BSS’s first ever Model UN conference is approaching

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Chantal Elias

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This year BSS is hosting its first Model United Nations Conference, called BSSMUN, which will be held on Saturday, February 24th. The Secretariat, or administration, of the conference include students from Grades 9 to 12 who share a common interest in international affairs. One of the unique aspects of this conference is the direct focus on human rights, historically and in present-day. Each committee addresses a variety of human rights concerns around the world. We hope that through the discussion of human rights abuses, delegates will work together to form attainable solutions to bring peace and dignity to those who have been violated.

The six committees at BSSMUN are Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A), The American Civil War, Post-Rwandan Genocide, 1945 Yalta Conference, the Human Rights Council, and the High-Level Task Force on Food Security. In Model United Nations, there are three types of committees: Crisis, Specialized Agency, and Generalized assemblies. The crisis committees, Cobra and American Civil War, are fast paced and require flexible thinking. Cobra is the UK Government’s crisis response committee. Since its founding in 1970, Cobra has convened to discuss health, terrorist, and security issues.

The American Civil War is a historical crisis committee, giving delegates the chance to rewrite the impactful 1861 war between the Confederacy and the Union. The Post-Rwandan Genocide Committee, one of the two specialized agencies, is set in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide and enables delegates to discuss the arms trade, the future of Rwanda, and humanitarian intervention. The 1945 Yalta Committee is the second specialized agency and third historical committee, addressing the European and Pacific front during World War II. The last committee category, general assemblies, is made up of the Human Rights Council and The High Level Task Force for Food Security Crisis. The Human Rights Council, a major body of the U.N., addresses the prevalent issue of refugees, gender equality in education, and health and sanitation. The Venezuelan food crisis, distribution of food, and agricultural food practices form the basis of the Food Security Taskforce.

Although this is the first BSS-run conference, Model UN has always been an integral part of the BSS community for many years, so it seemed fitting that we should open our doors and share our passion for world affairs with the rest of the GTA. Regarding the upcoming conference, Grade 12 student Sydney Ofiara, Director of Policy, stated, “I’ve really enjoyed working on BSSMUN. With a focus on human rights and a ranging skill group attending the conference, I think it will be a success and hopefully will become an annual tradition. I am so proud of the dedication the BSS community has shown in putting it all together.” Model United Nations gives students the chance to engage in debate, collaboration, and solution-building skills that are applicable to all fields. If you have any interest in Model United Nations, you are encouraged to try it out in the comfort of our own school. Please visit https://www.bssmun.com/register or email chantale@bss.on.ca / anyatm@bss.on.ca to register.