Hundreds of Students from Boston’s Public and Charter Schools Participate in Model United Nations Conference

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UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Simulation Aimed at Teaching Students to be Global Citizens


“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.

More than 250 middle and high school students from 15 schools in the Boston area are attending the United Nations Association of the USA’s Global Classrooms® Boston Model UN Conference today at Northeastern University. 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.

Hoover Institution Fellow Jessica Stern will deliver remarks at the conference. She is a member of the Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law, with an expertise in terrorism.

“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 Boston 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 will be a part of seven diverse committees that discuss situations of global importance such as the uprising in Syria, nuclear energy and containment, human trafficking, and access to clean water. Volunteers from area colleges and universities are helping the students throughout the day as they work through their issue areas.

Conference attendees hail from Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Revere, and Worcester. The event is sponsored by the UNA of Greater Boston in addition to UNA-USA. More information on the Boston Conference can be found at

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize 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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