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Model United Nations Roleplay to Realize Rights in our Communities, Cities, Countries & Global Civil Society

Offer opportunity to learn about our human rights as well as 2030 Agenda & Paris Agreements through film festival and roleplay

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  • Teacher

Tell us about your idea

University of Hawai'i and Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights are partnering with local chapters to create Model United Nations covering multiple areas of interest to involve youth in Hawai'i but also ripple across the Pacific to California and to Pacific Island nations neighbors.  The program will offer multiple opportunities to engage youth in roleplays. One will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Voluntary Local Review allowing youth to provide excellent examples of each Global Goal in their communities then sharing pressing problems and explore together first steps to change conditions and then scalable solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda and Aloha+ Challenge. The MUN will also cover the Paris Agreement on its 5th anniversary focusing on the Nationally Determined Contributions. There will also be a World Health Assembly considering what preventative practices to follow for pandemics and a human rights based approach. There will also be a UN SDG Short Film Series Festival during the MUN. Indigenous peoples rights are important so will also do a MUN PFII or EMRIP

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Inability of those on neighbor islands or remote locations to participate. The roleplay allows for all everywhere to learn about human rights

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

Want youth to have opportunities to learn about how they can participate and make an impact in our islands and around the world. 

What region are you located in?

  • Oceana

Where are you located?

O'ahu, Hawai'i is an island bringing together cultures of the world.


Join the conversation:

Photo of Naman Mandhan

Thank you for sharing your idea, Joshua Cooper ! Welcome to the Challenge!

I'm curious to hear your thoughts around how this idea may help supplement current teaching/learning methods. How could your idea be scaled to become a part of learning curriculums and are there potential interactions with other courses/subjects?

Photo of Joshua Cooper

Aloha. Great to hear from you. We are currently partnering with high schools in Hawai'i. It can be scaled easily with more university professors connecting and coordinating MUN across their courses as well as reach out to other faculty in our state of Hawai'i, the Pacific region and even globally