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Model UN holds meeting to discuss clean water accessibility

June 29, 2017

 

Tyler Libert, a freshman chemical engineering major, reads some of the prepared facts about the issue of clean drinking water at the Model UN meeting. – Photo by Jonathan Shaul

Andrew Bell
Staff Reporter | agb022@latech.edu

 

Model United Nation’s meeting on providing accessible water provided a forum for discussion about the measures needed to be taken to balance the access of water worldwide.

 

The meeting was held in University Hall April 10. Countries represented included the United States, India, Russia, Qatar, China, United Kingdom, France, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa and Spain. Most of the discussion was centered around desalination plans and where the funding would come from.

 

Stormi Verret, a freshman english and spanish major, is a member of Model UN’s travel team.

 

“I think (providing access to clean water) is a really important issue,” she said. “That’s why we chose it. We wanted to have something that’s accessible to a bunch of different countries. I personally don’t have to struggle to find clean water but I think it’s really interesting to see what other countries go through and what those people have to experience.”

 

Jemma Seaton, a freshman biomedical engineering and mathematics major, who is also the president of Model UN, acted as director and chair of the meeting, while various attendees of the meeting acted as the delegates. She said the goals for the meeting included introducing newcomers to the organization and for the travel team to prep for future events.

 

“The main purpose of these meetings is to get people interested in joining the travel team,” she said. “I want to introduce people to what Model UN is because I know we will have a lot of new people come in. It’s also an opportunity for our travel team to get some practice.”

 

Seaton said an underlying purpose for the meetings was to expose the attendees to public speaking and possibly advance their communication skills.

 

“A lot of students come in kind of being afraid to speak,” she said. “So we want them gain public speaking skills because it’s really helpful with most jobs and situations.”

 

Tyler Libert, a freshman chemical engineering major, is the vice president of Model UN. He said the current meetings can act as building blocks toward the organization’s goal of attending official conferences in the future.

 

“These are mostly practice meetings before we go to larger conferences,” he said. “(The official conferences) may be national, regional or even international level conferences.”

 

Libert said he hopes the students attending the meetings gain interest in debate and possibly join the team.

 

“I hope (the students) get interested in debate as a whole,” he said. “I really hope it makes them want to come back to these meetings and start partaking more in debate as a whole. In doing so, I hope they might want to participate with the team eventually.”

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