Model UN

AMBS Model UN team take #2 award in highly competitive committee
Model UN

On March 23 and 24th, the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament Model UN Team competed against 1600 other national and international students in New York City at the UNA-USA Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference.

Two AMBS Model UN Team delegates, Gabriella and Veronica were able to outmaneuver over 25 other delegates in a small and highly competitive committee to take home the number two award: an honorable mention for distinguished performance in the UNFPA committee.  They bested several other top-tier private, public, and international schools due to superior preparation, mastery of parliamentary procedure, public speaking, and superior diplomatic and leadership ability. 

The conference simulates the United Nations and its agencies and engages the participants in an exploration of current world issues.  While at the conference, AMBS represented Canada and simulated their positions on various issues which included empowering vulnerable groups through access to information and communication technology, controlling global narcotics, addressing the refugee crisis, the right to a decent standard of living, youth employment, and combating the illegal wildlife trade. 

Attendance at the conference was the culmination of months of research and practice by the team. Over the last few months, AMBS Model UN Team members practiced speech writing and parliamentary procedure, learned how to research a country and its positions, and developed strong public speaking skills.  AMBS team members paired up and were assigned to a UN committee that covered one of the topics mentioned above. 

While in committee at the conference the AMBS team engaged in debate with delegates from around the U.S. and from as far away as China, South Korea, Ghana, and Indonesia who represented other UN member countries.  Committee membership ranged from 25-200 students where each member of the AMBS team stood up and gave speeches which outlined their positions on each assigned topic.  The goal of each committee was for the delegates to build consensus and pass a resolution that attempted to address the topic in each committee.  With hundreds of competing interests represented, building enough support to pass a resolution was not always easy, yet several members of our team prevailed and were able to steer their resolution to passage.