The article and photos were provided by Tsesa Monaghan, NMUN Intern. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bringing together over 500 students from 10+ countries, National Model UN’s fall conference took place in the heart of Washington, DC, on October 21-23 and was sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association and the Osgood Center of International Studies. The US capitol, a city of international importance, provided an excellent backdrop to the diplomacy and discussion of international issues that occurred over the weekend.
Delegates participated in six committees, including a Security Council crisis simulation. The delegates in each committee received topic briefings from experts working in the field, including individuals from the Arms Control Association, the US Department of State, and the International Center for Research on Women.
The opening and closing ceremonies also featured interesting and distinguished speakers, including Sally Shelton-Colby, former US
Ambassador to Barbados, Grenada, and Dominica and Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Helen Lowman, Peace Corps Regional Director for Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia.
NMUN focuses on cooperation among delegates and encourages noncompetitive diplomacy and collaboration in the true spirit of the United Nations, but recognized several schools for their great work in committee and/or position papers. The delegations that received top delegation awards included Rock Valley College, Victor Valley College, California State University-Northridge, and University of North Florida. For a complete list of award winners as well as additional information about the conference, you can visit the conference webpage at http://www.nmun.org/nmun_dc.html.