This recap was provided by Sarah Lee, Secretary-General of CMUNNY VII.
For its seventh annual session, Columbia Model United Nations in New York welcomed a record number of delegates from 29 institutions in 5 different countries and 16 states, an unprecedented level of international and school diversity represented at the conference. Despite the exponential increase in delegate attendance, the conference maintained an exceptional 1-to-2 staff-to-delegate ratio, and dedicated Columbians went above and beyond to give life to some of the most exciting and unique simulations.
After ruling out parliamentary procedures as “too authoritative,” The Culture proceeded to discuss on matters that delegates defined as “odd but really fun,” including but not limited to political crises between nuclear civilizations in the first throes of industrialization and space battles between sentient plants and a race of humanoid vegetarians. The G-20 Summit incorporated the internet in its committee proceeding to entertain directives, while next door, the Council of Constance went from having three, to five, then one Pope and Skyped with God twice. Even in times of war and trouble, the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General that convened for Queen Victoria’s Garden Party, 1858 dined like kings and queens, mobilizing troops and backstabbing each other with constant tea and pastry service during the weekend.
Participants all performed wonderfully in fast-paced committee sessions, scrambling for power and concessions, and on Saturday night, all converged in the heart of Manhattan to reach a consensus on the beauty of fine food catering and New York’s exciting nightlife.
Congratulations to all of the participants on such a fantastic performance!
Best Large: University of Chicago
Outstanding Large: Harvard University
Best Small: Florida International University
Outstanding Small: Stanford University
New York University also contended for a delegation award. Other teams with multiple award winners included George Washington University, University of Florida, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, College of William & Mary, Emory University, and Tufts University. Note that several teams split their delegations to attend both CMUNNY and SCSY.
Congrats to Secretary-General Sarah Lee and her staff on a successful conference! Credits go to Sarah Lee for the article, Chloe Blanchard for helping, Po Linn Chia and the CMUNNY Facebook page for the photos.