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 National Model UN 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 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 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 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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Geneva Conference Gave Me Confidence to Follow My Career Path

Lisa Smirnova ’18, representing Switzerland in a simulation of UN Women at the 2018 Geneva International Model UN conference in Switzerland.

Participation in the 2018 Geneva International Model UN (GIMUN) conference in Switzerland gave me a wonderful opportunity to immerse myself in the world of international work. The conference that was held in the Palais des Nation, home to the UN Office in Geneva, providing me with valuable insight into the world of diplomacy.

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A Unique Opportunity to Discuss International Policy

Alyssa Curran ’20 at the 2018 Geneva International Model UN conference in Switzerland.

This semester I represented Nicaragua in a simulation of UN Women at the 2018 Geneva International Model UN (GIMUN) conference in Switzerland. It was very different from my experience at the 2017 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

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GIMUN Was an Unforgettable Experience

Dorin Khoiee-Abbasi ’18, Pace University NYC Model UN Head Delegate, representing Afghanistan at the 2018 Geneva International Model UN conference in Switzerland.

The opportunity to participate in the 2018 Geneva International Model UN (GIMUN) conference was an unforgettable experience. The ability to engage in diplomatic negotiations, perform speeches and collaborate on a single proposal at the UN’s Palais des Nations was remarkable.

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