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ASU Model United Nations celebrates 63rd anniversary of UN founding with special panel discussion.

October 22, 2007

To commemorate the 63rd Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, Arizona State University's Model UN student organization will host a panel discussion entitled, "The United Nations: Human Rights and International Security.”

The discussion will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Memorial Union’s Turquoise Room (208-F), located at the Tempe campus. Dr. Richard Ashley from the ASU Political Science Department is the guest speaker.

“The United Nations is, in our increasingly globalized world, uniquely well suited to deal with questions of human rights and international security – both transnational issues,” says Johnathon Nelson, ASU Model UN alumni representative. “The UN day panel is one way to learn about the role of this organization, which thankfully, requires little travel time.”

“This event better informs the public about the UN’s role in international affairs than they would receive otherwise through local or national media,” says Nahian Taha, ASU Model UN vice president. “Our panel discussion is one of the few opportunities in Arizona for the general public to gain a better understanding of how the UN works in dealing with human rights and international security problems – subjects often overlooked by most American observers of international affairs.”

As America becomes increasingly globalized, a wider international perspective helps build bridges of understanding and cooperation.

“With global communication, business and political affairs, six billion people are becoming closer neighbors each day. We’re helping to spread awareness of this reality to students, faculty and alumni alike,” says John Schaller, ASU Model UN president.

ASU Vice President for Global Engagement, Anthony (Bud) Rock concurs. “Learning, research and scholarship at ASU know no geographical borders,” says Rock.

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The ASU Model United Nations is an international policy debate team and global awareness-raising organization that seeks to compete in Model United Nations conferences worldwide, and to educate the general public and ASU students about global affairs and the United Nations. The ASU Model UN is not directly affiliated with the United Nations, and is not a political organization. The organization welcomes members with diverse backgrounds and political views.