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.
“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.”