On Saturday, November 11, high school and college students from across the Inland Empire attended the Practice Academic Conference for Model United Nations (PACMUN). The conference was designed for students new to Model UN that are interested in learning about and practicing the skills necessary for success in future Model UN conferences, such as National Model United Nations (NMUN)-Canada and NMUN-New York.
Tori Cox, a second year Riverside City College (RCC) student planning to transfer to California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) will be going on her first international trip to the NMUN-Canada conference this month. "I am less nervous than excited about this trip," Miss Cox said. "Thanks to the MUN program, I am confident about my chances in Canada."
Model United Nations is an organization that has students represent a country in a mock United Nations setting. It advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. It positively affects the lives of participants and prepares them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict. It envisions a world comprised of civically engaged people who strive for peaceful, multilateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development.
Savannah Petty, a junior at Ramona High School in Moreno Valley, has only been a part of her school's MUN team for four months. "I first learned about MUN at a school club rush and I decided that this was the year to do it," she said. "I really enjoy being surrounded by students that want to learn and I've learned how to establish a position on a topic and being decisive."
Students at PACMUN were split into two conferences representing two different United Nations committees. High school students participated in a United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) committee meeting and collaborated on working papers dealing with the topic of environmental degradation in conflict areas. College students participated in a United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) committee and collaborated on working papers dealing with the topic of reducing the negative effects of globalization.
Caleb Ragan, a first year RCC student studying political science who will also be attending the NMUN-Canada conference, first learned about MUN at RCC during a class announcement in his comparative political science class. "Because of MUN, I've learned how to research a topic," he said. "Normal classes say 'Read this book and write about it,' but not MUN." MUN has also had a positive on Mr. Ragan's life goals. "I'm planning on transferring to UCLA and MUN has been a pivotal factor in my collegiate goal. MUN has been intense, but rewarding."
The Center for International Trade Development was one of the sponsors of PACMUN. CITD is also sponsoring the Inland Empire Conference-Model United Nations (IECMUN) scheduled for February 3, 2018. For more information on how to register your school's MUN team for this upcoming conference or to learn how to start a Model United Nations team at your school, contact CITD today!