Click HERE for the UNESCO topic guide. 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization pursues peace through the unity of human morals and reason in five major program areas: education, the natural sciences, the social/human sciences, culture, and communication/information. UNESCO wants to bring nations together by mobilizing for education, building intercultural understanding, pursuing scientific cooperation, and protecting freedom of expression.

Topics

Topic A: Preserving Traditional Medical Knowledge

The erosion of traditional medical knowledge through globalization and exploitation diminishes indigenous and minority identities as well as the validity of their practices, calling for a global effort to protect scientific information and their source communities. UNESCO’s primary objectives are to recognize, document, and preserve this knowledge for the benefit of the native peoples and the international community.

Topic B: Expanding Media Pluralism

To ensure that democracy, diversity, the freedom of speech, and the ability to express one’s culture are available on a digital platform, it is imperative to create a safe and pluralistic cyberspace. Understanding the complex relationships between corporations, political organizations, media outlets and genres, and independent users is essential in creating an efficient resolution.

Topic C: Teaching Digital Literacy

Without an internationally successful and accessible pedagogy for educating students on digital literacy, which is necessary for integration into the workforce and post-school life, digital illiteracy is emerging as a potential crisis. To combat, UNESCO must develop a plan for the integration of technology into schools and the creation of a stronger and more specific pedagogy.

 

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Keegan McCarthy, UNESCO Chair

unesco@shsmun.org

1. ) Why do you participate in Model UN?

Model UN is an opportunity for students to use empathetic and logical abilities to resolve important issues that parallel those in international politics. I strongly believe that this conference is the absolute best way to prepare for foreign service and political science due to the rigorous research and debate it demands. Although it is serious and exhausting, participating in SHSMUN is the most fun I've ever had; the experiences and friendships that are created are lifelong and unforgettable.

2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?

Potato candy. Unusual, tasty, and obnoxiously sweet.

3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?

I don't think I can pick out a favorite memory. All of the experiences I've had at SHSMUN are personally valuable in various ways. However, I do love hanging out with people I might not normally hang out with.

4.) If your life was a book what would the title be?

"Wild"

5.)What's your favorite quote?

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny” - C.S. Lewis