Over 1,400 middle school delegates attended the Global Classrooms International Middle School MUN Conference (GCIMS) from April 11-13 at the New York Grand Hyatt and the United Nations.
Delegates from grades 5-8 came from New York, New Jersey, and around the world, including China and Ghana. This year’s Secretary-General’s Award went to MS54.
GCIMS was led by Secretary-General Anthony Maraschino of Marist College. The staff comprised college students from various universities, including Seton Hall, Columbia, and NYU. The conference featured 12 committees, including the World Tourism Organization, UN Women, and UN HABITAT.
GCIMSMUN is a program of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Throughout the conference, delegates were encouraged to get involved in international affairs and make a difference in the world. Guest speakers from the UN visited the conference to speak about the Arms Trade Treaty, women’s rights, environmental issues, and the protection of children. And by attending the conference, all delegates and staff were offered a free UNA-USA membership to help them get started in teaching others about the United Nations at their schools and communities.
Congratulations to all delegates, advisors, and staff on a successful conference! And a huge thank you to Troy Wolfe, Monika Johnson, and Jill Ruchala for having me visit!