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17 Apr 2014

Québec Government Office in New York welcomes Québec students participating in Model UN simulations

The Québec Government Office in New York (DGQNY) hosted two groups of students from Québec on March 31 and April 14. The students had come to participate in the annual simulation of the committees of the United Nations (UN).

On March 31, the Québec Government Office in New York welcomed the first group of 70 students from the Université de Sherbrooke, the Université du Québec en Outaouais and Université Laval. On April 14, a second group of 60 students from Collège Montmorency and the Université du Québec à Montréal arrived.

While visiting the Québec Government Office, students attended a presentation by Québec Delegate General Dominique Poirier, who explained her mandate to them.

Simulation of UN committees

The National Model United Nations in New York attracts over 5,000 students from some thirty countries each year.

At the beginning of the school year, students selected by their universities or colleges are grouped into delegations and assigned a country. They spend over eight months studying the geopolitics of the country they represent, the way the UN operates and international relations.

The delegations meet in New York in the spring and are mandated to represent and defend their countries. This involves serving on committees, debating, negotiating, and drafting resolutions.

The exercise takes place over four days and culminates in a General Assembly at the United Nations building.

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