2019 New Jersey High School International Student Summit

Friday, December 13th, 2019
Registration Opens: Monday, September 16th

International Student Summit on Information and Democracy 

The 2019 International Student Summit on Information and Democracy will simulate a meeting of the Paris Peace Forum, an annual event that mobilizes stakeholders with the aim to place global governance at the top of the international agenda.  The forum will convene in December 2019, roughly one year after several democratic countries responded in favor of an International Declaration on Information and Democracy, created with the support of the international NGO, Reporters without Borders.  This meeting will take place under the collective pretense that a rising global crisis of trust in democracies, coupled with misinformation and disinformation in the digital age and a growing influence of anti-democratic regimes, is posing a major threat to integrity and security of the journalism field, global freedom, civil harmony, and world peace.  

The ultimate goal of the program is to create an International Pledge that renews commitment towards the right to exercise freedom of opinion and expression, and defines a set of objectives to be pursued in order to achieve the full realization of these freedoms in the technological and political context of the 21st century.

Nearly 100 high school student participants from select New Jersey high schools will represent both a country that ranks on the World Press Freedom Index and a stakeholder role that represents either government, media organizations, private-sector, or civil society.  Students will debate issues surrounding the global communication and information space within their breakout groups, discuss challenges and best practices, and will create a series of proposals that present creative solutions to this pressing global crisis. With their student assignment in mind, and using the principles set out in the International Declaration on Information and Democracy as a benchmark, the goal of the simulation will be to create an International Pledge among nations that responds to contemporary challenges, renews commitment towards the right to exercise freedom of opinion and expression, and defines a set of objectives to be pursued while taking account of the rights and interests of future generations.

If you have any questions about participation in the program, please reach out to Eric Bumbaca, Associate Director of Student Programs, at ebumbaca@wacphila.org or 215-561-4700 ext. 216.

Friday, December 13, 2019
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rutgers University-Camden