Students heading to Model U.N. event in the Netherlands

Thousands of High school students from all over the world are heading to The Hague, Netherlands, next week to participate in a Model United Nations conference.

Students will do exactly what the U.N. is doing and write resolutions and research the topics they talk about in real life.

The Hague International Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In standard Model UN, students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO).

During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their country. These skills include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing. However, school delegation formats vary from region to region.

The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) is a not-for-profit educational foundation. In 1995 the THIMUN Foundation was accredited as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. In 2003 the THIMUN Foundation was granted Roster Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Students applied for the program in early 2010 and went through an interview process before being selected.

It’s the most prestigious Model U.N. conference for high school students in the world, and it’s a very unique opportunity for the students.

The students will travel to Europe for two weeks. They will attend the conference for nearly a week, where they will stay with host families, and they will spend the remaining time sightseeing in Amsterdam and Prague, Czech Republic.

More info at www.thimun.org

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