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Randolph's Model UN Team Takes Top Honors at National Conference

Delegates represent Finland at conference

4/16/2009 12:26:10 PM

   

LYNCHBURG — Randolph College’s Model United Nations (NMUN) team continued its winning streak in 2009 by garnering two awards from the annual conference. The college’s delegation has won awards from the conference for the past three years.

The group of 20 students traveled to New York in early April for the National Model UN, joining college students from across the world in finding common solutions to the world’s global problems. Randolph’s delegation represented Finland at the 2009 conference.

At the conference, they received two major awards: Outstanding Position Papers and Honorable Mention for delegation performance. According to Jennifer Abbassi, faculty adviser, the Outstanding Position Paper award is especially exciting.

“In my view, this is probably the hardest to win,” Abbassi said. “It judges the depth and breadth of intellectual preparation in the form of position papers that are written before the conference and submitted to the conference Secretariat in New York.”

The NMUN conference originated in 1923 as a simulation of the League of Nations. The NMUN adopted its present form in 1946 after the creation of the United Nations. The conference is the largest and one of the most prestigious collegiate Model United Nations programs in the world. It is the world’s largest, university-level UN simulation.

“Seeing my NMUN delegates in action is a powerful reminder to me as to why I teach: the reward could not be any greater than seeing students approaching global issues creatively and in a spirit of collaboration. I wish I could see real-life diplomats implement the ideas that our delegates generate.” Abbassi said. “It’s all about the students and learning."

Abbassi’s sentiments are echoed by delegate Michael Kenyon, who added, “The thing that I was most proud of was how my partner and I were able to pass our resolution on nuclear regulation with the signatures of countries such as N. and S. Korea, the major powers on the UN Security Council, India, Pakistan, and some 40 other countries.”

The experience offers a unique opportunity for students to better understand the inner workings of the United Nations while building skills in diplomacy and compromise. College students from all over the world work to propose and pass resolutions addressing regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, women and children, economic and social development, and the environment. NMUN is a forum in which to discuss global concerns in a context that closely parallels the real world.

“Model United Nations is a program every student should involve themselves in,” said Ashley Thomas, a head delegate for Randolph. “It requires one to be knowledgeable about global issues, it offers an in-depth look into various cultures, and most importantly it shapes our future diplomats."

The NMUN is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational corporation and is also a Non-Governmental Organization associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.

While in New York, the Randolph delegation met with alumnae, had an extensive briefing at the Finnish Mission to the United Nations, and managed to find time to shop and feed the ducks in Central Park.

For more information and to read the students’ blog of their trip, please see: http://globalstudies.randolphblogs.net/

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