WorldMUN Vancouver Closing Ceremonies and Diplomacy Awards

by KFC on March 26, 2012

WorldMUN Vancouver is liveblogged by Larissa Taciuk, a Vancouver native who did MUN at McGill University and staffed at UNA-USA MUN with us

The WorldMUN Spirit still lives on even with WorldMUN 2012 having been concluded for over a week. Especially due to the fact that the conference ended with such a bang!  Immediately after Closing Ceremonies, delegates, staff, and all attendees were ushered just outside of the Vancouver Convention Centre to witness the Olympic Flame being lit. It was a fitting end to the conference, and at the risk of being too clichéd, the symbolism of the lighting of a flame seemed to mirror the mood of the end of the conference.  The friendships, the lessons, the WorldMUN Spirit, the entire experience lives on in all of those who participated in Vancouver WorldMUN 2012.

The College of William and Mary loved the Global Village, particularly the opportunity to meet people before committee session started. Delegates from the European Business School in Oestrich enjoyed the spirit of all the delegates. Swiss delegates from the University of St Gallen felt right at home in the mountains. Ladies from the UAE University enjoyed the diversity of committees and delegations.

I particularly enjoyed all the extra opportunities for learning and debate that were provided. I had the pleasure of attending a workshop about the Euro Zone Crisis and its Implication for International Monetary Regime.  I learned a lot, both from the fascinating and well-informed speakers and delegates’ informed questions.  I also visited The Resolution Project, an amazing organization committed to empowering socially responsible young leaders.  The opportunity to meet George Tsiatis, one of the owners, and chat with him about some of the things achieved by Resolution Fellows was inspiring. It was very exciting to hear the winners of The Resolution Project at the end of the Closing Ceremonies.

Winners of The Resolution Project. Learn more at

The Closing Ceremonies, with keynote speaker Stephen Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, were an excellent conclusion and summation of some important lessons from the conference.  Mr. Toope reminded us that our minds and our ideas are not static, but that they expand as we invite ideas in (even if we don’t agree with them).  That curiosity, diplomacy and respect will get one far. And that the antidote to fear and ignorance is friendship.  With these lessons taken to heart, and through new friendships we forged and old friendships which grew stronger, WorldMUN has helped to make us, in Mr. Toope’s words, “the kind of citizens that our world needs.”

Diplomacy Awards

WorldMUN gives out Diplomacy awards to delegates in each committee plus two delegation awards. Here are notable teams that received Diplomacy awards and the country they are originally from:

Best Large Delegation: Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Venezuela)

Best Small Delegation: Claremont McKenna College (United States)

Universidad Catolica Andres Bello led the way in terms of number of Diplomacy awards and took home the Best Large Delegation. Last year’s Best Large Delegation winner, MUN Society Belgium (Belgium), was right behind them by one award according to our unofficial tally. The University of North Carolina – Charlotte (United States) and the College of William & Mary (United States) also contended for a large delegation award.

Claremont McKenna College received the Best Small Delegation award. According to our unofficial tally, other teams performing around this level included Universidad Central de Venezuela (Venezuela), the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (United States).

Other teams with multiple Diplomacy awards included American University in Beirut (Lebanon), George Washington University (United States), Ghent University (Belgium), Universität Heidelberg (Germany), Marianopolis College (Canada), Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Santa Fe College (United States), Universität St. Gallen (Switzerland), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela).

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is proud of their accomplishments at WorldMUN Vancouver

George Washington University celebrates its diplomatic success at WorldMUN Vancouver

The United States Military Academy at West Point poses in front of the Olympic cauldron at WorldMUN Vancouver

Congrats to all the staff and delegates for keeping diplomacy and the WorldMUN spirit alive!


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  • UgentMun UgentMun

    Just one mistake: Ghent University is not in the Netherlands, it’s in Belgium!! :p We know Belgium is only a small country, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any award-winning universities ….. 😉

    • Ryan Villanueva

      Thank you for pointing this out; I just made the correction.

      Congratulations on your team’s success at WorldMUN!

  • Simon Persico

    Hopefully Santa Fe College’s success is recognized in the newest rankings 😉

  • Anonymous

    KFC: the comment from the santa fe delegate made me rofl. you cannot seriously think/believe that the WorldMUN results should be added to the rankings. at that point you would have to count munfw, midwest mun, nmun, srmun, and every other conference in the standings, no? WorldMUN is more of a social event where competition is, on many levels, deemphasized. call me nuts, but it does not seem logical to place the schools who did so well at WorldMUN ahead of other schools when the suddenly victorious WorldMUN winners were thoroughly bested at hnmun.

    • Anonymous

      Here I have to disagree. I’ve been participating in WorldMUN in the last three years, and I can assure that I had in all of them tough competition and tough competitors to beat. And I’ve been in GA, ECOSOC and SA committees; in all of them it was not easy to get an award. WorldMUN instead of being more of a social event, if more than just a MUN. Besides, to compare the performance of auniversity between WorldMUN and HNMUN is not objective in some cases; due to the fact that many of these schools have different delegations for each international MUN. As an example of that you have all the Venezuelan Universities, which have completely different delegations for HNMUN, WorldMUN and NMUN, and somehow they manage to have an outstanding performance in each of the conferences. And I think that HNMUN will be different and tougher if some Schools that only attend to WorldMUN go there as well, such as the MUN Society Belgium and Lahore. Regarding the rankings, I think there are many articles in this webpage that already explain why HNMUN and WorldMUN or even NMUN have more importance, specially because none of the non-american powerhouses (or just few of them) attend to the other ones. As in sports, if Barcelona lost the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid, that does not mean that Madrid is better, because later Barcelona won La Liga and the Champions League. Just think about that.

  • Sam

    hmm 🙂 To Muner: For someone probably wanting to give the impression that he/she is an experienced Munner, you show an astounding lack of diplomacy when addressing the justified enthusiasm of the WorldMUN deleate of Sante Fe. leaving this comment aside, and speaking from my committee (The Paris Peace Talks), everyone did incredibly well. I never debated with such intensity, depth and quality, and in the words of the chair, everyone was entitled to an award. I believe that the enthusiasm that each delegate has shown when going for WorldMUN deserves an award on itself. Thank you WorldMUN for this amazing experience

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