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About Global Classrooms DC


Established in 2003, Global Classrooms® DC (GCDC) is the flagship education program of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). Through original global education curriculum and Model UN mini-simulations, GCDC helps prepare globally aware citizens, educates students grades 5-12 on international issues and the work of the United Nations, and strengthens key skills including public speaking, negotiation, and writing.

GCDC also organizes professional development workshops and two Model UN Conferences including the Annual Spring Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC.

Our programming is open to all public, private, and international schools, as well as homeschool co-ops, leadership organizations, and clubs in the US and abroad.

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Email: gcdc@unanca.org    Phone: 202.223.6092

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April 26, 2019: 15th Annual Spring Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and the Pan-American Health Organization

Our conference included hundreds of middle and high school participants from over 30 groups and schools largely from the DC-area. The students discussed topics across the Sustainable Development Goal spectrum, including Ending Modern Slavery, Creating Youth Employment Opportunities, Promoting Women in Peace and Security, Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Developing Better Responses to Natural Disasters. With nearly every country represented across the different committees, we were amazed by the students bringing together many perspectives and ideas to solve these enormous challenges. 


Thank you to our partners and generous sponsors for their support of this year's conference: the U.S. Department of State (Bureau of International Organization Affairs), the Pan American Health Organization, the United Nations Federal Credit Union, AIRSCHOTT, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, the National Education Association, Morgan Stanley, and Stephen F. Moseley.


GCDC Provides...

Model UN Training and Spring Conferences: 
Students build their self-confidence and communication skills as they debate complex global issues in youth committees.

GCDC teachers receive lesson plans, topic-specific background guides, Model UN mini-simulations, a monthly newsletter, staff support, and more.

In-Class Mod
el UN Sessions: Model UN Mentors from DC consortium universities provide in-class Model UN support.

In-Class Speakers: Professionals in international affairs with topical and regional experience visit classrooms to discuss emerging issues, and give personal context to the topics students are learning.

Professional Development Workshops: 
Participating teachers learn new skills to implement Model UN and actively incorporate global issues into their classes, and how to utilize the GCDC curriculum.

Volunteer Program: More than 100 DC metropolitan area volunteers support GCDC students as they learn about foreign affairs and advocacy.