University of Calgary High School Model United Nations Conference is noted as the longest-standing conference and opportunity in Alberta for high school students to develop their interest in international policy, cooperation, and diplomacy. The conference brings together over high school students from across Alberta to participate in a two-day simulation of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Each student acts as a representative for their chosen country on one of the seven committees, chaired by university student volunteers who compete in the post-secondary conference circuit themselves. Students are pushed to understand the complexities of foreign policy, and each committee has a variety of subjects which challenge the students to understand current global issues, including topics from human rights to global health issues. Through the simulation, students participate in a formal and informal debate and gain skills in research, resolution writing, diplomatic negotiation, and most importantly, cooperation and communication. The conference is organized by undergraduate student volunteer staff, supervisory faculty Dr. Robert Huebert and Mark Baron, administrative officer Bonnie Walter, and a student Under-Secretary-General. UC-HSMUN is also assisted by the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Political Science, the Political Science Association, and the University of Calgary Model United Nations Team.
Growing by over a hundred delegates and over 10 schools in the past two years, UC-HSMUN is now home to over 500 delegates and almost 30 schools, and we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our High School coaches and partners, as well as the delegates themselves.