On May 18-19, 2013, UC Davis held its 11th annual Davis Model United Nations Conference (DMUNC). With 25 schools and more than 400 students participating from all over California and a few out of state, the conference is growing more and more each year.
The delegations in attendance were encouraged this year by the Secretary General, Megan Nguyen, to, “Bring your spunk to DMUNC!” Ms. Nguyen challenged the delegates to bring their best performance and excitement to committee, as well as wishing delegates, “be engaged in debate that allows delegates to flex your diplomatic and critical thinking skills as delegates work together to solve problems.”
This year’s guest speaker was Consulate General from France- Mr. Romain Serman. He gave a wonderful speech at opening ceremonies, providing the audience with his direct experiences in his career and with the UN.
DMUNC 2013 had ten committees represented at the conference: African Union, Disarmament and International Security (DISEC), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Historical Cabinet Simulation, International Criminal Court (ICC), Legal, Security Council (SC), Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). This year we introduced more committees to crisis updates, where delegates were required to pass directives quickly to handle the crisis. Nonetheless, all of the committees successfully passed resolutions that dealt with issues such as the ethics of human cloning, combating poaching, and the historical cabinet simulation of World War II.
Best Large Delegation: Cerritos High School
Best Small Delegation: Gunn High School