Model UN Conference at the University of Victoria

by hwilde on October 3, 2011

The UN is coming to Victoria BC!  Well, sort of…the University of Victoria Model UN Club will be hosting a conference Oct21-23 featuring high school and university students acting as international leaders to debate real global issues.  These may well be our future leaders, and the conference is an opportunity for young people to engage in discussions around real-world issues.

Climate Change and the Environment is the topic of this years’ conference.  Students who participate will be assigned to represent one of the 192 member states of the UN and each will prepare a position paper outlining the policies of their country pertaining to specific topics they’re appointed to address. During the conference, students will take on the role of diplomat for their assigned country and debate, negotiate and develop solutions to the issues.

This year’s keynote speakers at the conference include Michael M’Gonigle, law professor and founding member of Greenpeace and Robert Gifford, an expert in environmental psychology.

Another facet of the exercise is a mock press conference and media scrum with students playing the roles of journalists for international news sources such as the BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera and FOX.

Perhaps these sharp young minds can solve some of the world’s climate change and environmental problems at VICMUN 2011.  At least it’s a great opportunity for youth to develop their debating and diplomacy skills and who knows; maybe a student who’s living in Victoria will unearth solutions that will impact our world for the better.

hwilde

Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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