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United Nations Experts Engage with Sophomores
Posted 02/16/2018 07:00AM

The History Department kicked off its annual tenth grade Model United Nations project with a panel discussion featuring three visiting experts in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre on February 9. 

Marcia Brewster, who worked in the area of sustainable development/water resources at the United Nations for 30 years, spoke about issues related to water and sustainability. Ms. Brewster is now president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). 

Dr. George Garland, project leader for the Energy Project of the UNA-USA, discussed sustainable energy usage. Dr. Garland’s background includes a 34-year career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Karen Rockwell, who worked for 35 years in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, discussed the complexities of providing technical support and expertise to help solve challenging problems, such as poverty and access to healthcare. Ms. Rockwell serves on the Board of Directors of UNA-USA. 

After each speaker made introductory remarks, the floor was opened up to a wide range of questions from sophomores. Following the panel discussion, the students broke out into assigned committee groups to study and discuss particular areas of focus for the Model U.N. project. 

The six committees this year are: Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women (from the UN’s 2020 Sustainable Development Goals); States, Competition and Resources; Religious Conflict and Religious Freedom; Regional Security: Asia; and Transnational Crime. The project will culminate in a Model U.N. simulation on March 2, in which students will negotiate, deliberate and vote on various resolutions that come out of their committee work.

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