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Model United Nations Program 2011
The 2011 Rotary Model UN will be held May 14th. And 15th. At the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University Of San Diego.
Cost will remain the same as 2010, $600 for a team of 2 student "ambassadors" and an adult advisor, and that includes one night at a local hotel and meals.
Rotary Model UN is a 2 day simulation of the UN General Assembly, with "ambassadors" debating real life motions and crises. Students are trained in conflict resolution, critical and analytical thinking, and presentation skills. MUN exposes students to different cultures and political ideologies and helps them develop a more balanced, objective world view. Students are from a wide variety of San Diego and Imperial County high schools, both public and private, and range from freshmen to seniors.
For more information, please contact District Chair Rob Mullally at email@example.com, 858-449-8705, and visit the website at www.modelun5340.com.
Peace Award 2008-09
District 5340 will present its second annual award to a recipient who has made a difference in promoting peace on February 10 at 6:30PM at the District Council dinner meeting. It is the District Peacemaker Award. The Pathways to Peace Committee is now accepting nominations.
This award is designed to honor someone, (Rotarians eligible) who has made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, understanding, conflict resolution and peace in the local and/or global community. The honoree will be selected based on a demonstrated commitment to the foregoing and actions taken to bring about the change referred to in Rotary's Mission Statement.
Help build goodwill and peace in the world. Deadline for Nominations is January 22, 2009.
Click here to download the nomination form.
Model United Nations Program 2009
The 2009 program will be held once again at the Braille Institute on the weekend of April 4-5, 2009. It is our goal to offer this wonderful opportunity to as many students as possible who might otherwise never experience MUN. We also strive to involve more clubs in our District.
For more information, contact Dory Beatrice at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marty Rosenstein: email@example.com
Model United Nations Program 2008
The 2008 District 5340 Model United Nations Program was held at the Braille Institute on the weekend of April 12-13, 2008. 29 teams representing 16 clubs were in attendance. This was our 4th annual Conference and we have seen continued growth in number of students and the number and geographic distribution of clubs represented. This year our teams debated resolutions pertaining to the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the prevention of an arms race in outer space, and industrial development cooperation. The teams also dealt with a simulated crisis on Saturday night. In all, the students impressed us with their newly developed skills of conflict resolution, public speaking and assuming the role of diplomats from their assigned countries. The guest speaker was Katharine Kubichan, President of the San Diego Chapter of the United Nations Associations of America, who spoke on the UN Millenium Development Goals.
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Model United Nations Program 2007
The 2007 District 5340 Model United Nations program was held on March 24-25, 2007 at the Braille Institute. This year we had 22 teams participating from 13 clubs from all over the district, with steady growth over our three years in existence. In Model UN, high school students step into the shoes of international diplomats for the weekend. Each team represents a different country. They will debate 3 resolutions, adapted from real-time resolutions at the U.N.: on Iran, Somalia, and AIDS in Africa. Our lunchtime speaker will be Marieta Siquiera, Ambassadorial Scholar from Brazil. There will also be a special evening program, but we cannot unveil it just yet!
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For more information, contact Dory Beatrice: firstname.lastname@example.org or Marty Rosenstein: email@example.com.
Model United Nations Program 2006
We are very pleased to announce that the second annual Rotary District 5340 Model United Nations Conference was held on the weekend of March 25-26, 2006, with great success. Twelve clubs in the district sponsored 18 teams which represented as many countries, with high school students stepping into the shoes of international diplomats for the weekend. They debated 3 resolutions, adapted from resolutions at the real UN, which pertained to 1) the border conflicts between Ethiopia and Eritrea, 2) setting up a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, and 3) services for aging populations. In addition we staged an "international crisis" in the evening about North Korea firing off test missiles, and the U.S response. To assist, Marty Levine of Channel 7/39 had taped two "news clips" about this developing crisis. The students became highly involved in debating how to handle this problem. Our 2 speakers were Mr. Isoda, Representative from the Consulate General of Japan, and Mr. Alan Moore, Representative from the Consulate General of South Africa. Mr. Moore later shared that he was extremely impressed with the intelligence and leadership of the students! So were we!
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Dory Beatrice and Marty Rosenstein, La Jolla Golden Triangle RC
Model United Nations Program 2005
On the weekend of April 2-3 2005, the first Rotary District 5340 Model UN program was held, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Kearny Mesa. All involved seem to feel that it turned out very well. It was a simulation of the United Nations, with 15 teams of high school students sponsored by their Rotary Clubs--each team representing a country and debating resolutions that were very close to real resolutions discussed at the UN...We had been able to hook up with High Tech High School, which has a strong Model UN program, and they sent us a team of experienced students to run the conference, which added considerably to the experience. In addition, wanting to expose the kids to real-world issues and people, we had some excellent speakers: a torture survivor from Iran, Miko Peled and Nader Elbanna speaking about Jewish-Palestinian dialog and their wheelchair project, and then the Lost Boys of Sudan. Since one of the resolutions the kids were debating all day was about the Sudan and Darfur, they were thrilled to meet the Lost Boys and have a chance to talk with them. Afterwards they were particularly swarmed by the girls!
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Then we sent them off to bed, and knocked on their doors 15 minutes later to stage a simulated international crisis for them to deal with. We had been able to get a real news broadcaster from a real news studio who made 3 short segments of news stating that Taiwan had just declared independence, and China had launched warships across the strait. Then the U.S. said they would launch ships, and then North Korea said the same. The kids became fully engaged debating this situation and what to do, and they were quite brilliant! At the end of course we told them it was a simulation.
The program was quite exciting and hopefully valuable to the kids in exposure to global issues and trying to grapple with them, experience in critical thinking, public speaking, and negotiation skills. In addition we challenged them to think about what sort of contribution they will make to our world.
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