Last week, the 46th annual Model United Nations conference was held at Penn State Harrisburg. This event spanned from February 15th to the 16th. Model United Nations is an activity in which local high schools gather to emulate the actual United Nations in an academic/educational environment. In the weeks leading up to the conference, it is your job as a delegate to research your country, knowing their background and stances on current world events. The country that I was representing this year was Iceland. The conference is split into four committees, the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), and the Security Council. Throughout the two days, each committee had four sessions, in which they had to debate and resolve three respective issues. These issues ranged from nuclear tension, refugees, and many other prominent global conflicts. I was a part of SPECPOL, and our topics were the Palestine/Israel settlement conflict, nuclear tension, and human trafficking. During the course of the sessions, my committee debated back and forth, working together to compromise in order to form a working paper (resolution). Our committee was successful in passing resolutions for all three topics, which was a proud accomplishment. Model United Nations is such a unique experience to me because it allows you to interact with a diverse group of people, and meet new friends. Furthermore, it promotes socializing and communication skills, as it is your job as a delegate to compromise, represent your country, and work together as one committee for the betterment of the world.
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