Students from All Parts of the World Take On Climate Change at London Model United Nations Conference

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Simulation is Part of UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Program Aimed at Teaching Students to be Global Citizens

The Global Classrooms London Model UN reminds us that there is an entire generation of young leaders in training eagerly waiting to take the reins and continue to develop solutions today for the problems of the future

High school students from around the world convene today at the headquarters of the United Nations International Maritime Organization in London to tackle climate change in the simulated diplomatic setting that is the United Nations Association of the USA’s (UNA-USA) Global Classrooms® Model UN program. The conference is the biggest yet for Global Classrooms London, with more than 400 delegates participating, including delegations from more than 30 London state schools, as well as Bahrain, Cyprus, India, Japan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.

“The quality of learning that takes place at the Global Classrooms Mulberry School Model United Nations conference is of a very high standard. London students gain enormously from contact with international delegations,” said Mulberry School Headteacher Vanessa Ogden. “The sense of achievement that students leave with and the belief in their own ability to change the world has a life-changing impact on their futures.”

This Model UN’s climate change focus will reflect the work being done during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa. Ten committees will explore this topic and seek ways in which the UN can mitigate, adapt, and finance the climate change fight on a regional basis.

“The students gathering at our London conference today face one of the world’s most vexing problems: climate change,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “The Global Classrooms London Model UN reminds us that there is an entire generation of young leaders in training eagerly waiting to take the reins and continue to develop solutions today for the problems of the future.”

The London program continues a long history of success in engaging students and teachers in global issues and developing skills in leadership, debate, public speaking, research, negotiation, diplomacy, and conflict resolution. Student leadership is at the heart of the program: the committees are student led, and delegates take on increasing responsibility, eventually rising to the role of Secretary-General. Many students return to support the program, which provides excellent role modeling that inspires students to pursue their career aspirations, whatever they may be. More information on the conference and the Global Classrooms London program can be found at

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit UNA-USA is a member of the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA). For more information on WFUNA, visit

Global Classrooms is UNA-USA’s innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms cultivates literacy, life skills and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship. For more information on Global Classrooms, visit


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