YMUN Day 1: Opening Ceremonies with Dr. William Ury of “Getting to Yes”

by Ryan on January 21, 2011

Day 1 of the Yale Model United Nations Conference (YMUN) just ended! Opening Ceremonies featured Dr. William Ury, co-author of the book Getting to Yes and senior fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. I also interviewed delegates from East Hampton High School (CT), the Severn School (CT), and Brimmer and May (MA).

In his keynote speech, Dr. Ury made a point that’s very useful in Model UN. He made a distinction between positions — what you want — and interests — why you want it. In committee, delegates might have conflicting country policies — their positions — but if they take the time to understand each other’s underlying interests,¬†they can often compromise on ideas, operative clauses, and resolutions.

Yale acappella group Out of the Blue also performed:

The justices of the International Criminal Court were eager to get started:

Check back throughout the weekend for more YMUN liveblog coverage!

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