This Recap was provided by the UC Davis Model United Nations’ Team of 2014
Ending the 2013-2014 debate year with its high school conference, Davis Model United Nations Conference (DMUNC 2014), the UC Davis MUN family finally started seeing what nine months of long and hard work amounted to. Twelve committees, forty staff members, twenty five schools, and four hundred delegates filled the halls of the UC Davis Gus Olson building on the weekend of May 17-18.
Kicking off the conference with keynote speaker, Pablo Castro, President of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) – San Francisco Chapter, he encouraged modern youth to learn from historical mistakes of miscommunication, unilateral decisions, and human shortcomings. President Castro reminded the world of a rising hope through personal stories of his past in addition to excerpts from recent experiences in his life.
Using his reassuring words of communication and hope, delegates proceeded to dissect, analyze, and produce feasible multilateral solutions for highly contested modern day issues such as Lethal Autonomous Robotics, Non-Governmental Organization Corruption, Counterfeit Drugs, Immigration within the EU, and the Crisis within South Sudan. Along with said salient issues, some delegates were given exciting opportunities to participate in Historical Cabinet Crisis Simulation for the Third Crusades (Islam vs. Christianity) and the Great War of 1899 (Allied vs. Entente).
Outside of Committee, delegates and staff spent some of their Saturday evening together to play board games and watch movies. Throughout the conference, candy grams filled with Hershey Kisses, Starbursts, and other indulging confections were sent to staff members, delegates, and advisors; ultimately allowing the Davis team to provide our proceeds to UNICEF. Beautifully designed t-shirts and lanyards were also provided to those interested.
After an unbelievably short, exhilarating, and intense weekend of debate, the conference congregated to hand out awards and recognitions. All committee decisions were handed out with much difficulty and debate, due to extremely qualified and enthusiastic delegates the Davis MUN team has ever experienced. Nevertheless, Best Small Delegation award was presented to Foothill High School, with the Best Large Delegation award presented to Cerritos High School. An enormous congratulation to all awarded delegates at DMUNC 2014, and a bigger congratulation to all who spoke, provided input, and removed themselves from their comfort zone.
The UC Davis Model United Nations team would like to finally thank all its staff, sponsors and secretariat members that worked so incredibly hard on this project. The team would especially like to thank its attendees for coming to the conference, thank the advisors for taking time out of their personal lives to assist their students in their growth and development of worldly issues and social progression, and in total, thank President Pablo Castro for providing us with words of knowledge, experience, and hope. Thank you!!
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