Model UN delegates tackle world issues in their 2-day general session

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- Topeka's Ramada Inn-Downtown hosted nearly 700 students from 50 different middle schools and high schools across the State of Kansas in Topeka's 53rd annual Model United Nations conference, on February 26th and 27th.

The event's Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lindsey Moddelmog, is a Washburn University political science professor, who has been a key supporter of the study aboard programs for the university. She has studied many issues including fair and free trade practices in Nicaragua, issues concerning immigration and NAFTA in Ciudad Juarez, as well as local elections, political culture and religion in Brazil.

Her experience and studies in the international community has increased students understanding of international issues at Washburn University and she is bringing her experience to the Topeka Model United Nations to discuss why understanding issues beyond what affect us here at home.

The Topeka Model United Nations is a two-day simulation where student delegates represent the point of view of UN member nations on a variety of issues that we face on a global scale. The simulation is designed to foster debate, teach diplomacy, problem solving skills, and most importantly introduce students to global issues that will affect them.

The Topeka Model UN in Kansas is one of the largest in the Midwest, second only to Chicago's program. Student delegates are assigned to participate in one of 11 councils led by high school officers: Security Council, World Councils, General Assemblies, Political Councils, and Economic/Social Council. A few of the issues that are discussed include fair treatment of workers, ending poverty, humanitarian aid, and nuclear proliferation.