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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

United Nations Day

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United Nations Day Celebration 2014
The UALR International Simulations Association invites local high schools to come celebrate United Nations Day annually on the UALR campus. This year’s U.N. Day celebration will take place on Friday, October 24. U.N. Day at UALR promises a day of fun and interactive learning for students. Events include mock United Nations sessions where students pretend to be actual U.N. ambassadors representing various countries, an essay contest, a presentation on a current event, and an international trivia contest.

This year we are proud to partner with the larger Discover UALR celebration. That means that this year lunch will be provided to your students and students will have an opportunity to take part in campus tours and other events, if they so choose. To sign your school up, please fill out the form below. For more information, please contact Joshua Thomsen at or (501) 683-7028.

Schedule of Events
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Registration
9:30 AM – 9:40 AM: Opening Statements
9:40 AM – 11:30 AM: Mock U.N. session
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Lunch
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM: International Issues Trivia Challenge
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Keynote Address
1:30 PM - 1:40 PM: Award Presentations and Closing Statements
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM: Optional Guided Campus Tours

Opening statements will be from UALR Professor of Political Science Dr. Rebecca Glazier and President of the International Simulations Association Nora Bouzihay. Keynote address by TBD. Students will be have the option of free lunch provided by Discover UALR. Lunch will be held in the Diamond Cafe dining area in the Donaghey Student Center.

Essay Contest
Students may choose to write an essay for a prize. Essays should answer the following question:

“What should the role of the United Nations be in post-conflict state-building?”

Essays must be 1,000 words long and turned in during registration. Prize will be awarded after the keynote address.

Here is last year’s winning essay:UN Day Essay 2013

Committee Sessions
Students will be randomly given a country to represent in a mock U.N. committee session. In this session, students will choose which topic to debate from the following:

  • Addressing the situation in Iraq
  • Addressing the situation in Ukraine
  • Addressing public health concerns in West Africa

  • History of United Nations Day
    In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared that the 24th of October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, “Shall henceforth be officially called ‘United Nations Day’ and shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations…” (A/RES/168(II)). In 1971 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution (A/RES/2782(XXVI)) declaring that United Nations Day “…shall be an international holiday and recommends that it should be observed as a public holiday by all States Members of the United Nations.” In the U.S., United Nations Day has been recognized annually each year since 1947 via a presidential proclamation. The most recent of such may be found here.

    What is the International Simulations Association?
    The “ISA” is a student organization at UALR that participates in Model United Nations and Model Arab League. ISA competes in the Collegiate Model UN conference in Russellville, Arkansas; the Bilateral Model Arab League conference in Houston, Texas; and the National Model Arab League conference in Washington D.C. As a service to Arkansas high schools, ISA chairs a committee at the Arkansas Model UN conference, hosts the annual UN Day celebration at UALR and hosts the UALR High School Model Arab League conference. For more information on ISA contact the faculty advisor Dr. Rebecca Glazier at

    Updated 8.11.2014