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The Lehigh University-United Nations Partnership, in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO), hosted North America's first in-person and hybrid Model ILO simulation.

The Lehigh University/United Nations Partnership, in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Lafayette College, hosted North America's first hybrid Model ILO simulation on April 22, 23 and 24, 2022.
This event challenged participants to simulate an ILO deliberation on the topic of “Just Transition: From Fossil Fuels to Green Energy.” While representing and negotiating with various workers groups, employers, and governments, participants will directly engage with senior ILO officials and students from around the world.

Participants were required to:
  • Participate in 2-3 virtual training sessions with ILO Officials

  • Read ILO designated background papers on the topic

  • Write a 1-page Position Paper pertaining to your designated role

  • Attend the orientation from 2:00 to 5:00 on Friday, April 22, and the simulation from 9 am - 4 pm on Saturday, April 23, and from 9 am - 1 pm on Sunday, April 24

  • The total time commitment is expected to be approximately 20 hours.

Program Benefits were:

  • Put “Participated in Model ILO Conference” on your resume

  • Engage directly with senior ILO officials, including the Executive Director of the ILO North America

  • Build debating, negotiation, and leadership skills

  • Meet a diverse group of students interested in international labor and sustainability issues

  • Learn a lot more about the Just Transition

Top position papers,

as assessed by faculty and ILO officials, are posted below.

Best Position Paper Awards go to:

Employers - El Salvador and Egypt 

Workers  - Turkey, Indonesia and Pakistan

Governments - Indonesia, Kenya, Egypt

We graciously thank the Leadership Team and Staff

Areeb Atheeque, Co-Chair, Lafayette

Sarah Bonthuis, Lehigh

Steven Escobar Mendez, Co-Vice Chair, Lehigh

Amira Figueroa Urrutia, Co-Coordinator, Lafayette

Zoe Gelber, Co-Vice Chair, Lafayette

William Hollier, Co-Coordinator, Lehigh

Hasan Jashari, Co-Chair, Lehigh

Hareem Khattak, Co-Vice Chair, Lehigh

Matwos Tadesse, Co-Vice Chair, Lafayette


Ava Florczak, Design Intern, Lehigh

Caleb Gallemore Co-Director, Lafayette

Bill Hunter, Co-Director, Lehigh

Elena Reiss, Program Support, Lehigh

Deb Rubart, Logistics Manager, Lehigh