Posted on 27/04/2010
by Monika Milinauskyte
President, Politics and International Relations Society, 2009-2010
NEW YORK, NY – a group of students from Royal Holloway, University of London recently participated along with 5,000 peers from 340 schools on five continents in the 2010 National National Model United Nations-NY (NMUN-NY) conference.
Opening Ceremony remarks were given by H.E. Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information along with H.E. Mr. Francisco Carrión Mena, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations (Sheraton venue) and H.E. Ms. Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Marriott venue).
Mr. Akasaka shared his own experiences as a Model UN student and encouraged the delegates to dream big and work to achieve those dreams. Ambassador Carrión spoke on the important role of the United Nations and the need for youth participation to achieve future goals. Ambassador Rice extolled the United Nations as “the only institution where 192 nations come together, the way you have today, to advance global security and solve collective problems. At its best, the UN bolsters security, helps to rebuild shattered societies, lays the foundations of democracy and development, and establishes conditions in which people can live in greater dignity and mutual respect.”
The young delegates were encouraged by the dignitaries to become responsible global citizens and to step up to help lead the United States and the world by working hard to understand the complexities of international relations and the interconnected world that they are inheriting.
The welcome by the dignitaries introduced four days of intense debate. Delegates arrive at the conference with months of rigorous academic preparation on conference topics. The NMUN-New York Conference is held every year in March or April.
The 18-student delegation from Royal Holloway represented Republic of Mauritius in the conference and received the Honorable Mention award. Students acted as diplomats of their assigned country in the committees of General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, International Atomic Energy Agency, African Union, Committee for Development Policy and Commission for Sustainable Development. Committee debates involved topics such as climate change, nuclear non-proliferation, education, limiting the impact of HIV and AIDS in Africa. Delegates collaborated with other representatives within their committees in order to collectively address current global issues and create effective resolutions.
Participation in the National Model United Nations simulation provides a unique educational experience and gives an opportunity to get the first-hand experience in the world’s parliament. It has been the 5th year of successful participation in the conference which became the major tradition and one of the biggest events organized by the PIRSoc. The recruitment of the delegation for the 2011 NMUN conference starts next academic year, in October.
The conference is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and non-governmental organization affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information. More information about the NMUN is available at its website www.nmun.org.