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Nevada Union students hold Model UN event

Nicolette Ronnigen debates a resolution with the Security Council during a Model UN program Wednesday at Nevada Union HIgh School.

Nevada Union High School juniors and seniors played the roles of world leaders Wednesday in the annual NU Model United Nations. The event ran from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and was held in the Don Baggett Theater and other areas around the school's campus.

Model UN student ambassadors were given complex, real world problems to solve, in the hopes of developing collaborative solutions to present day world issues.

Some issues covered included North Korean nuclear policy, child abuse in Africa, women's health and discrimination in India and human trafficking.

Students aimed to give a simulation of the U.N. General Assembly and related multilateral bodies. After researching the culture, politics and economics of their respective countries, each student ambassador represented one of the 42 countries.

Students from NU social studies and English classes represented the 15 nations serving on the current world Security Council, and 27 additional countries whose ambassadors debated global issues and raised concerns to the mock Security Council, World Health Organization and Human Rights Commission.

"We hope that the Model UN is a valuable learning experience and a part of our students' high school experience that will benefit them in their future," NU teacher Nate Homan, said of the event.

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"The goal is that young people can see the value in international diplomacy and the necessity of international cooperation in a world that will continue to present increasingly complicated challenges in our lifetimes."

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.

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