On Saturday, Kent Denver hosted the St. Mary's Academy/Kent Denver Sun Devils Model United Nations (SMA/SUNMUN) Conference for 424 students from 33 schools in Colorado and Wyoming. This was likely the largest high school MUN conference ever held in Colorado.
This conference focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. "We chose to focus on the SDGs not only because they are extremely relevant to what we do in Model UN, but also because of their broader implication on the world," explains SUNMUN Secretary General Will F. '21. "As global citizens that are coming of age in the 21st century, these goals and the importance of their effects on our and the rest of our planet's future cannot be ignored."
Model United Nations conference participants serve as delegates from various countries and debate current issues. The program was developed to provide students a hands-on introduction to international relations, diplomacy and the functions of the United Nations. According to bestdelegate.com, more than 500,000 students participate in Model UN conferences across the globe each year.
"We had five different levels of competition," notes history teacher and Model UN faculty advisor Lucas Carmichael. "Each level focused on how two goals were applicable to current events requiring international response. Students worked to cooperatively craft responses that accurately reflected their assigned countries' positions and interests."
In addition to providing Kent Denver's facilities for Saturday's activities, SUNMUN helped lead the conference with 24 student officers and had an additional 41 students serve as delegates. One third of the conference proceeds were donated to UNICEF, the UN agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world. Many thanks to our students and Dr. Carmichael, for an amazing day!