35th MOAS FOR HIGH SCHOOLS:
Students from the United States, Central and South America and the Caribbean will be representing 31 OAS Member States in the upcoming 35th MOAS for High Schools, which runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. About 340 students will be addressing important issues facing the Americas. Most of the representatives will be from U.S. high schools, but there will be students from Jamaica, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Colombia, St. John’s, Puerto Rico and Ecuador.
Thirty-one of the 34 active Organization of American States members will have a voice. Each committee will tackle topics related to what’s going on in the Americas. The students are going to work on a declaration on the topic of hemispheric commitment to promote women’s leadership at economic, social and political levels. They also will discuss the peace process in Colombia and deal with information and communication technologies, natural disaster preparedness, cybersecurity and online protection. More about this Model
SIXTH MOAS UNINORTE:
Sixth Model OAS General Assembly (VI MOEA) for students of the Colombian
Caribbean, organized jointly with Universidad del Norte (UNINORTE) of
Barranquilla, Colombia, ended on September 23rd, 2016.
Offered in Spanish, this Model brought together 368 high school students from the Caribbean region and 62 university students. The 34 active OAS Member States were represented by delegations of students. Two delegations from international universities participated for the first time in this Model: ESAN University of Peru and the American University of Nicaragua.
In the different commissions students addressed key issues affecting the region, such as the peace process in Colombia, migration, gender equality, youth and organized crime, and climate change, among others. More information...
ABOUT THE MOAS
The MOAS for students of the Hemisphere, is a program of the Organization of American States (OAS), designed to promote democratic values among the youth of the Hemisphere by familiarizing students, faculty and academic institutions of the Americas with the work of the OAS and its Member States, as well as with the Organization’s role as the premier political forum in the Hemisphere. The MOAS is a simulation exercise where, through role-playing, students represent the diplomats and political officials of the Member States of the OAS and follow parliamentary proceedings to debate and approve resolutions dealing with current issues on the Inter-American agenda. The Models foster the development of leadership skills in youth such as negotiation, team-work and problem solving.
The MOAS program seeks to reach out to as many students as possible through the organization of model assemblies in any of the OAS Member States. Each year approximately 1500 students and 100 teachers from throughout the Hemisphere participate in the following MOAS: MOAS for universities, MOAS for high schools and for OAS Interns. The latter is an official activity of the OAS Internship Program.
In addition, universities in the Hemisphere have developed a rich course curriculum based on the MOAS, to teach Inter-American issues, Multilateral/International Relations, Diplomacy, International Organizations, and the Inter-American System, among others, and to prepare students for participation in the MOAS.