The 20 members of this year’s Maine Coast Waldorf Model UN squad did a fabulous job in all of their committees and also managed to have a great time at last week’s Maine Model United Nations at USM in Gorham. We had delegates representing Venezuela, Mozambique, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Libya, Yemen, Barbados, Armenia and the NGO Amnesty International. While all of the delegates went to the event highly prepared and ready for action, two delegates in particular were singled out by the folks at the MeMUNC XXI for special commendation: junior Myah Garrison representing Hungary in the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) received an Honorable Mention and sophomore Aniela Holtrop, representing Kazakhstan in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), received that committee’s highest recognition, Best Delegate.
UN is a fascinating opportunity for students to learn the intricacies of diplomacy, the technical procedures used during committee sessions and the overall value of the diplomatic efforts of the world community to solve our pressing global problems. This year, delegates took up topics such as Debunking Fake News; Intellectual Property and the Right to Seeds; Human Rights of Journalists; The Right to Asylum; Education Against Extremism; Peace & Sustainable Development Through Sport; Ending Child Exploitation in Tourism; The World Opioid Crisis; Illicit Trafficking on the Dark Web and in a unique historical session, set in 1983, The Angolan Civil War as well as Apartheid in South Africa. Students spent a total of 13.25 hours in committee sessions over the two and a half days of the conference!
A special thanks to Johanna Flath and Victoria Stefanakos for chaperoning and helping Maine Coast’s delegation be successful and have a blast.