Challenge Program students from Forest Park Middle School participated in the 2016 Northern Illinois Model UN Conference at the Chicago History Museum on Wednesday, November 16th. Taking on the role as delegates from various countries, students did an outstanding job speaking, debating and writing resolutions on international affairs.
As a delegate, students are assigned to a country and to one of five UN bodies: the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Arab League (AL). The topics they faced included: corporate disregard for human rights, marine biodiversity, deforestation, the refugee crisis, the Islamic State, NATO’s role in Afghanistan, and preservation of dying religions and cultures – to name a few. The interactive simulations included crisis scenarios that tested their foreign policy knowledge and negotiating skills.
Check out photos from the trip on our Facebook page!