Past MUN Conferences
This is a list of conferences attended by JCU's Model United Nations Society:
Dates: 18-19 April
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Dates: 13-17 March
Location: Rome, Italy
Country Represented in Simulation: Finland
Location: Melbourne, Australia
For this conference Donatella Gomez-Paloma and Francisco infante represented Afghanistan in a general assembly council. Anthony Vanicek represented Afghanistan in ECOSOC.
Dates: 1-3 November
Location: Oxford England
Anthony Vanicek, Iglika Mancheva, and Francisco Infante attended this OxIMUN conference. Anthony Vanicek directed the historical security council which dealt with the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Dates: 7-11 March
Location: Rome, Italy
Dates: 20-22 February
Location: London, England
Dates: 28-30 October
Location: Oxford, England
Seven students went to Oxford England to participate in OxIMUN and Anthony Vanicek directed the United Nations Environmental Council. Giulia Campagna won an honorable mention award in an ECOSOC committee.
Dates: 19-23 March
Location: Rome, Italy
Location: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Country Represented in Simulation: Rwanda
Guilia Campagna represented Rwanda in a committee that deliberated the international response to tsunami's and international efforts to strengthen tsunami warning systems. In addition, Hannah Wolkwitz, who was in the security council received a best delegation.
Dates: 14-19 March
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Country Represented in Simulation: Somalia
Dates: 12-15 November
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
At SMUN seven students from John Cabot University were in attendance. Anthony Vanicek and Alexandra Genovese represented Peru in the ECOSOC council regarding the trafficking of narcotics in Latin America and won a best delegation award. Robert Moyers and Irma Orlandi represented Peru in the General Assembly. Anthony Vanicek and Alexandra Genovese won best delegate awards for their exceptional representation of Peru.
NMUN at UN Headquarters 2009
Dates: 5-11 April
Location: Sheraton Hotel and Marriott Hotel, New York, USA
Country Represented in Simulation: Iceland
A delegation of John Cabot University students participated in the National Model
United Nations Conference held earlier this month in New York City. The students represented
the Republic of Iceland. They took active part in several General Assembly committees
and discussed contemporary, international issues.
They also met the Permanent Diplomatic Mission of Iceland to the United Nations including H.E. Ambassador Gunnar Pálsson and Counselor Emil Breki Hreggviðsson who provided them with updated material on the country's position regarding different issues before the conference.
The JCU Model United Nations students who participated were Ian Foley, Kate Francis, Alexandra Genovese, Rose Jeremie, Giulia Lorenzini, Irma Orlandi, Marynna Saatdjian, Oskar von Schreeb and Andrea Tomassini.
The trip was funded by JCU as well as by a Brian John Hayden Grant, awarded by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), which covered part of the application fee. The NCCA, through its National Model United Nations Conference, offers students the opportunity to discuss global concerns in a context that closely parallels the "real world."
Students from five continents work enthusiastically to propose resolutions that address regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, women and children, economic and social development, and the environment.
NMUN programs provide students with a better understanding of the inner working of the United Nations as they build skills in diplomacy and compromise.
Dates: 22-27 March
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Country Represented in Simulation: Slovenia
For three years, John Cabot has fielded a Model UN team that competes internationally
against some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world. During
spring break, the Model UN team attended its second conference of the year, WorldMUN,
which was sited in The Hague, Netherlands. The conference, organized by Harvard University
and a consortium of Dutch universities, is one of the largest in the world with over
2,500 delegates from over 200 different universities.
John Cabot, which represented Slovenia, was present in NATO, WHO and WTO. In these committees, John Cabot delegates debated real-world issues from a Slovenian point of view. The goal for each committee was to compose a resolution that received broad consensus and that could pass with a majority vote after almost a full week of debate. All three committees succeeded in this regard, passing resolutions on topics as diverse as Afghan strategy, water security and agricultural subsidies.
WorldMUN was not just about the committee meetings. The conference organizers threw a party almost every night from a club in Amsterdam to the North Sea and even in the main venue of the Hague Philharmonic. These social events gave delegates an opportunity to discuss their topics outside of the meetings and also to make new friends from all around the world. Additionally, tours of the many NGO's and IGO's of The Hague took place all week including visits to international tribunals all over the city.
Outside help was vital to making the Slovenian delegation from John Cabot a success. The university has provided generous support both in terms of donations but also in the form of encouragement during the team's many fundraisers (including memorable Jeopardy! Games and bake sales.) The team also received support from the Slovenian ambassador, who sent a packet of material related to Slovenia's delegation to the UN and to NATO.
Dates: 13-15 February
Location: London, United Kingdom
Country Represented in Simulation: Switzerland
John Cabot's Model UN Team is taking off by leaps and bounds. Its first conference
took place on the first weekend of February at the London International Model UN (LiMUN),
which was organized by a group of London universities headed by Kings College. John
Cabot, which has sent a delegation to LiMUN two years in a row, has become a fixture
for the conference and assigned to represent Switzerland this year, an honor for such
a small school.
For three days, John Cabot students represented Switzerland in the committees of the UN and debated real world topics. Like other Model UN conferences, the goal is to pass a resolution with broad support. Though exhausted, the John Cabot delegates succeeded in representing the interests of Switzerland and including its clauses in all of the resolutions that passed. Conference organizers also provided guest speakers from the many IGO's and NGO's of London to speak to the committees about pressing issues that their real world counterparts were grappling with. This provided a welcome respite from the vigorous debate and negotiations taking place during the rest of the weekend.
The Model UN Team enjoyed support both from the community and from the university, which generously helped pay for the budget. The difference was paid for bake sales and the annual student-faculty Jeopardy! game. The team also received a personal letter from the Swiss ambassador to Rome along with a packet of brochures, DVDs and books about the Swiss delegation to the UN and on the topics discussed in committee sessions.
Dates: 8-10 February
Location: London, United Kingdom
Country Represented in Simulation: Turkmenistan and Uruguay
The London MUN took place in February 8-10 in London's King College campus. The conference
included students and delegations from universities around the world, including the
United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Bangladesh, India, Ireland
In contrast to last year's JCU-MUN club of six members, this year, the team consisted of 15 students and 2 faculty advisers. The newly formed team prepared for the simulation by sitting through public speaking lectures and taking part in negotiation simulations and collaborative meetings on rules and procedures of the MUN -- always keeping in mind the committees and their underlying topics.
In London, JCU represented two countries: Turkmenistan and Uruguay, in more than 7 committees of the UN for each country. The students took on the role of delegates in specific topics for each committee. They researched their positions comprehensively before attending the conference. As a result of this experience, the students were provided with the technical skills required for formal MUN debate as well as knowledge about different country's perspectives on the issues discussed. Moreover, the students gained further negotiation, resolution-building and diplomacy skills along the way. "The most important thing is how you present yourself and to know as much as possible about the topic at hand," said Emily Menard, a JCU MUN team member in a meeting with Dean Merva on February 27.
Currently, the MUN team is in a vital process of determining the organizational structure so that future conferences will be easier to coordinate and members will be equipped with more sophisticated training. Furthermore, the team is discussing the growth possibilities for the future, and will soon be voting for various positions such as the president and fund-raising chairs.
John Cabot University can confidently expect its MUN team to play an important role in international MUN simulations in the future.
Harvard National MUN 2007
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Country Represented in Simulation: Croatia
Six students braved the odds against snow storms and stranded professors to make it
- alone - to the Harvard National Model UN in Boston, USA.
Adea Kryeziu, Tim Loveland, Giorgio Orlandi, Elena Ravano, Sophia Wiik and Nermina Sljivo land in a middle of a snowstorm in Boston (the very same that detained their advisor in Chicago) as the John Cabot University contingent to this prestigious event on February 14, 2007.
Each university was conferred with a country whose political perspective and interests they were to 'represent' in the General Assembly, and our students were attributed the Republic of Croatia. All agreed that it was an interesting country to represent due to JCU's proximity to and extensive study of the Balkans, and the influence of Croatia's candidacy of the EU on diplomatic negotiations. Each member was also assigned to a different committee to gain a further dimension to the negotiations; Adea Kryeziu to the Legal Committee, Tim Loveland to Disarmament and International Security, Giorgio Orlandi to the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, Elena Ravano to the Special Political and Decolonization Colonization, Sophia Wiik to the World Health Organization and Nermina Sljivo to the Economic and Financial Committee. They discussed and debated topics ranging from the Third World Debt, multinational corporations and international law, to human organ trafficking, Iran, enslavement and the political future of Iraq. In so doing, they gained a valuable insight into global diplomacy and sought to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired at JCU to current world issues, while learning something new. As Tim stated; "it was truly a growing experience in every respect of the word. The event was well organized and consequently well executed. The preparation on the side of my fellow JCU students certainly paid off and I believe that we were well-represented from the standpoint of regional politics."
Students also had the opportunity to meet and attend the lecture of Prof. Dani Rodrik, the Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and one of the teachers in the MPA/ID Program. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development and political economy, focusing his research on the constituents of good economic policy and its selective adoption by governments.