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12 April 2017
United Nations Association Hosts Premier Model UN Conference at State Department

Global Classrooms DC, the flagship education program of the UN Association of the National Capital Area, will host its 13th Annual Spring Model UN Conference on Tuesday, May 2nd at the U.S. Department of State and Pan American Health Organization. It represents the largest student conference of this kind hosted by these institutions. The event will bring together over 600 middle and high school students and educators from the Washington DC metropolitan area. Throughout the year, many of the students attending the conference, as well as hundreds more participate in Global Classrooms DC to improve their public speaking, conflict resolution skills, and expand their understanding of critical global issues.

This year's keynote speaker is US Youth Observer to the UN, Nicol Perez. Ms. Perez is a strong advocate for social and economic equality. Her experiences coming from Bolivia have fueled her passion for helping underprivileged communities gain access to the resources and support needed to have equal opportunities.

"Today, nearly half of the world's population is under the age of 25. If we want to address the world's most pressing challenges, we need to have young people at the decision-making tables. Events like Model United Nations are what initially sparked my passion for international development and diplomacy. I hope many are inspired by what they learn and use that inspiration to fearlessly tackle the challenges that are ahead of us."Nicol Perez, US Youth Observer to the UN

Our students appreciate the indelible impact this conference makes on their academic life, and their growth as global citizens.

"I am in the committee representing women's rights in the UN. I really like this committee because I am a girl, and this experience will afford me the opportunity to discuss and learn about women's issues around the world. It will also improve my public speaking skills."
6th Grade Student

"I liked being able to work with other people and learning about their views on certain topics - even if I disagreed."7th Grade Student

"The world has a lot of problems but if we work together we can make a better world."
8th Grade Student

Attendees at this year's conference will include students, educators, diplomatic officials, local government, foundations, and business representatives. UNA-NCA is grateftul for the generous sponsorship support provided by the UN Federal Credit Union and the Cultrufied Foundation.

For more information and to confirm media participation, please contact Megan Penn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 202-223-6092 no later than Wednesday, April 26.

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