Student Model of the UN General Assembly
In September 2010, the project of the Student Model of the UN General Assembly was organized for the first time. It was prepared under the auspices of the United Nations Information Centre Prague and was supported by the city of Pilsen, Masaryk Grammar School in Pilsen, the Civic Institute and local Eurocentrum.
The simulation was attended by more than 80 secondary school students from the whole Czech Republic. Students represented both world powers and small states in three Committees of the UN General Assembly – participants were enabled to choose between Disarmament and International Security Committee, Economic and Financial Committee and Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee.
The project was divided into 2 parts – preparatory workshops at the weekend and three days of simulation.
During preparatory workshops, our participants were informed about the structure and activities of the United Nations and about the topics discussed during the simulation. Students also attended interactive seminar about rhetoric and presentation skills and had the possibility to try acquired skills and knowledge in practice. During these workshops we welcomed several interesting guests such as Roman Joch (the Civic Institute Director and Advisor of Prime Minister Petr Nečas) or Michal Broža (the UN Information Center Prague Manager).
During the simulation of the sessions, students represented diplomats in the three Committees. They advocated the interest of governments and states they represented, sought compromises between conflicting opinions and drafted and passed the resolutions. During three days they managed to discuss the future of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, agreed on military spending reductions and discussed the problem of bio-fuels, regulation of financial sector, rights of the child and other topics.
Our project was monitored by local media. Regional TV ZAK broadcasted two reportages about the Student Model and several Print Newspapers and Online News Media published articles about our project: