King’s Students Participate in Model UN
When it came time to display their knowledge and write resolutions at the National Model United Nations, King’s students were more than prepared.
This year’s National Model United Nations (NMUN) began on March 29 and ended on April 2. The NMUN is a simulated version of the United Nations, in which students play the part of United Nations delegates.
Their mission statement reads: “We positively affect the lives of participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict. We envision a world comprised of civically engaged people who strive for peaceful, multi-lateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development.”
King’s students agreed that the NMUN is a valuable learning experience. Students from all over the world gather to represent a foreign country. They study their assigned country all the way up to the conference, learning its history, style of government, foreign policy and political parties.
Each delegate is assigned three specific issues and have to figure out their country’s stance on those issues prior to the conference. Students then look to write resolutions with other like minded nations to address these issues. This is all done so that students can accurately represent their country in a way that is comparable to that of an actual United Nations delegate.
This year the King’s College team was given Jamaica as its country of study for the NMUN. Under the guidance of Dr. Beth Admiraal and Dr. Margarita Rose, the groupspent the whole semester leading up to the conference learning about Jamaica. This included studying the country’s colonial history, independence, economy, their current prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller and current domestic issues to get a good grasp on how to best represent them at the NMUN.
During the conference students had early days and late nights in their respective sessions. They listened to speeches about how certain Member States feel on the issues presented, and this allowed others to hear their opinions loudly in front of many different nations.
The conference allowed for diplomatic solutions to be found. Opinions were exchanged in caucusing sessions where the students wrote “working papers” together. Working papers were added to and edited until they were deemed fit to become draft resolutions by the moderators of the conference. When they reached the point of draft resolution they were then voted on to become resolutions.
All of King’s students put in hours of hard to prepare and participate in the conference. Some even sacrificed time during their lunch and dinner to work more on their working papers.
A highlight of the trip was a vist to the Jamaican embassy to meet an actual United Nations delegate who answered questions students had about their topics and provided insight as to what life is like working in the UN.
Vittoria Degioso, one of the students who attended the conference, said the experience was an invaluable one.
“I’ve done NMUN for three years now and every year provides me with new experiences, challenges, friendships and knowledge,” Degioso said. “I’ve made friends from all across the world and I’ve learned things about cultures and countries that I never would have known. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world and I think it’s an experience that any student should at least consider.”