by Mitch Hughes
On Friday, November 14, our Model United Nations club paid a visit to the University of Dayton for their annual fall conference. The event took place from about 8:00 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon and delegates from around 20 high schools throughout the country were in attendance. The Bellbrook group represented three different countries: New Zealand, Israel, and France, who is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
I was fortunate to participate in this year’s event as a delegate from France in the second of two Security Councils. Since this was my second year, representing a country that is one of the permanent five members was an outstanding experience. The second Security Council’s goal was to resolve the issue concerning the rights of indigenous peoples in Latin America. We were able to develop and pass a resolution that provided possible procedures for countries to extract natural resources without infringing on the rights of those indigenous to the lands.
The council worked very smoothly and everybody was able to communicate their ideas effectively. It seemed as if all of the other councils has about the same level of success as we did. The UD conference is one of the two Model UN conferences that Bellbrook attends in the school year. The second takes place at Miami University in the spring.