Application for Geneva International Model United Nations 2015 Conference

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Pace University student Jackie Kelleher ’15 representing Venezuela in a simulation of the Human Rights Council at the 2014 Geneva International Model UN conference. Photo courtesy of GIMUN.

Pace University’s New York City Model UN program is planning to help cover the costs of between seven and 15 students (depending on final budget approval, the number of eligible applicants and costs of flights) who wish to attend the Geneva International Model United Nations conference, held at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 4-12 March, 2016. The conference will be held in simultaneously in both English and French (with translation between the two working languages).

Unlike with most Model UN conferences, GIMUN reserves the final right to choose which students can participate. As a result all applications will need to be approved by both Pace and GIMUN itself. Pace MUN students will travel together and stay together, accompanied by the MUN faculty advisor, Dr. Matthew Bolton and another faculty/staff member. However, they will participate in their own delegations, not necessarily alongside other Pace students.

Pending final approval from the administration, Pace University will cover much of the cost of participation, including conference fees, flights and internal transportation and housing. However, participants accepted to go on the trip will need to make a contribution of around $400-500 (exact amount to be determined), plus any passport, visa, medical or vaccination costs you need to be able to travel and your own food and entertainment costs.

To download an application form, click here. Note that there are eligibility restrictions on this opportunity, so please read through the document carefully. Please submit your application forms to the Pace NYC MUN program by email (mbolton@pace.edu) by 14 December 2015 at noon at the latest (late or paper submissions will not be accepted).

To learn about previous Pace University students’ experiences at GIMUN, click here for 2012 and here for 2014.

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Working In, For and Around the UN

 

The Pace University New York City Model United Nations program hosted a UN careers panel on Monday 16 November, featuring Alexandra Hiniker of PAX, Greg Dempsey of Canada’s UN Permanent Mission, Lorey Campese of the UK Mission and Chanda Daniels, a current student who is interning with the Control Arms coalition.

The event was co-sponsored by the Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, Non-Profit Studies and Peace and Justice Studies programs; Career Services and the Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship. It opened with a join presentation on careers in, for and around the UN, from Dr. Matthew Bolton, Model UN adviser, and Dr. Emily Bent of Women’s and Gender Studies and Non-Profit Studies. Read their slide presentation here.

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Alumni Reflection: “Becoming a Head Delegate was definitely one of my proudest moments”

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Pace University student Shade Quailey ’15 representing Italy in a simulation of the Human Rights Council at the 2014 Geneva International Model UN conference.

This blog post is from Shade Quailey ’15, a Head Delegate of the Pace University New York City Model United Nations program who graduated this May. It reflects on what she learned about herself and the world in her time as a Model UNer. We are very grateful for her leadership of the program, along with her fellow Head Delegates, last year.

My participation with the Model UN program impacted my academic career immensely both inside and outside of the classroom. When I first switched my major to Political Science during the summer before my junior year, one of the first courses I registered for was POL 303A: International Organization (Model UN). I was told this course would be difficult and that I should wait a semester, but I was up for the challenge. Switching majors and taking an upper level course during indeed a challenge, but it was one I never regretted.

Now that I have graduated, it brings me both joy and sadness to reflect upon the past two years. Joy, because I am grateful and happy to have had this experience. Sadness because, simply, it has come to an end. I have learned so much about diplomacy, international relations, the UN, the countries both the team and myself represented, and most importantly, myself. Coming in as a freshman I would have never imagined becoming a Political Science major or participating in the Model UN team, but they have both happened and I am graduating happier than I would have been had I not followed my interests and passions.

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12 Tips on Taking Care of Yourself During Model UN Conferences

Taking Care of Yourself BuzzfeedIn preparing for the 2015 National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC, the Pace NYC Model UN Head Delegates have created this Buzzfeed list with advice on taking care of yourself during a Model UN conference. For more in-depth advice, read our handbook article on how to prepare.

– By Priya Sakaria’17, Jennifer Diaz ’16 and Lindita Capric ’15

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Top 10 Tips on Delivering a Good Model UN Speech

Speeches BuzzfeedIn preparing for the 2015 National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC, the Pace NYC Model UN Head Delegates have created this Buzzfeed list with advice on how to give good Model UN speeches. For more in-depth advice, read our handbook article on how to prepare Model UN speeches.

– By Priya Sakaria’17, Jennifer Diaz ’16 and Lindita Capric ’15

 

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Pace University Hosts Conference on Crisis Advocacy

Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigners Consider Challenges of Conflicts in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Israel/Palestine and Ukraine

 

Almost 100 aid workers, activists, academics and advocates from around the world met at Pace University 17 to 18 October for the Fourth Annual Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Forum to discuss how raise awareness of and change policies affecting some of the world’s most devastating conflicts.

“The Humanitarian Disarmament Forum was one of the best experiences I have had since I transferred to Pace,” said Yousra Bashir ‘16, one of 11 Pace students who staffed the conference as volunteers and interns. “Having the opportunity to hear practitioners of international politics speak about their work first hand was very enlightening and helped me with my preparations for Model UN.”

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Head Delegate Selection Fall 2015

There is one (1) opening for the position of head delegate for the Pace University New York City Model United Nations program, starting in Spring 2016. For more information, please download this information packet and application.

Both current and past Model UN students are welcome to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements listed in the information packet. If you wish to apply, you must turn in your application form by midnight Friday 20 November 2015 by email to mbolton@pace.edu

The candidates who are eligible to run will then give speeches and answer questions from the Model UN participants during the class session (6.10-9pm) on Monday 23 November 2015, when we will also hold our ballot. The top candidates in the election will be interviewed over the following week.

If you have further questions about this process please contact Dr. Matthew Bolton, faculty adviser, mbolton@pace.edu, 212 346 1828

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