U of T Mississauga Students To Attend the United Nation’s Youth Assembly in New York.
Today, probably more than ever in recent history, we need smart, globally minded leaders and innovative, unifying ideas for a polarizing world. And it just might be the case that some of these leaders and ideas will be coming from Mississauga!
Students at the U of T Mississauga Model UN club won the opportunity to be delegates at the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York this August. They received this honour by winning competitions with other Model UN clubs across North America last academic year.
Model UN clubs, also known as Model United Nations or MUNs, are extra-curricular activities within an academic setting in which students roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. MUN conferences bring student delegates from countries worldwide together to discuss and debate world issues and offer solutions.
At the local club level, students study policy and adopt the viewpoints of various countries, practising writing briefs and debating these in preparation for Model UN competitions.
At two competitions in the last academic year, the U of T Mississauga club collected five awards for writing country/issue profiles, three individual honours for debating and persuasive skills, and an award for the competition’s best small delegation.
Because of that success, members of the club’s executive are heading off to a youth assembly at UN headquarters in New York City next month. “While the extraordinary Delegates who make up The Youth Assembly come from diverse backgrounds,” proclaims the UN Youth Assembly website, “we all have one thing in common – our world-changing potential. We are emerging change-makers, social innovators, advocates, development practitioners, and leaders in our communities and the world at large.”
This coming school year, the U of T Mississauga club intends to host its first-ever Model UN competition at the Mississauga campus. Club president Kayvan Aflaki, a fourth-year student majoring in biology for health science, believes that the organization’s trip to the UN this summer will be of great help in organizing a successful conference on the U of T Mississauga campus.
“Our organization has been ranked among the top 75 Model UN teams in North America,” says Aflaki. “I think with our burgeoning success at competitions across Canada, we’ve proven that we have the talent and expertise to finally host clubs from around the world on our campus.”