St-pierre kicks off the 20th edi­tion of UN sim­u­la­tion

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

Que­bec Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and La Fran­co­phonie, Chris­tine St-pierre, launched the 20th edi­tion of the Sim­u­la­tion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly (SAGNU) of Estrie high schools at the Sher­brooke Golf Club last week. She took the op­por­tu­nity to high­light the civic com­mit­ment of the hun­dred or so high school stu­dents in the Town­ships who took on the chal­lenge of be­ing a diplo­mat for a day.

In­dige­nous peo­ples and cli­mate change

This year, the young peo­ple adopted res­o­lu­tions con­cern­ing the cul­tural rights of in­dige­nous peo­ples, as well as the fight against cli­mate change to pro­mote food se­cu­rity. In or­der to dis­cuss th­ese in­ter­na­tional is­sues, the stu­dents at­tended sev­eral train­ing work­shops pre­pared by the Car­refour de sol­i­dar­ité in­ter­na­tionale (CSI) and the École de poli­tique ap­pliquée at the Univer­sité de Sher­brooke, the two or­ga­niz­ers be­hind the sim­u­la­tion.

Sim­u­la­tion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly

SAGNU is an ac­tiv­ity cre­ated dur­ing Québec’s In­ter­na­tional Sol­i­dar­ity Days and is fi­nan­cially sup­ported by the Min­istry of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and La Fran­co­phonie, the Que­bec As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agen­cies, and Global Af­fairs Canada.

The Car­refour de sol­i­dar­ité in­ter­na­tionale (CSI)

The CSI is an in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished in Sher­brooke that car­ries out de­vel­op­ment projects with com­mu­ni­ties in the South. It also works to raise aware­ness among the Estrie pub­lic on is­sues of sol­i­dar­ity and cit­i­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion.

"Although it's only a sim­u­la­tion, the chal­lenges are real, St-pierre said. “In ad­di­tion to al­low­ing th­ese young peo­ple to learn about and de­bate global is­sues, sim­u­la­tion of­fers them a re­al­is­tic ex­pe­ri­ence of com­mit­ment and sol­i­dar­ity. It is one of the ob­jec­tives of the Global Cit­i­zen­ship Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram to raise aware­ness among Que­beck­ers of in­ter­na­tional sol­i­dar­ity in or­der to iden­tify val­ues and be­hav­iours that con­trib­ute to the cre­ation of a more in­clu­sive, sus­tain­able and just world. Who knows, maybe some of th­ese par­tic­i­pants could be the diplo­mats of to­mor­row.”

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