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High schoolers attend UN conference

Bermudian students were in New York this week as part of a UN Conference on the impact of the internet

A total of 24 students from Warwick Academy, CedarBridge Academy, Mount St Agnes, Berkeley Institute and Saltus attended the 35th annual United Nations International School (UNIS) UN Conference, on March 3 and 4.

The UNIS-UN Organising Committee is made up of high school students. They not only organise the conference, but put together the Working Paper a compilation of articles regarding the selected topic and is handed out to all participating students.

Guest speakers will address and interact with the gathered students over the two days, discussing various aspects of this year's theme, 'The Web: Wiring our World'.

The focus of discussion was net neutrality, which is the idea that all content on the internet should be free and equally accessible, and that regulations or additional fees stifle innovation.

Some however argue against net neutrality, and that internet servers providers should have the right to charge web site operators for faster access to their sites or the use of certain applications.

In past years, speakers have included Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary General Kofi Annan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actors Danny Glover and Vanessa Redgrave and documentarian Morgan Spurlock.

Students present represent 48 schools in 19 nations, including Spain, Morocco, Ghana and Japan.

This year is the first that the event has featured a day for cultural exchange.

On Wednesday, the students shared their perspectives and insight, and took part in cultural performances in the Sylvia H Fuhrman Auditorium at UNIS headquarters, with students performing dances, acting out skits and playing music.

Useful website: www.unis-un.org

Seventeen of the 24 students who represented Bermuda at the United Nations International School's annual conference this week are shown in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York City.

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Published March 05, 2011 at 1:00 pm (Updated March 05, 2011 at 1:26 pm)

High schoolers attend UN conference

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