Hamilton’s Model United Nations team competed in the annual North American Model United Nations (NAMUN) conference from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, in Toronto. Based at the University of Toronto, the conference hosted schools from both Canada and the United States in 16 different committees. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was Alex Neve, a member of Amnesty International and the Board of Directors of Partnership Africa Canada. This was the team’s first time attending the conference.
Hamilton student attendees were Courtney Brunet ’20, Richard Court ’19, Lindsey Foster ’20, Charlotte Freed ’20, Michael Goldstein ’20, Laura Hornby ’20, Majestic Terhune ’21, and Emma Tynan ’20. The students represented both countries and political figures, working to help resolve issues that ranged from worldwide desertification to threats against tourists in the United Arab Emirates.
The students practiced solving time-sensitive crises, writing resolutions, and public speaking. Debates covered topics such as the 2012 Arms Trade Treaty, infrastructure in rural regions, and how to best control the Malayan Communist Party.
Hamilton College Model United Nations has previously attended conferences at Columbia University, Boston University, and Harvard University and expects to attend a conference at New York University in April.