Santa Margarita Catholic High School hosted the world’s largest one-day MUN conference on Saturday, Sept. 28, with nearly 1,500 students from over 30 high schools in attendance. Students from all over Southern California attended. Additionally, Jan Neruda Grammar School from Prague in the Czech Republic traveled to SMCHS to participate.
SM students Lyndsey Issa ’21 and Amanda Duffy ’21 organized the event. SOCOMUN is a chance for high school students to learn about the Model United Nations Program, which simulates the workings of the United Nations. Last week, the 74th session of the real United Nation's General Assembly convened in New York. As the real UN went back to business, so did student delegates at SMCHS.
The theme of this year's conference was "Learning from the Past, Leading the Future." At the conference, high school students serve as delegates discussing global issues such as no poverty, zero hunger and gender equality. The topics for the committees mirrored the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 implemented by the real United Nations. Following the conference, SM students delivered the leftover food to the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.