In the 1920s, Model United Nations used to be conferences reproducing the League of Nations’ model. Such opportunities were created to show students the importance of learning peace, dialogue and cooperation in order to avoid war, as much as to defend their country’s interests. Ever since, Model United Nations started becoming more popular and are nowadays one of the most important exercises of diplomacy. Especially recognized in English-speaking countries, MUNs occur today all around the world, with famous simulations in the United States, Russia, England, Korea, Turkey, Australia and so on (PIMUN, 2018).
A Model United Nations is a conference, usually lasting between three days and a week. Gathering students – called “delegates” – together, the conference is a simulation of diplomats’ work within the United Nations added Osee Lieberman. The general structure of the United Nations is reproduced: the main organs and committees are represented; delegates impersonate a country in their own committee,and adopt their country’s position about a specific topic. Debating whether in formal debate, moderated or not moderated caucus, delegates exchange and negotiate in order to write, vote and pass a final resolution, aiming at proposing solutions to the international stakes underlain by the topic. Model UN becoming increasingly important, students of Universities in Paris decided to launch the Paris International Model United Nations in 2012. In 2018, our ambition is to make MUN one of the main UN simulations in the world, gathering delegates from all over the United States (PIMUM, 2018).
On April 6th, 2018, Ryan Barkley and Hussein Mohammed, as well as Osee Lieberman representing The Halsten Enterprise,llc, attended the United Nations Association Phoenix Chapter’s Model United Nations event hosted at the Arizona State Senate Chambers. Hussein Mohammed represented Somalia and Ryan Barkley represented Gambia during the mock General Assembly discussion on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Throughout the event each student and member that participated were able to role-play the ambassador to their respective country and what that nation would most likely say in addressing the refugee crisis abroad and in Syria. Ryan Barkley and Hussein Mohammed were both able to give speeches to the “General Assembly” consisting of about 50-60 people in attendance and participating.
During the general assembly, the Halsten delegation was able to draft a UN resolution, which they submitted, as pertaining the refugee crisis. Resolution titled: “Increase Funding for Refugee Programme and Participating Member States”. This resolution had multiple students from the UNA, join in and help create the final document. The resolution had enough support and signatories of enough nations to go to a vote. The resolution “passed” and was one of two. The other being submitted by the “United States” and ours with “Gambia and Somalia”. Both resolutions will be attached to this report to read and distribute.
The event was a success and was a good networking opportunity, as the delegation met with AZ state senator for Tempe, Juan Mendez of District 26, as well as with Dr. Albert Celoza, President of the UNA Phoenix Chapter.
UNA Resolution# GA:3/1/1.1
By The Halsten Enterprise,llc