Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 3, 2013

For the last ten years, the Department of State and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) have partnered for the annual Global Classrooms D.C. Model United Nations Conference. This year’s event will be held at the Department on May 7, and will feature a keynote address by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources.

Forty-three schools will be represented at this year’s conference, with the majority of students coming from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but also featuring a delegation from Ghana. Through the Global Classrooms program, middle and high school students and teachers participate in year-round activities to help them understand the UN system, increase their knowledge of other cultures and traditions, improve their ability to think analytically and creatively, and tackle global problems collectively.

State Department volunteers work with many of the participating schools during the year to support those activities. The May 7 event is the culmination of the year’s preparations, and includes simulated member state presentations, negotiations on draft resolutions, etc. Please visit the UNA-NCA website for more information on this unique program.

For press inquiries, contact Megan Mattson at 202-647-6393 or

PRN: 2013/0511