Delegate Reflection: Learning to Respond to Crises in Model UN

Pace student Oleh Puryshev in the United Nations General Assembly Room during the 2015 National Model UN conference in New York City.

Pace student Oleh Puryshev in the United Nations General Assembly Room during the 2015 National Model UN conference in New York City.

During this year’s National Model United Nations conference in New York City (NMUN NY), I represented the Republic of Rwanda in a simulation of the UN Security Council, along with my delegation partner Annie Stishov ‘18.

The committee mostly consisted from international students with only two states represented by American colleges. Every participant shared an interesting background of their own with specific political views on the topics. The committee was relatively small with only 15 member states (Permanent Five members and 10 selected states) and was the only one that dealt with simulated crises in real time.

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Delegate Reflection: Model UN Helped Me Learn Political Tactics and Diplomatic Etiquette

Pace student Jason Davis representing Albania in the United Nations General Assembly Room at the 2015 National Model UN conference in New York City.

Pace student Jason Davis representing Albania in the United Nations General Assembly Room at the 2015 National Model UN conference in New York City.

Participating in the 2015 National Model United Nations conference in New York (NMUN NY) was one of the most original and immersive educational experiences that I have ever had. I have always enjoyed learning outside of the classroom. This gave me the opportunity to embrace the role of a diplomat in the international political arena.

While the preparation process was challenging and required us to analyze carefully our respective nations’ political positons, it allowed us to place ourselves in the shoes of people other than ourselves. Collaborating with other students and developing practical and consensus-based solutions was crucial to the simulation.

In the conference, I represented Albania in a simulation of the UN General Assembly Second Committee, which is tasked with economic and financial issues. Within this committee, more than 190 countries were represented and we had to reach out to our fellow member states in order to find common ground on the issues at hand.

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Pace’s Outstanding Performance at National Model UN in New York

Pace NYC Students Reflect on the Interactions between “Real World” and Simulation

Pace student Inemesit Essien represents Vanuatu in a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee at the 2015 National Model UN conference in New York City. Photo: NMUN.

Pace student Inemesit Essien represents Vanuatu in a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee at the 2015 National Model UN conference in New York City. Photo: NMUN.

 Pace University New York City students were recognized with seven awards at the National Model United Nations conference (NMUN NY), 22-26 March, which drew some 2,500 undergraduates from around the world to New York.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the conference, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told students he was “energized by this dynamic gathering” and its “serious discussions” on “cutting-edge issues on the international agenda.”

“You are not just leaders of the future – you can start to lead right now,” he told them, “now is the time for your generation to build human solidarity around the world.”

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Head Delegate Selection 2015

There are multiple openings for the position of head delegate for the Pace University New York City Model United Nations program, starting in Fall 2015. 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 10 April 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 (1.20-4.20pm) on Monday 20 April 2015, when we will also hold our ballot. The top candidates in the election will be interviewed over the following week. Model UN participants will also have the opportunity to sustain (or not sustain) currently serving head delegates who wish to continue serving in the 2015/2016 academic year.

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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Top 10 Things Every Model UN Delegate Needs To Know Before Conference

How to survive at NMUN • NY!

Preparing for ConferenceIn preparing for the 2015 National Model United Nations conference here in New York City, the Pace NYC Model UN Head Delegates have created this Buzzfeed list with advice on how to survive and thrive in Model UN. For more in-depth advice, read our handbook article on how to prepare. The Head Delegates have also created a list on how to avoid being douchy delegate — to read about #DontBeThatDelegate, click here.

– By Shade Quailey ’15, Elena Marmo ’15 and Lindita Capric ’15

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#DontBeThatDelegate

What NOT to do during the NMUN • NY conference

Dont be that delegate

In preparing for the 2015 National Model United Nations conference here in New York City, the Pace NYC Model UN Head Delegates have created this Buzzfeed list with advice on how to avoid being a douchy delegate! If you agree with their advice, or have other Model UN pet peeves, tweet using the hashtag #DontBeThatDelegate. They also created another BuzzFeed list on the Top Ten things to do to prepare for a Model UN conference — to read it click here.

On a related note, read our handbook articles on Gender and Model UN and on how to survive and thrive at conference.

– By Shade Quailey ’15, Elena Marmo ’15 and Lindita Capric ’15

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Delegate Reflection: Practicing Diplomacy in a Culturally Diverse Environment

Pace University New York City Model UN students take a break from the 2015 OsloMUN conference to visit Edvard Munch's painting The Scream. Left to right: Lindita Capric '15, Priya Sakaria '17, Jennifer Diaz '16, Vato Gogsadze '15 and Shade Quailey '15.

Pace University New York City Model UN students take a break from the 2015 OsloMUN conference to visit Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream. Left to right: Lindita Capric ’15, Priya Sakaria ’17, Jennifer Diaz ’16, Vato Gogsadze ’15 and Shade Quailey ’15.

The 2015 Oslo Model United Nations conference in Norway was a unique opportunity to improve my public speaking and policy writing skills. The conference helped me to learn more about the United Nations and its complex system by offering a more challenging and unfamiliar rules of procedures.

OsloMUN proved once again that Model UN is an exceptional learning experience that requires determination, focus, dedication, and patience in order to excel at the conference. Overall, I am proud to have represented Pace University in Oslo and to have participated at the conference because it gave me an opportunity to improve myself as a person as I practiced diplomacy in a culturally diverse environment.

To learn more about Pace University’s participation in the 2015 OsloMUN conference, click here.

– Vato Gogsadze ’15.

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