United Nations Project 2020

February 04, 2020 by Bill Ivey

Recently, the three Humanities classes in the middle school joined together in a simulation of the United Nations that drew on the Model UN process. After several weeks of preparation during which each of nine groups representing nine countries researched basic information about their country, wrote a position paper, and drafted a resolution, they met in a general session. After an informal caucus, a resolution developed by the Cuba group won the strongest support, and went on to be passed by the General Assembly with eight ayes and one nay. The resolution as written, amended, and passed reads as follows:

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Resolution:

General Assembly Third Committee

Sponsors: Cuba

Signatories: Netherlands, Brazil, Australia, Egypt, Canada, South Africa, South Korea

Topic: Political representation of women and change in cultural and societal norms expected of women.

The General Assembly,

Reminding all nations of Sustainable Development Goal 5 which thereby states “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” which acknowledges the existence of the lack of gender representation, and the abundance of gender stereotypes,

Reestablishing UNESCO’s mission: “UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education by promoting cultural heritage and equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing…”,

Considering past advancements throughout all member countries and organizations of the UN and more, including the right to vote, the encouragement of female leadership and representation etc.,

Emphasizing that there is still a long way to go, and more efforts to be made, because of all of the centuries of inequity, prejudice, and intolerance of women,

  1. Requests all related agencies that are a part of the United Nations to cooperate with nations to create cultural change, political change, and economic change;
  2. Encourages all member nations to adhere to the UN Women’s goal to achieve true gender equality in all nations;
  3. Calls for the advancement to change gender and societal norms and the growth in female representation in positions of power;
  4. Urges the development for improvement in female representation to meet the 2030 agenda.

Written by Bill Ivey

A dedicated member of the faculty, Bill Ivey is the Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. He teaches Humanities 7 and the Middle and Upper School Rock Bands. Bill is the advisor for MOCA, the middle school student government, and he coordinates and participates in the middle school service program. Among his many hats, Bill also coordinates social media for Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

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