The 64th annual Gannon University Model UN brings around 500 high school students from 21 different schools in the tri-state area to Erie.
Aljali Sahay says, “It gives them a chance to get out of their comfort zone and do something that they would not otherwise be doing. And it also helps them to explore global awareness. It teaches them diplomacy and communication skills to be part of this thing.”
The students simulate actual UN proceedings and discuss different important world topics including crime prevention, economic fraud and the impact of climate change on small developing countries.
Those who participated in model un say this as close to real-world politics as they’ve been able to get.
Trent Abbate says, “This year we’re presenting new Zealand. And the overall goal is you’re given a topic at the beginning and we do research on how our country feels and the solutions that we want to bring to the table. And we’ve been writing papers and a lot of research. And this weekend our overall hope is to take the paper that we have and the plan that we’ve made and get it voted to approve while it’s here.”
Alec Henry says, “It’s a great way to work with my classmates and people from other schools and it’s fun, and like i said things that can transfer into no matter what job you go in to.”
This Model UN falling the same week as a controversial election with president-elect Donald Trump.
“I think the election is really important because America has a global role to play in what America does in its foreign policy that’s felt around the world.”
Gannon students and faculty work all year round to help facilitate and make the Model UN happen.
Model UN continues and wraps up Sunday for the students.