Hamilton Students Participate in Model UN Conference in Montreal

Hamilton's Model UN delegates.
Hamilton's Model UN delegates.
Twelve Hamilton students participated in the McGill Model United Nations Conference (MCMUN) Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Montreal. The conference consisted of approximately 1,400 delegates. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies was the right honorable Joe Clark, a former Prime Minister of Canada and a member of the Canadian Parliament for 25 years.

Students attending from Hamilton College were Matt Arnold '09, Dorian Bakogiannis '10, Aminata Diop '11, Sam Doyon '12, Rachel Horowitz '09, Ranga Kotani '10, Sitanshu Mishra '10, Brandon Moore '12, Heather Prigg '11, Jordyn Taylor '12, and Polina White '12. They represented the delegation of Costa Rica on a variety of committees including the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, United Nations High Commission on Refugees, the Security Council, United Nations Counter Terrorism Committee, Commission on Science and Technology for Development, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as several UN General Assembly Committees

In preparing for the conference, Hamilton students conducted extensive research with the help of Government Professor Ted Lehmann, the MUN faculty advisor, in order to accurately portray Costa Rica's foreign policy at the conference.

Students practiced public speaking and writing skills while they acted as delegates of the United Nations, taking part in international negotiations and creating resolutions with other delegates for some of the world's most pressing issues. Debated topics ranged from issues such as the Russian/Georgian conflict and global food insecurity to international rights for children and the question of Palestine.

Among the delegates of the more than 100 countries in the United Nations, there were also students representing prominent NGOs. These NGOs acted as advisors to the delegates to assist them in developing solutions to the problems at hand. The global issues that were discussed were pertinent and substantive; delegates are given the opportunity to face some of the serious challenges of international diplomacy, as well as the strengths and limitations of the UN organization.

Hamilton College Model United Nations has previously attended conferences at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and in Washington D.C. Model United Nations is funded by Student Assembly and the Levitt Center. 

-- by Rachel Horowitz '09
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