UNA Leeds lights up New York
Six students from the university recently attended a debating conference at the United Nations in New York, with the help of funding from the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).
After beating off tough competition from other universities around the world, the university Model United Nations (MUN) club was awarded ten places at the prestigious National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York, USA.
Thanks to funding from their parent school, the POLIS students along with students from the School of Law and Leeds University Business School, represented the delegation of Bulgaria at the mock UN style event, which brings together over five thousand students from five continents.
Debating a wide range of issues from; international security and disarmament, sustainable development to human rights; the ‘delegates’ worked in pairs to put together working papers and resolutions in the true style of the UN; lobbying hard and using all their diplomatic skills to work together with other students from all over the world, each representing a different member state.
The most memorable part of the four-day conference however was the final plenary session of the three General Assembly committees and closing ceremony which took place in the General Assembly Hall. Other highlights included delegate seminars on topics such as ways to support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the role of social media in international affairs and women, peace and security.
The hardworking and dedicated team of students rounded off the conference partying with their fellow delegates at the Delegate Dance and enjoying a couple of days of sightseeing at the end of their trip.
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UNA Leeds are involved in raising awareness about the work of the United Nations amongst not only the students at the University of Leeds, but also surrounding schools and communities through their educational outreach programme. They have Model UN sessions, in which they formally simulate UN committees as well as representing the University of Leeds at various prestigious Model UN conferences around the world.