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