The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will host the second High School Model United Nations event on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. This year’s event has grown to a two-day conference to include multinational organizations outside the United Nations and the development of multi-lateral crisis simulation.
According to Dr. Reinhard Heinisch, Pitt-Johnstown professor of political science and director, international studies, “the Pitt-Johnstown Model United Nations has been initiated as an annual event after a successful first conference in 2007. Over the last year, the Pitt-Johnstown Model UN staff has strived to instate itself as one of the premier High School Model UN Conferences in the region.”
Organized by the Pitt-Johnstown Student Council on World Affairs and International Studies program, more than 80 students and teachers from Richland, Bishop McCort, Greater Johnstown, and Northern Cambria high schools, as well as delegations from Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, will compete from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 in the Pitt-Johnstown Living/Learning Center.
The event simulates decision-making at the United Nations. Acting as two of the many United Nations bodies, the students will be charged with resolving an international dispute or problem. Each student must demonstrate his or her professionalism as a diplomat of that nation and the requisite knowledge about the issue at hand. The first resolutions adopted by majority voting will conclude the session. The best teams will receive awards.
For additional information on the event, contact Dr. Reinhard Heinisch, Pitt-Johnstown, at 814-269-2977.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.