Model United Nations is a program that is designed to provide students with a simulation of the United Nations as a learning experience. At any given conference, there are multiple committees that a student may join ranging from a general assembly on DISEC to a specialized committee on WHO.
Last weekend was the first session of National High School Model United Nations. Being that it was held in New York City at the Hilton in Midtown Manhatten, there was an opportunity for not only students from around the country, but also students from around the world to participate. This allows for a unique learning experience where students with multiple viewpoints from cultures around the world can converse on the same current or past issues.
The entire program was set up into five, four-hour sessions where the delegation from each committee would meet in a designated room to discuss whatever issue was presented to them beforehand. For this specific conference, I was assigned to the role of Minister of Education for the Venezualian Crisis Committee, a high tier delegation made up of only twenty members (compared to the almost two hundred of some other delegations). As a group, we were tasked with fixing the current Venezualian economic crisis, an internationally recognized downfall of what once was a great economy. Partnered with the Arab Oil Embargo, a large amount of natural crude oil and petroleum that the nation of Venezuela held allowed the country to reach a new hight of economic prosperity. However, even after the oil embargos were removed, the country continued to rely on their natural oil reserves. This, coupled with corruption in the current presidential cabinet led to the aforementioned economic where the government does not have the money support almost any program, the people don’t have the food or medication to live a healthy life and the currency is worth nothing more than dirt. Overall, it was quite a puzzling situation to attempt to solve because, on one hand, you must create new programs and initiatives to generate new revenue for your country, but on the other and you don’t have the money to do so without either a. removing funding from the programs already in place (which would only lower the standard of living) or b. seek out new foreign funding. Though we may not have come up with an exact solution to the current problem, we were able to set up a long-term plan to fix the current financial problems. It was overall a great experience and I would most definitely participate in again next year.