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UMBC-MUN To Host Debate on Maritime Terrorism on Oct. 21

Model United Nations program brings together high school, college students to debate piracy on the high seas.

SOURCE: University of Maryland Baltimore County
The Model United Nations Alumni Society at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is sponsoring the 2006 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 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a lecture beginning at noon.

The Workshop will join high school and college students in a simulation of the United Nations. The workshop will feature two instructional sessions, a keynote lecture and a four-hour simulation of the General Assembly Plenary Committee. The prevailing discussion before the simulation will be the international community’s role in the prevention of and response to maritime terrorism.

Jennifer Searfoss Miller, chair of the UMBC Model United Nations Alumni Society, remarked in a prepared statement to the press, "Piracy has a huge effect on nation-states’ economies and the lives of innocent people. It is a serious topic that has not been seriously discussed by the international community."

The international reality of pirates as bandits and robbers on the high seas is more serious than is generally recognized. During the first three months of 2006, there were 61 pirate attacks. While this number has steadily increased over the past decade, it has been ten years since the international community took formal action on piracy. The international community must decide upon the necessary steps it should take before piracy becomes a norm or leads to widespread naval terrorism.

Students from around the Baltimore-DC Metro area will be in attendance. Participating high schools include the Archbishop Spaulding High School, Severn; Bel Air High School, Bel Air; Catonsville High School, Catonsville; Eastern Tech High School, Baltimore; Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring; Stephen Decatur High School, Berlin; and Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, Baltimore. Also, DC public schools will also participate as part of a delegation from the DC Global Classrooms program.

The events of the day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Public Policy Building on the UMBC campus in Catonsville.
Directions to UMBC and additional information about the Diplomat for a Day workshop may be found at For more information, email

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This story was published on October 16, 2006.