UNO Delegation Excels at the National Model United Nations Conference

A recap from Prof. John Hazlett:

The UNO Model UN Club and the course members of IS 3060 (Model United Nations) sent 18 delegates and one faculty member to the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York City, held at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels near Times Square and at the United Nations itself from March 24 to 29.  The UNO delegation was assigned to represent the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and it won the following awards at the NMUN’s premier conference:

Outstanding Delegation Award

Four Outstanding Position Paper Awards

Before the conference, beginning in November of 2012 when the team first learned that it had been assigned to represent Viet Nam at the National Conference, they began preparing by studying Viet Nam’s history, politics, economy, and culture.  The team invited faculty from UNO’s History and Political Science Departments, as well as faculty from Tulane’s Department of Anthropology, to help them by visiting our class and providing us with the benefits of their expertise.   In early March, our eight committees, each one made up of two delegates, were required to turn in their Position Papers, formal documents outlining Viet Nam’s stance on a variety of issues.  These papers served as the basis for our delegates’ arguments in many of the debates that took place while the Conference was in session.

During our time in New York City, the delegation members joined with more than 5,000 college/university delegates, half from outside the United States, to discuss, debate, and propose solutions to current global problems.  This year’s topics included, among others,  “Reforming Peacekeeping to Strengthen Post-Conflict Stabilization Efforts,” “Regulating Information and Telecommunication Technology in the Context of Security,” “The Impact of Climate Change on Sustainable Development,” “Strengthening the Regulation of International Drug Trafficking,” “Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Assistance to Palestinian Refugees,” “The Nuclear Situation in North Korea,” and “Harnessing Resource Extraction for Further Development Gains.”  Altogether our 18 delegates were asked to represent Viet Nam on a total of 24 separate topics.

Outside conference sessions, our delegation met with Viet Nam’s Permanent Mission to the UN for almost two hours, and enjoyed a lively question and answer session with Minister Nguyen Trac Ba, 3rd Secretary  Phan Ho The Nam, and 3rd Secretary Vu Thuy Minh (pictured below):

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Our last day was spent in the General Assembly of the United Nations, voting on the GA Resolutions and receiving our awards. The team is picture below with  Head Delegate Brett Netto holding the Outstanding Delegation Award:

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The delegation members served on eight committees:

  1. General Assembly Committee 1:  UNO’S DELEGATES WON OUTSTANDING POSITION PAPER
  2. General Assembly Committee 2:  UNO’S DELEGATES WON OUTSTANDING POSITION PAPER
  3. General Assembly Committee 3
  4. General Assembly Committee 4
  5. Special Committee on Peace Keeping Operations (C-34):  UNO’S DELEGATES WON OUTSTANDING POSITION PAPER
  6. Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
  7. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  8. UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): UNO’S DELEGATES WON OUTSTANDING POSITION PAPER

The UNO delegation consisted of members from several majors, including BAIS, Psychology, French, History, Spanish,  IDS, Film, and Political Science.  Delegates were also diverse in national origin, with members from the US, Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, The Philippines, Nepal, and Ireland.

Faculty Advisor:
John Hazlett
Director, BA in International Studies Program
Professor, Department of English

Head Delegates:
Brett Netto (USA, BAIS)
Anna Marie Walter (Honduras, BAIS)

Delegates:
Ashis Dahal (Nepal,  BAIS)
Chase Hukins (USA, Spanish/BAIS)
Carolina Andrade (Ecuador, Psychology/Film)*
Eduardo “Jhondie” Abreu (Philippines, IDS)*
Francisco “Kiko” Juelle (Puerto Rico, BAIS)*
Hugo Garza (Mexico,  BAIS)*
Jahi Mackey (USA, BAIS)
Jonathan Lumpkin (USA, History/Political Science)
Katie Pickett (USA, BAIS)*
Karen Lundy (Ireland, BAIS)
Margaret “Margo” Sullivan (USA, BAIS/French)
Michael Bentley (USA, BAIS)*
Minie Taylor (USA, History)*
Romy Lacour (USA, BAIS)
Renee Barrow (USA, History)
Shaniqua Casey (USA, BAIS)*

*Outstanding Position Paper Award recipients

Support Team:
Tarryn Hood (USA, BAIS-Asian Studies)

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