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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Pace University Students Demonstrate Diplomatic Excellence at Oslo Model UN Conference

Pace University New York City Model United Nations students attend the diplomatic gala during the 2015 Oslo Model UN conference in Norway.

Pace University New York City Model United Nations students attend the diplomatic gala during the 2015 Oslo Model UN conference in Norway. Front row (left to right): Jennifer Diaz 16, Gisselle Rodriguez ’15, Elena Marmo ’15, Priya Sakaria ’17, Vato Gogsadze ’15. Middle row (l to r): Kyla Korvne ’15, Gabriela Johnson ’15, Lindita Capric ’15, Shade Quailey ’15. Back row (l to r): Dr. Matthew Bolton (Model UN advisor), Niall O’Reilly ’16, Kristina Byrne (Pace Study Abroad Office).

Pace University New York City students were singled out for two of the six awards given out at the 2015 Oslo Model United Nations Conference (OsloMUN), in which 100 students participated in a three-day simulation of multi-lateral diplomacy in Norway, 13-15 February. An additional student was recognized with an ‘honorable mention.’

Jan Egeland, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations, addressing the 2015 OsloMUN conference in Norway.

Jan Egeland, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations, addressing the 2015 OsloMUN conference in Norway.

“We need people like you to engage with and in the United Nations,” former UN Under-Secretary General Jan Egeland told the conference participants in his Opening Ceremony address. “You are the United Nations – we are all members of member states,” said Egeland, now Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, urging students to fight for an international system that is more effective at building peace, ending poverty and inequality and halting climate change.

Leni Stenseth, Director of UN Policy for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed, saying, “It is heartwarming to see so many young people interested in the UN and in making the world a better place.” She called on students to “Ask not what the UN can do for you, but ask what you can do for the UN.”

Ten Pace students participated in the conference, representing a wide range of countries around the world. They were selected based on their excellence in previous national and international Model UN simulations. In the run-up to OsloMUN, they engaged in intensive research about their country, practiced public speaking and wrote a detailed paper outlining their countries’ position on key policy issues.

“The Pace delegation took the OsloMUN conference to new international levels,” Louisa Børresen, Secretary General of OsloMUN told Pace. “Having students from overseas was both useful in debate and great fun in the social activities.”

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Applications Open for Oslo International Conference in 2015

Pace University’s New York City Model UN program is planning to help cover the costs of between seven and 15 students (depending on the number of eligible applicants and costs of flights) who wish to attend the Oslo International Model United Nations conference, held at the University of Oslo in Norway, 12-16 February, 2015. The working language of the conference will be English.

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 take advantage of this opportunity, you will need to go through an application process. Please submit your application forms (see below) to the Pace NYC MUN program by email (mbolton@pace.edu) by 11 January 2015 at midnight at the latest (late or paper submissions will not be accepted).

To download the application, click here. Note that there are eligibility restrictions on this opportunity, so please read through the document carefully.

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Model UN Awards Highlight Pace Students’ Superior Skills in Writing Policy Papers

Marshal Digiovanna '16 (in red shirt) checks the progress of a working paper at the 2014 National Model UN conference in Washington DC, where he and his delegation partner, Thomas Winquist '15, won an award for an outstanding Position Paper.

Marshal Digiovanna ’16 (in red shirt) checks the progress of a working paper at the 2014 National Model UN conference in Washington DC, where he and his delegation partner, Thomas Winquist ’15, won an award for an outstanding Position Paper. Photo: NMUN.

Pace University New York City students joined more than 800 students from more than 80 universities at the National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC, 31 October to 2 November, to simulate multilateral decisionmaking on the topic “Confronting Issues at the Forefront of International Relations.”

“We are the first generation that can end extreme poverty – yet people and the planet face the rising pressures of a warming climate, growing inequality, and exploitation from mines to fields to factory floors,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his letter to the conference. “These plans are ambitious. We need people to make them real. … I count on you to use the … skills you learn in this Model UN exercise to help navigate the real-world challenges we face.”

The Pace delegation – representing Finland and Hungary – was recognized with three Position Paper awards, highlighting the students’ superior skills in summarizing complex global problems and succinct, cogent solutions.

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Pace at the United Nations General Assembly

Faculty, Students and Alumni Involved in UN Committee on International Security and Disarmament

Dr. Emily Welty, Assistant Professor and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University New York City, challenges the UN General Assembly First Committee to take the gendered dimensions of disarmament more seriously.

Dr. Emily Welty, Assistant Professor and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University New York City, challenges the UN General Assembly First Committee to take the gendered dimensions of disarmament more seriously. Photo: Shant Alexander for Control Arms.

As member states deliberate on international security and disarmament issues this month in the UN General Assembly First Committee, it has become increasing clear that Pace University New York City – particularly its Model UN program – is playing an emerging role in global policy discussions.

On Tuesday, 28 October, two Pace University professors – Dr. Emily Welty and Dr. Matthew Bolton – gave testimony before the First Committee on behalf of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), calling for more involvement of civil society in disarmament processes and greater awareness of the gendered dimensions of weapons.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams Gives Address on Gender and Disarmament at Pace University

Disarmament and Arms Control Campaigners Challenged to Take Gender Seriously

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams delivering keynote address at the 2014 Disarmament Forum at Pace University New York City. Photo: Control Arms.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams delivering keynote address at the 2014 Disarmament Forum at Pace University New York City. Photo: Control Arms.

Activists working on disarmament and arms control need to challenge the belief that violence is inevitable – especially violence by men –and resist the subtle attempts by powerful organizations and people to infer that those who work for peace are somehow weak and “woman-like”, said Jody Williams of the Nobel Women’s Initiative October 17-19, 2014, at Pace University in New York City.

Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 along with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for her successful coordination of the global coalition that served as the “engine of change” on landmines and, in the space of five years, resulted in the Ottawa Treaty, banning Antipersonnel Landmines. Since January 2006, Williams has chaired the Nobel Women’s Initiative that spearheaded the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. She has also been a powerful advocate for the prohibition of fully autonomous robotic weapons.

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Pace Model UN Students Represent Global Civil Society, Seek Equality for a Better World

Pace University New York City Model United Nations students at the Union Nations participating in the 2014 National Model UN conference.

Pace University New York City Model United Nations students at the United Nations participating in the 2014 National Model UN conference.

According to Oxfam International, the world’s richest 85 people control as much wealth as the entire poorest half of the world’s population. Recognizing the serious economic, social and political questions this raises, the theme of this year’s National Model United Nations conference in New York City (NMUN NY) was “Equality for a Better World.”

“Your participation in this Model UN comes at a time of opportunity and risk for the human family,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in his message to the NMUN NY delegates. “I count on you to use the negotiating skills you learn in this Model UN exercise to help navigate the real-world challenges we face.”

Pace University New York City students represented several institutions of global civil society — faith-based organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Oxfam — which have played a key role in campaigns to raise awareness of the humanitarian and human rights implications of inequality. This was one of the most challenging set of assignments Pace NYC students have had in a while, as the NGOs and Observer State they represented have some voice but no vote within the United Nations. They had to rely entirely on the power of persuasion and negotiation to get their way.

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