In 1989, as part of its educational outreach, the Naples Council on World Affairs undertook to develop a program of academic enhancement in global issues for area high school students. The council decided that a Model United Nations program would be well suited to achieve this goal. Other World Councils across the United States had been sponsoring Model United Nations programs for forty years. Simulating the actual working of the United Nations, Model United Nations programs (MUNs) have four purposes:
In 1994 the NCWA sponsored and coordinated the first Southwest Florida Model United Nations Conference. Florida International University agreed to conduct the academic portion of the program in coordination with the Council. Public and private high schools in Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties were invited to join with Collier schools to participate in the First Southwest Florida Model United Nations conference. For the initial conference, ten high schools teams – a total of 80 students - from Collier, Lee and Charlotte accepted the invitation and participated. The number of students has grown to over 300 students now participating.
Model UN: Unmoderated Caucus
Since the initial Southwest Florida Model United Nations conference, NCWA has sponsored the event annually. Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is now providing the academic portion of the program and provides the facilities for the conference.
The link to the Model UN site managed by FGCU is http://www.fgcu.edu/modelun.
The SWFL MUN is overseen by the Board of Directors of the NCWA. The program has a Steering Committee of Council members, school administrators, teachers and interested individuals.
Model UN: Motion to Adjourn