About the Model UNGASS
At this year’s biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Students for Sensible Drug Policy will host a simulation of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. This simulation, which will be formatted similar to a typical Model UN, will serve as a way for students to become familiar with the ins and outs of global drug policy reform during the months leading up to (the real) UNGASS, which will be held from April 19-21 in New York City.
By engaging students on a participatory level, Model UNGASS will serve as a platform for SSDP to amplify the voices of youth drug policy reformers. Aside from amplifying the youth voice, Model UNGASS will provide SSDP members with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the broad spectrum of drug policies around the world, analyze policies comparatively and objectively, and examine the various cultural factors that influence domestic policies. Not unlike the UNGASS itself, the simulation will demonstrate the ways drug policy directly relates to other issues of international importance, including human rights, public health, sustainable development, and security issues.
Registration for Model UNGASS is now open! In order to register, please do the following:
- Review the Master List of Committees and Countries and choose which committee you would like to participate in. Then, select a country from that committee.
- Fill out this Google Form to indicate your selection to us.
- Complete a Country Position Brief on your country and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 13th, 2015.
If you would like some help with research for your country position brief, feel free to contact email@example.com.
Participants will also be required to attend at least one online training webinar that will go over standard Model UN procedures. The dates of these trainings are TBD, but will be conducted throughout October and November.
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