Posted on 06/06/2011
Students from Royal Holloway, University of London proved to be masters in the art of diplomacy, negotiation and discussion at the National Model UN Conference in New York.
A 22 member team organized by the Politics and International Relations Student Society debated with 5,000 delegates from five continents at the annual conference at the UN Headquarters in New York City and walked away with the Distinguished Delegation award.
The conference engages students in discussions of current global issues, with this year’s delegates tasked with finding solutions to challenging international issues such as the implementation of the responsibility to protect and pomoting alternative development strategies to combat the world drug trade and other thought-provoking international matters.
The delegation debated in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, where remarkable leaders such as Kofi Annan and J.F. Kennedy addressed the International community with extremely pioneering speech.
The College has been sending teams to the MNUN Conference for the last six years, each year achieving even greater success. The 2008 and 2010 teams, representing Colombia and Mauritius respectively, received an Honourable Mention Awards, while two members of the 2009 team, representing Algeria and countries from the Russian Federation, received Outstanding Delegate in Committee awards. The 2011 team represented Zambia and Nigeria.
Dr Nathan Widder, Head of Department of Politics and International Relations, said: “For the first time in the history of the Politics and International Relations society, Royal Holloway students won the highly acclaimed Distinguished Delegation award, making it our most successful team yet.”
“The team’s accomplishment was a result of an intensive 16-week preparation programme for the conference where they learnt the Rules of Procedure, had intensive simulation debates and carried out extensive research.