The University of Houston-Downtown expects about 50 local students to convene at the first United Nations Association, Houston Chapter, summit on climate change at the “Road to Copenhagen-Model United Nations Global Classroom,” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the UHD Academic Building, Room A405, 1 Main St.
Organizers chose the theme because of Houston’s focus on energy industries and the effect it creates on the environment and global economic development. The day-long event is a simulation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Dec. 7-18.
“Climate change issues that the United Nations is addressing will ultimately affect Houston and the city’s economy,” said Lloyd Jacobson, executive director of the UN Association, Houston Chapter. “This Houston conference will help students analyze the big issues that will eventually have a big effect on their future.”
In the morning workshops, students will develop and sharpen their abilities in research, treaty and resolution writing, negotiation skills and parliamentary procedure. Students will work in teams that represent different countries. Debate and presentations will take place in afternoon sessions.
The award-winning UHD Model United Nations team will host the event. The UHD team has competed successfully in Model United Nations conferences in Mexico City, Paris, New York City and Seattle.
For more information about the conference, visit the Web site at http://unahouston.org/upcoming-events-a-activities/139-road-to-copenhagen.