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Model UN Team Competes at Dayton

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Ohio Northern Model United Nations team attended the Dayton Model United Nations Conference, held at Sinclair Community College ( Dayton OH) on February 19 and 20, 2010. The team participated in both the General Assembly Plenary and World Health Organization committees, representing the countries of Ecuador, Ghana, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Hungary, and Colombia. The members of the team in attendance were Kerrie Bell, Brandon Bryant, Zachary Esterline, Dan Jones, Megan Piersol, Rochelle Reamy, Steven Saunier, Hannah Shreffler, and Leeann Sullivan, with Professor Kofi Nsia-Pepra as the student advisor.

The General Assembly Plenary worked on two topics at the conference:

Environmental Degradation as a Source of Climate Change and the Control of Conflict Resources. In regard to the first topic, Environmental Degradation, the committee tackled solutions to water as a source of conflict, the effects of migration as a result of climate change, oil as a source of climate change, and desertification leading to migration and human rights difficulties. The second topic also garnered much work, as the committee addressed conflicts as a result of water, oil, and diamonds. Further, the committee addressed non- state actors' role in conflict as a result of climate change.

The World Health Organization worked on establishing more direct resources to limiting the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa. The committee worked to address transparency of funding toward this issue and utilizing international nongovernmental organizations in order to quell the impact of HIV/AIDS. The team had success working in both committees, drafting and passing resolutions, to address all mentioned global problems, and used the opportunity to prepare for the National Model United Nations Conference, to be held in New York City at the end of March.