30th Annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations Conference

30th Annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations Conference
Posted on 11/20/2020

 

PLEASANT HILL, Calif., November 17, 2020 – On Saturday, November 14, 150 high school students, representing 7 high schools, skipped their usual weekend social activities to tackle current world issues at the 30th Annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations Conference. Usually held at Diablo Valley College, in Pleasant Hill, this year's Model UN was held virtually, due to COVID-19. 

This academic event is produced and directed by CCCOE and coordinated by Best Delegate. The day-long event enhances high school students’ understanding of the United Nations and its role in global issues. Participating students (delegates) each represent a nation and negotiate on that country’s behalf. This year’s top two schools were The Harker School (Distinguished Delegation) and California High School (Outstanding Delegation). 

“We are pleased to see high school students throughout our county, the Bay Area, and beyond participate in our Model UN program,” Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “It is certainly admirable that during the challenges of COVID-19 that these students and their advisors found the extra time to learn about the United Nations and world issues. When you watch the students in committee sessions, it is evident of the hard work and preparation they have put in, as they successfully discuss, persuade, and work with fellow committee members on real-world problems and complex international relations.” 

During the conference, delegates debated international issues in 10 committees, including Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), World Health Organization (WHO), Security Council (UNSC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Topics discussed will include the COVID-19 Pandemic, Reducing Pollution of the Oceans, Access to Clean Water, Nuclear Disarmament, and Misinformation and Fake News. and For a complete list of committees and detailed topics, please visit this web page. 

Along with learning about the organization and world issues, Model UN is an excellent opportunity for students to display all the hard work and preparation they have put in, as they successfully discuss, persuade, and work with fellow committee members on real-world problems and complex international relations. The skills they are currently refining with this program, such as research and presentation, will be the same ones they’ll use in college and/or in their future careers. 

This academic event also offers students an opportunity to gain substantive knowledge about the cultures and policies of the countries they represent. They can learn the mechanisms for peaceful resolution of disputes, while at the same time honing their interpersonal skills. They must practice writing and speaking skills in order to persuade delegates from other attending schools. 

A count of 150 students representing the seven high school teams participated in this year’s Contra Costa County Model UN: Berean Christian High (Walnut Creek), California High (San Ramon), Campolindo High (Moraga), Carondelet High (Concord), Christian Brothers High (Sacramento), De La Salle High (Concord), Dougherty Valley High (San Ramon), and Harker School (San Jose).  To review this year’s individual and delegation awards, please visit this web page. 

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