PHOTO: (L-R) Angelina Lin, Grace Anne Phillips, Areopl Bai, Peter Sharpless, Nick Kellogg, Ashley Escobar, Fletcher Parsons, Leonardo Santoboni, Charlotte Cook, Colin Lang, Lydia Davis, Sebastian Borland, Henry Shifrin, Paget Kellogg, Andrew Amygdalos.
Gunston's Model United Nations team traveled to Washington D.C. last weekend to attend the 57th annual North American Invitational Model United Nations Conference (NAIMUN). Known for its substantive excellence, academic rigor, and educational programming, NAIMUN hosted delegates from across the Unites States and the world.
Gunston's Model UN members represented various countries and participated in debates about climate change, cyber security, refugees, and many other important world issues.
The North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) conference is one of the oldest UN simulations for high school students in the world. Since 1963, the conference has been a forum where young students come from around the world. Three thousand high schools students convene for four days to explore various problems of the world and seek solutions through discussion, negotiation, and debate. Students simulate roles as delegates to the United Nations from a particular nation and serve as representatives of that country’s policies. Students at NAIMUN are pushed to heighten their understanding of the international system through 40 mini-simulations, ranging from standard committees like the UN General Assembly and the Security Council to crisis simulations of various regional organizations, national cabinets, corporate boards, and political organizations.
The conference is organized by the Georgetown International Relations Association, Inc. (GIRA), a non-profit organization that seeks to design meaningful exchanges that inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of leaders in government, business, and international affairs. NAIMUN is staffed and managed by over 250 undergraduate students from Georgetown University, all of whom have keen interest and substantial understanding of international relations.