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REF NO.: 145

SUBJECT: World leaders to debate at Memorial University

DATE: Feb. 16

Note to editors:

On Feb. 23 and 24 over 250 high school students will come together at Memorial's St. John's campus to debate world issues as part of the Model United Nations. Coming from schools in St. John's and surrounding area, participating grade 10, 11 and 12 students will assume the role of delegates representing various countries, and work as teams to effectively communicate their respective positions and views.

Ambassadors from each country will discuss UN reform, drug trafficking and drug trade, infectious diseases and outbreaks, debt for nature swaps, conventional weapons, and even take part in a session of the International Court of Justice debating over a border dispute.

The General Assembly, being the major element of the two-day event, will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 23, and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in room S-2109, located in Memorial's Science Building. There will be several photo opportunities including the presentation of the Dr. Gunther Hartman Award to the best delegation at the final plenary General Assembly on Tuesday. Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives.

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