The Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) is a student-governed conference where students represent various countries in the United Nations as ambassadors, debating issues varying from poverty and world hunger to nuclear arms and environmental concerns. Members come from across Kentucky to participate in the conference, the largest youth government conference in the United States.
The West Jessamine Y-Club represented South Africa in the Kentucky United Nations Assembly in Louisville from March 13-16. Members Jesse Seales, Jonathan Miller, Cale Canter and Sean Seagraves drafted a proposal that would extend the United Nations policy on sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace to public schools across the globe. The proposal was ratified almost unanimously by the ambassadors of KUNA.
Members Abbey Bowe and Jesse Bronaugh represented Russia and South Africa, respectively, in the KUNA Security Council discussing global issues such as Water Usage and the Crimean Conflict, and passed a proposal to give South Africa and other nations absolute veto power over the Security Council.
Members Nicole Fielder, Joe Bandy and Fabian Leon participated as ambassadors representing South Africa, debating issues like Sugar Cane Fuel Research and Water Purification.
Monica Alden and Gentry Fitch acted as Parliamentarians, keeping time, records and chamber doors. Cody Emberton was a Media Corps videographer, documenting debates and General Assemblies.
Awards were given to the proposal authors for the ratification of their proposal on sexual harassment. Cody Emberton was named next year’s Media Corps editor for outstanding camera work, and the club as a whole won outstanding delegation for participating in all events and showing remarkable leadership.
If you are a junior, sophomore or freshman passionate about issues affecting our world and want opportunities as a leader in your community, contact President Abbey Bowe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Cabrera (James.Cabrera@jessamine.kyschools.us). Meetings are held Fridays after school in Mr. Cabrera’s room.