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Politics students win top UN award

Posted on 12/04/2012
The team receive the Outstanding Delegation award.

Students from Royal Holloway, University of London’s 2012 delegation to the National Model United Nations conference in New York are celebrating after winning the most prestigious award available to participants.

The 20-strong team from the Politics and International Relations Society, led by Alfie Jones and Carmen De Jong, walked away with the Outstanding Delegation award, a prize reserved for the top ten universities of the 200 who participated.

Maxwell Lacey and Jasmine El-Gabban, Royal Holloway delegates on the Organisation of American States committee, were voted the best delegation in their committee by their peers and also received an award for their position paper.

Royal Holloway represented Venezuela at the conference and, as part of their training prior to the conference, they visited the Venezuelan embassy to the UK in London as well as the Venezuelan Mission to the United Nations for a briefing about Foreign and Domestic Policy.

The conference is a very close simulation of the actual United Nations and, over five days, delegates work in committees that were set up to resemble their real-life UN counterparts as closely as possible, including the General Assembly, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Committee on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to name a few.

Over five days delegates made speeches, debated the issues at hand, and then drafted, amended and attempted to pass resolutions echoing the work of their respective UN bodies and committees. The level of the resolutions produced and the work of the students was of an extremely high level and reflected the six months of preparation and training the team underwent beforehand. Some of the final committee sessions were held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the resolutions passed by each committee was voted on by department and thus, simulated what a real-life United Nations voting procedure would be like.

Alfie Jones said: “Participation in the National Model United Nations simulation provides a unique educational experience and gives students the opportunity to get the first-hand experience in the world’s parliament and the feedback for the entire conference was overwhelmingly positive. Congratulations to everyone involved for an incredible victory and for enduring the week-long hard work.”



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