Young people to debate global issues at City Chambers

High School pupils from across Eastern Scotland will take part in a model united Nations conference at the City Chambers tomorrow.

Edinburgh's St Thomas of Aquin's school will take part and each school will send a delegation of six pupils to represent their allocated country.  

Pupils have researched their country's position in relation to issues such as ID cards, policing disarmament, the future of nuclear power and on whether capitalism has run its course. Each delegation will submit draft resolutions and discuss and debate them. Each school has also been invited to send another pupil to attend as a journalist who will be able to report on the event for the school.

Cllr David Beckett, Deputy Children & Families Leader, said: 

"Edinburgh is internationally renowned as a centre of politics so it's fantastic that we have the opportunity to host the Model UN conference.  The young people involved will debate important subjects that affect us all and I'm confident that it will equip them with skills that they wil be able to use in later life."
"The event provides an exciting opportunity for young people to participate in public speaking, to debate and negotiate about real issues of global importance, while learning about the structure and procedures of the United Nations."
The event takes place tomorrow at from 9-3 in the main debating chamber.

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