UMBC's Model UN To Debate International Community's Role in Preventing Genocide

Source: UMBC Press Office

Program unites high school and college students for simulation of the United Nations on Oct. 23.
Baltimore, MD, Oct. 18--The Model United Nations Foundation and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Model United Nations Team are sponsoring the 2004 Diplomat for a Day Workshop as part of the Baltimore-area celebration of United Nations Week and UMBC's Homecoming festivities. The event will take place on the UMBC campus on Saturday, October 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a lecture beginning at noon and a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Workshop will join high school and college students in a simulation of international proportion to debate and explore the international community's role in the prevention of genocide. The workshop will feature two instructional sessions, a luncheon lecture on the prevention of genocide and a five-hour simulation of the General Assembly Plenary Committee. The topic of the international community's role in the prevention of and response to genocide will be the prevailing discussion before the simulation.

"By combining both groups, students are presented with a unique collaborative environment to share tips and experiences with fellow Model UNers," said Jennifer Searfoss Miller, chair of the Model United Nations Foundation, in a prepared statement to the press.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, where, over the period of 100 days, more than half a million people lost their lives in a bloody conflict between two ethnic groups. Speaking at the event on the role of the international community in the prevention and response to genocide will be Ms. Hadar Harris, executive director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the American University Washington College of Law. She will address the workshop at noon and speak on how countries can and should become involved in conflicts that may result in genocide.

Participating high schools include the Academy of the Holy Cross, Kensington; McDonogh School, Owings Mills; and North Harford High School, Pylesville. Also, DC public schools will participate as part of a delegation from the DC Global Classrooms program.

For directions to UMBC and additional information about the Diplomat for a Day Workshop, visit umbc-mun.org.

The Model United Nations Foundation was established in 2000 to address the funding needs of the UMBC Model United Nations Team and to promote networking of alumni and current Team members. For more information, visit umbc-mun.org.

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This story was published on October 18, 2004.