UNIS/UN host an annual conference relating to a contemporary global issue. They invite expert and engaging speakers that are well versed on the global topic and who present to an audience of 700 high school students from International Schools from 5 continents. For the past 42 years it has been held in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
To the end of promoting global awareness and cross-culturalism, the annual themes are always ones of global importance. Over three hundred students from all over the world are invited to attend in addition to the upper classes at the United Nations International School.
This year’s conference topic is 'Ripple Effect: The Water Crisis'. Water is central to the wellbeing of people and the planet. The availability of safe water and adequate sanitation is changing worldwide. Without effective management of our water resources, we risk intensifying disputes between communities and increasing tensions among nations. The 2019 UNIS-UN conference will examine the role of water in relation to sustainability and geopolitics, investigating how growing demands, climate change, and increasing pollution are affecting water security. In addition, it will consider the political and economic implications of mass migration due to flooding and drought, innovative solutions in cleaning up the ocean, and the consequences of ice melts in the Arctic on trade and travel.
This year Saltus has 8 SGY 1 students (Noa Sadeh, Kennedy Durfy, Ellie Dunleavy, India Paynter, Nuno Rebelo, Scott Gilbertson, Zach Bucher and Ritz Wong) and 2 teacher chaperones (Ms. Habib and Ms. McArthur) attending the conference in NYC. They will be participating in the discussions and the workshops and as well as some sightseeing in New York City.