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United Nations Trip

Posted on: 30th May 2017

This week eight students participated in a visit to the Palais des Nations, the historical home of the League of Nations and today, the United Nations office in Geneva. The group comprised of our Model United Nations Club, run by Liberal Arts student Valeria Pacifici, along with the Liberal Arts International Relations class. On arrival at the UN, the girls were confronted with the sculpture of the “Chair with the Broken Leg” by the Swiss artist Daniel Berset. This unusual sculpture is a reference to the Ottawa Treaty and reminds us of the dangers of landmines worldwide. Inside the UN, the students were very excited to see gifts from their own countries to the UN. Unfortunately, due to a conference, we were not permitted inside the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room—although the students were thrilled and excited to see the conference in session— and it did not stop the students from bending down to have a peak at the beautifully crafted ceiling of the chamber.

The girls were also given the opportunity to sit in the Assembly Hall and get a sense of what it is like at a United Nations session. As part of the tour, they had the opportunity to see where the League of Nations disarmament conference took place in the 1930s, which really helped to bring our study of the history of the League of Nations to life. The girls were also in awe of our inspirational guide who spoke an impressive six languages. An all-round enjoyable trip to the home of human rights and diplomacy that seemed to genuinely inspire the group.

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