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Model UN to Wrestle with Global Issues at Duquesne

Nearly 275 high school students from 15 public and private schools in six counties will practice tackling global issues in the Model United Nations conference on Friday, Jan. 30, at Duquesne University.

Students from schools in Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Mercer and Westmoreland counties will gather at the Duquesne Union from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to simulate the convening of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies.

At the conference, students step into roles as ambassadors, making speeches, preparing draft resolutions, negotiating with allies and less friendly faces, and resolving conflicts.

Before gathering, students research the issue that their committee will address, becoming familiar with the needs, goals and foreign policies of "their" countries.

"This is an incredible opportunity for students to realize the importance of the United Nations as an institution and discover the merits and opportunities of international diplomacy-and to understand its difficulties and challenges as well," said Dr. Mark Frisch, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, interim director for the event.

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