An Online Committee Drop-in Session
An opportunity to practice procedure and consensus building on important issues
NEW! FOR MS STUDENTS
MMUN is launching MMUN Drop-Ins a new way for students who would like to be involved in committee sessions to participate right now.
The MMUN Drop-Ins will be a one time 3.5 hour live online committee session, in which students may participate without a country, position paper, or opening speech.
The committee session will focus on creating a consensus resolution on current hot topics facing the world today. Each student will represent their own perspective on these issues and work to create solutions that everyone can agree to.
The students must come up with a name of an NGO that they will represent. It can be a real NGO or one they create. They have the choice to research this organization or only information on the topic and represent their own topics.
The committee session will be guided by MMUN Core Staff and take place online in a Zoom meeting.
September 4th 10 am – 1:30 pm EST
7th grade – 9th grade (possible exceptions for experienced motivated students by request)
The participants must register, pay, and provide this information by September 2nd to
· The name of their NGO (real or created by the student)
· Their position on the topic – one sentence up to a paragraph
· Their solution(s) on the topic – one sentence up to a paragraph
Our first topic will be:
COVID-19 and Misinformation
Key Questions to Consider:
What are the ways we are in danger from the current pandemic when it comes to misinformation?
How can we protect ourselves from misinformation locally? Regionally? Nationally? Globally?
How can we better provide information to keep people aware of the facts?
What tools can help people discern Information from Misinformation?
What steps can we take to determine bias in the media we are exposed to?
What are effective ways for experienced medical professionals to educate those who have not yet been exposed or are misinformed about COVID-19?
Coronavirus: The misinformation circulating in Africa about Covid-19
A message from the Secretary-General
Message on COVID-19 and Misinformation
New York, 14 April 2020
As the world fights the deadly COVID-19 pandemic – the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War – we are also seeing another epidemic — a dangerous epidemic of misinformation. Around the world, people are scared. They want to know what to do and where to turn for advice. This is a time for science and solidarity. Yet the global ‘misinfo-demic’ is spreading. Harmful health advice and snake-oil solutions are proliferating. Falsehoods are filling the airwaves. Wild conspiracy theories are infecting the Internet. Hatred is going viral, stigmatizing and vilifying people and groups. The world must unite against this disease, too. The vaccine is trust. First, trust in science. I salute the journalists and others fact-checking the mountain of misleading stories and social media posts. Social media companies must do more to root out hate and harmful assertions about COVID-19. Second, trust in institutions — grounded in responsive, responsible, evidence-based governance and leadership and trust in each other. Mutual respect and upholding human rights must be our compass in navigating this crisis. Together, let’s reject the lies and nonsense out there. Today I am announcing a new United Nations Communications Response initiative to flood the Internet with facts and science while countering the growing scourge of misinformation — a poison that is putting even more lives at risk. With common cause for common sense and facts, we can defeat COVID-19 — and build a healthier, more equitable, just and resilient world.
United Nations Secretary-General