High School Diplomats to Debate Global Problems

Nearly 400 central Virginia high school students are set to gather at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School on March 26 and March 27 to participate in the 13th annual Governor’s School Model United Nations Conference (GSMUN XIII).

The conference is completely organized and run by a staff of around 60 Maggie Walker students and is one of the largest high school conferences of its kind in the region.

Model United Nations is an emulation of official UN proceedings that allows students to become diplomats of an assigned country. Delegates research, debate, and eventually reach a virtual solution to real international problems. Students at GSMUN XIII will participate in conferences that focus on expanding global access to medical care, housing, education, as well as tackle current crisis situations such as the India-Pakistan conflict.

Each year the GSMUN staff selects a charity to support. This year, GSMUN XIII organizers are raising funds for Action Against Hunger, a nonprofit organization that battles worldwide food and water shortage.

Delegates at GSMUN XII combating issues of global importance (photo by Ginny Cross '10)