Posted on 30/04/2009
by Yvonne Jeffrey
Secretary, Politics and International Relations Society, 2009-10
NEW YORK, NY -- A group of students from Royal Holloway recently attended the National Model United Nations Conference. The conference is the culmination of yearlong preparation with meetings, research, writing and fund-raising.
After a welcome address from H.E. Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, the Conference began with a keynote speech in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations by H.E. Sir John Holmes. Holmes serves as the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and spoke about his extensive experience in the field. The UN leaders detailed the important work being done now with numerous UN initiatives including Millennium Development Goals, numerous peace-keeping missions worldwide, substantial Human Rights work and advancing global common goals including climate change, health, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation. Both also congratulated the delegates on their participation in NMUN, encouraging them to use their power to make a difference.
"Participation in this simulation represents a unique opportunity for delegates, faculty advisors, and staff alike," says Jennifer Spalding 2009 NMUN Secretary-General. "The numerous topics we discussed at NMUN 2009 are relevant in our increasingly interdependent global society. Working collaboratively with 4,000 college and university students from
five continents and 29 countries presents limitless opportunities for the development of new friendships, new ideas, and new ways of seeing the world."
The delegation from Royal Holloway attended representing the countries of Algeria and the Russian Federation, the latter winning the Outstanding Delegates in Committee Award. Students encountered their peers from around the world who shared their passion on issues like climate change and nonproliferation, debating proposals put forth to address these issues from the perspective of diplomats of their assigned country.
NMUN*NY 2009 brings more than 4,000 delegates from five continents to New York City in April. The conference focus includes more than 20 committees as well as a Security Council for unaffiliated delegates. Its sponsor, the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), has hosted similar experience-based educational programs that further the understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international problems for more than 40 years.
The NCCA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and non-governmental organization affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information. More information about the NCCA and its programs, biographies of key speakers and participants is available at our Web sites, www.collegiateconference.org and www.nmun.org.