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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Delegate Reflection: Awakening the Inner Diplomat

(Left to Right) Gisselle Rodriguez, Hartley Cavallaro, Natalia Morales, Matthew Jamele and Lilly Bogner participating in a simulation of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at the 2014 National Model UN conference in New York.

Gisselle Rodriguez ’16, Hartley Cavallaro ’15, Natalia Morales ’17, Matthew Jamele ’15 and Lilly Bogner (left to right) participating in a simulation of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at the 2014 National Model UN conference in New York.

The 2014 National Model United Nations conference in New York City awakened the inner diplomat within me. I loved participating in committee, the networking opportunities, the invaluable guest lecturers and the career fair.  The diplomacy skills that were locked within me are now unleashed and I will exert these skills every chance I get.

This class has led me to believe that diplomacy is something that goes beyond what is written in textbooks and it goes beyond what is said in the news. Diplomacy is so much more than convincing people to agree with your ideals, it’s about working towards a better world where the “common good” is put first, where people work together to incorporate the voices of all and to actively work towards ridding the world of evil. Diplomacy is a lifestyle in which one actively seeks to make the world a better place.

That is why for me Model United Nations what more than just a class, it was the portal that led me on my path to global citizenry.

- Gisselle Rodriguez ’16

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Delegate Reflection: Using NGOs’ Weaknesses as Strengths

Harsh Mehta, Nelli Agbulos, Inemesit Essien, a friend and Vato Gogsadze in a simulation of the Commission on the Status of Women at the 2014 National Model UN conference in New York.

Harsh Mehta ’15, Nelli Agbulos ’17, Inemesit Essien ’16, a friend and Vato Gogsadze ’15 in a simulation of the Commission on the Status of Women at the 2014 National Model UN conference in New York.

The 2014 National Model United Nations conference in New York (NMUN NY) was a rewarding educational experience unlike anything I have done before. My partner Inemesit Essien ’16 and I represented the non-governmental organization (NGO) Oxfam International in the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW).

Being an NGO, we were only granted “consultative status”; but we used that weakness as our strength to spread Oxfam’s influence and presence. NGOs were not allowed to vote, but we influenced the debate and incorporated programs and policies crucial to solutions stated in countries’ working papers.

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