A MODEL United Nations three-day conference opened on September 29 in Bratislava, bringing together high school students from various European nations. This was the fifth year of the annual conference.
One hundred-and-seventy-five young people from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Romania and Russia met to discuss current political issues. Following procedures similar to the UN General Assembly, the student delegates debated the Israeli-Palestinian situa-tion and attempted to draft a resolution leading to possible long-term peace in the Middle East. Student delegates then debated reform of the UN Security Council.
The model conference requires students to acquaint themselves with the politics, culture and international relationships of a foreign country so they can defend its political interests convincingly. Students learn the art of compromise and the process of debate helps them develop the skills necessary to speak confidently in front of a large audience.
A local high school, the Gymnazium Jura Hronca, organizes the project, under the auspices of the United Nations Development Pro-gramme, the Ministry of Education, the Slovak Debating Association and the Novohradská foundation.
- By Martina Lišková
17. Oct 2005 at 0:00