Students Discuss Nuclear Weapons at United Nations

Students Discuss Nuclear Weapons at United Nations photo  thumbnail117658
Students Discuss Nuclear Weapons at United Nations photo 2 thumbnail117659
Students Discuss Nuclear Weapons at United Nations photo 3 thumbnail117660
Members of the Rye Neck Model United Nations team spent a day at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan on April 2, where they listened to delegates who discussed their positions concerning the Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons during a committee meeting in the Office for Disarmament Affairs. 

During their visit, the students heard speeches from the delegates, who demonstrated varying degrees of support for non-proliferation. They also met with Christopher King, a senior political affairs officer with the ODA, and engaged in meaningful conversation. 

“Our students discussed the history of nuclear proliferation and how proliferation is a more important subject in their lifetimes than in the past,” said Thomas Graziano, a social studies teacher and adviser of the Model UN Club. “As countries have looked to modernize their nuclear arsenals, it has led to clearer divisions in the world concerning those who support and have nuclear weapons and those who don't.” 

Graziano said the discussions in the UN concerning disarmament and weapons of mass destruction cannot be taken lightly.

“It is the future generation – our students – who will have to answer the question of nuclear proliferation in the future,” he said.