Eden Prairie resident Abdeljabar Sharif poses for a photo with 11
other students at the Model U.N. Conference in New York.
(Submitted photo courtesy of Farrah Osman)

Eden Prairie residents represent Somalia at Model UN Conference

Eden Prairie resident Abdeljabar Sharif was recognized at the Intermediate District 287 Board meeting June 25 in Plymouth. At only 17, Sharif, a junior at West Education Center Academy under the WALT program, is already a world leader. Last month he represented Somalia at the International Model United Nations Conference in New York where, for the first time in 45 years, Somalia was represented.

The International Model U.N. Conference brings together students from more than 20 countries to discuss diverse and pressing international issues. According to the press release, Sharif was selected for the role after competing with six male and six female peers and practicing for more than six months in mock arguments. Upon arrival at the conference, he underwent two intense training days at the UN headquarters, reviewing rules and preparing for the general assembly debates.