Pace NYC Model UN: 2017/2018 Year in Review

Pace University New York City Model UN students visiting the United Nations Headquarters at the 2018 National Model UN conference in New York.

Pace University New York City Model United Nations students made the campus proud this year at three conferences:

  • Pace students received 8 awards at the 2017 National Model UN conference in Washington DC,  placed them joint 4th out of 67 participating universities and higher education institutions from around the country and the world, in terms of total awards received. Read more here.
  • Ten students participated in the Geneva International Model UN (GIMUN) conference at the UN Palais des Nations, home to the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more here.
  • Pace students took home 11 awards at the 2018 National Model UN conference in New York City, placing them fifth, in terms of awards received, out of the more than 100 higher education institutions participating in the NMUN NY Conference A, 18-22 March 2018. Read more here.

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Pace Students Experience Global Policymaking in Geneva

Pace University NYC Model United Nations students at the UN in Geneva for the 2018 Geneva International Model UN conference in Switzerland.

Ten Pace University Model United Nations students participated in the Geneva International Model UN (GIMUN) conference, 24 to 29 March 2018, simulating processes of global policymaking at the UN Palais des Nations, home to the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

“GIMUN was a great learning and professional experience for me,” said Sheyda Aliyeva ’18, who represented Azerbaijan as an observer state in a simulation of the Arab League. She participated in discussions regarding prevention of terrorist financing and engaging in economic cooperation to diversify economies reliant on oil. “I felt very immersed in diplomacy, activism, and peace while spending time at the UN in Geneva.”

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Pace University Demonstrate the Agency of “Small” States at 2018 National Model UN New York

Pace University New York City Model UN students visiting the United Nations Headquarters at the 2018 National Model UN conference in New York.

Pace University students representing Rwanda, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea at the 2018 National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City showed how supposedly “small” countries play a crucial role in global policymaking.

Pace students received 11 awards,  placing them fifth, in terms of awards received, out of the more than 100 higher education institutions participating in the NMUN NY Conference A, 18-22 March. Pace New York City student delegations representing the Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea both received “Honorable Mention” awards. The Pace Pleasantville program received a “Distinguished Delegation” award for representing Rwanda, plus seven Outstanding Position Paper awards and an “Outstanding Delegate in Committee” award.

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Sailing the Good Ship Model UN

Nicolas Iniguez ’20 (left, front) and Katherine Ketterer (right, front) representing the Republic of the Marshall Islands at the 2018 National Model UN conference in New York City.

My first experience attending the 2018 National Model UN (NMUN) conference in New York City can be best described as having sailed a giant tidal wave with my professor’s lessons as the sails and my delegation partner as shipmate.

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Enhancing Leadership Skills through a New Role

David Sharif ’19 at the 2018 National Model UN conference in New York City.

Taking Model UN for the second time this semester has been an opportunity for me to improve my leadership skills. Prior to the conference, I was able to guide junior delegates in the right direction when writing position papers, practicing  during class, and giving important information on how to have a wonderful experience at the 2018 National Model UN (NMUN) conference in New York City.

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Taking Pacific Island States Seriously

Aleena Raza ’20 (right) and Alexis Gonzalez ’21, representing the Republic of the Marshall Islands in a simulation of the International Organization for Migration at the 2018 National Model UN conference in New York City.

I will always remember my experience at the 2018 National Model UN (NMUN) conference in New York City. At the Opening Ceremony, I was inspired by the speeches that recalled all the past events and historical resolutions that were passed in the same seats as I was sitting in at UN Headquarters on the East River. It reminded me that, although Model UN is a simulation, it is exactly what countries do in order to pass resolutions for the safeguard and protection of real people around the world.

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Model UN Is Unlike Any Other Class

Carissa Veltri ’20 (right) with Vanessa Ramirez ’20, representing the Republic of the Marshall Islands in a simulation of the UN General Assembly First Committee at the 2018 National Model UN conference in New York City.

Model United Nations is definitely unlike any other class offered at Pace University. It can be overwhelming at first but you get used to everything that goes on after the first day or so.

The big committees at the 2018 National Model UN (NMUN) conference in New York City can be a bit shocking at first because of how many people are in them. When you realize exactly how many eyes will be staring at you when you get up to make your speech can definitely be  scary, but once the speech is over you feel pretty accomplished.

When the whole conference is over and resolutions have been adopted, there is definitely a sense of achievement when everything is over. All in all, the Model United Nations class is a great program and an excellent experience.

— Carissa Veltri ’20

 

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