Isis, the militarization of space, advancing maternal care in the developing world, combating child labor, the rights of migrant workers, labor inspection in developing countries, rights of indigenous people, the fight against malnutrition, safeguarding intangible cultural heritages, and combating child labor.
Attendance at the conference was the culmination of months of research and practice by the team. Over the last few months, AMBS Model UN team members practiced speech writing and parliamentary procedure, learned how to research a country and its positions, and developed strong public speaking skills. AMBS team members paired up and were assigned to a UN committee that covered one of the topics mentioned above. While in committee they engaged in debate with delegates from around the U.S. and from as far away as South Korea and India who represented other UN member countries. Committee membership ranged from 30-300 students where our UN team stood up and boldly gave speeches which outlined their positions on the assigned topic. The goal of each committee was for the delegates to build consensus and pass a resolution that attempted to address each issue. With hundreds of competing interests represented, building enough support to pass a resolution was not always easy, yet several members of our team prevailed and were able to steer their resolution to passage.
Closing ceremonies took place at the United Nations General Assembly Hall where awards for best delegate were presented. Although AMBS did not take home any awards, they had a good showing competing against stiff opposition. The AMBS Model UN Team will be honored with an awards ceremony immediately after the prayer circle on Friday April 8th.
2015-2016 Model UN Members: