This Saturday, December 7, Monadnock Waldorf High School will host MonadMUN I, a Model United Nations conference, at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH. The day will begin with an opening ceremony in the library’s theater at 9 am. The closing ceremony will take place there at 4:30 pm. The public is invited to observe the proceedings, except for the voting at the end of the session.
Five high schools will participate on Saturday: Monadnock Waldorf High School; Keene High School (their first Model United Nations); High Mowing School from Wilton, NH; Alverine HS from Hudson, NH; and the Hartsbrook School from Hadley, MA. 55 students will represent 28 countries, functioning as an expanded Security Council. An additional group of students will serve as pages for the event. Saturday will be the first time MWHS has hosted a Model UN Conference, after three years of attending many conferences at other schools including Dartmouth College and Phillips Exeter Academy.
Model UN provides a forum for adolescents to increase their knowledge of the world and of current events, to hone formal debating skills, to negotiate and forge consensus, and to live into a vision of a peaceful world community.
The topic for this Model United Nations gathering is Conflict in the Eastern Congo. Almost continuously since the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the worst conflict since WWII has raged in the eastern Congo. To date it has claimed an estimated five million lives. Even with recent positive developments in the Security Council and the defeat of the M23 rebel group, what can international community do to ensure stability in the region and a permanent peaceful resolution to this conflict?
Fully one-half of the MWHS student body will participate as delegates, pages or support staff. We are very grateful to the Keene Public Library for co- sponsoring this event and for providing the facilities. We are also grateful to the The Works Bakery Cafe for providing a breakfast spread for our guests, many of whom travel far to attend.
November 22 marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. The words of his inaugural address still ring true: "[T]hat world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, [is] our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace. [W]e renew our pledge of support — to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective — to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak — and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run." For more information about MonadMUN I, please contact Monadnock Waldorf High School at 603-903-0064. Kudos to our intrepid MUN'ers! Karl Schurman