Students from L.A. Unified School District Participate in UNA-USA's Global Classrooms Model UN Conference

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Middle and high school participants simulate the work of the United Nations


Students’ participation in Model UN today marks the beginning of a long period of engagement between them and the United Nations.

More than 360 middle and high school students from the Los Angeles community are attending the United Nations Association of the USA’s Global Classrooms® Los Angeles Model UN Conference today at UCLA. In Model UN, Students role-play as representatives from countries, interest groups and nongovernmental organizations in simulations of UN bodies. Global Classrooms Model UN has amazed schools around the globe with its ability to cultivate global literacy, life skills, and attitudes necessary for active citizenship, showing that students deeply care about the world outside their local community.

“Students’ participation in Model UN today marks the beginning of a long period of engagement between them and the United Nations,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “The Atlanta conference is part of a country-wide movement where students are showing they care about issues that go beyond their local communities, and are willing to bring down the common barriers that divide countries and cultures.”

Students from public, private, and charter schools will role-play as ambassadors from UN member states, interest groups, and nongovernmental organizations in a simulation of the United Nations. The conference will include simulations of the following UN bodies: the UN Environment Programme; the UN Security Council; UNICEF; and the World Health Organization.

Global Classrooms has been held in Los Angeles since 2003. The event will feature speakers from UNA-USA’s Southern California Division, as well as a keynote address during the Opening Ceremonies by United Nations Foundation Senior Advisor Gillian Sorensen.

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at

The United Nations Association of the USA’s Global Classrooms Model UN is an educational program that engages public middle school and high school students in the United States and abroad in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms is the only comprehensive program of study and instruction based on Model UN, the largest Model UN network both inside and outside the United States, and the only Model UN provider focused on underserved populations. Impacting more than 25,000 students and teachers annually, Global Classrooms is implemented as a stand-alone curriculum, co-curricular, and as an after school program. For more information, visit

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