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Politics students selected to join US Leadership Tour

Monday, 30 January 2017 10:38am

Image of Sophie RossImage of Meghan Stewart-WardIn just a few days, two BA (Politics) students, Meghan Stewart-Ward (pictured on the left) and Sophie Ross (on the right), will be winging their way to the USA, as part of the UN Youth US Leadership Tour. The Tour includes taking part in the world’s largest, oldest and most prestigious model UN conference – the Harvard National Model United Nations (MNMUN).

To apply, Meghan and Sophie were required to write a submission on why they were motivated to apply and what they believed they would gain from the Tour. Shortlisted applicants were then interviewed and Meghan, Sophie and 12 other New Zealand students were selected. Of the 3,000 delegates, half are from the USA and half from all over the world.

The New Zealand delegation is representing India.

Meghan has been allocated a place on the Commission on the Status of Women, an ECOSOC Committee. This committee will be discussing gender inequality in the workplace and violence against women, both very big issues and ones that are extremely relevant to India at the moment.

Sophie, who is also studying towards an LLB, has been allocated a place on the Special Summit on Sustainable Development. This summit will discuss development after health crises (ebola case study), and the role of international organisations in a post structural adjustment world.

Both students have been busy researching India’s position on these issues to work out which solutions India would be likely to agree with and what it would like to see included in a resolution.

The Tour is from 2 February to 3 March, with delegates visiting San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston and New York, with a stopover in Honolulu before returning home.

Both Meghan and Sophie are eagerly awaiting their departure, and are incredibly grateful for the heart-warming response to their fundraising efforts.

We look forward to hearing how their UN adventure goes!


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Interested in being involved in something similar? Sophie and Meghan found out about the opportunity through their involvement in the University of Otago Student Leadership Award.