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24 June 2020
GCDC Hosts Second Virtual Model UN Conference with Ronald Reagan Middle School
Although the pandemic has restricted the ability of the Global Classrooms DC team to host in-person Model UN sessions, our leaders of tomorrow remain committed to solving today’s global issues. 

On June 18th, the GCDC team hosted our second virtual Model UN committee session with students from Ronald Reagan Middle School. Despite never debating in a virtual setting before, the students  took on the challenge wholeheartedly. Using the work originally intended for the Spring 2020 Model UN Conference, students convened in an International Organization for Migration (IOM) committee and discussed “Protecting Against Forced Migration Due to Conflict.” 

Over the course of an hour committee session, the students worked together to produce two resolutions. One paper identified the need for improved immigration systems and policies and the necessity of “an adequate number of resources (food, water, and medical supplies), as well as sanitary supplies, bathrooms, and showers” to help prevent the spread of diseases, like COVID-19, amongst migrants. The second paper focused on identifying sources of “funding from other countries to … help improve the quality of life in certain countries affected by migrant crises.” 

Despite not being able to convene in-person, the students engaged passionately and worked together to find solutions to the issue of forced migration. The session showed the GCDC team the resilience and commitment our students have to changing the world.