MACMUN: McMaster Model United Nations applications close November 13

November 12, 2015 at 15:59 pm

The McMaster Model United Nations conference will take place from February 26-28, 2016. The conference will be a simulation of a real United Nations conference, organized and attended by McMaster undergraduate students, as the largest event in McMaster University’s Perspectives on Peace campaign. The conference will feature two full days of skill-building through debate, presentations, and negotiation, as well as networking opportunities, an influential keynote speaker, and a formal dinner. Registration is free. Applications close Friday, November 13 at 11:59pm.

 

The conference is attended by delegates on several different committees who represent countries with diverse perspectives on global issues. Each committee is assigned specific issues which delegates debate and discuss in the hopes of reaching resolutions, using tactics such as diplomacy, persuasion, and compromise. The designated committees for McMaster’s Model United Nations conference will be the General Assembly (GA), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the Security Council. Each committee will be presented with several real-world problems to be debated, with the ultimate goal of reaching meaningful resolutions.

 

The UN is currently in the process of transitioning from the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in 2000 to seventeen new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on eradicating poverty, slowing climate change, and fighting inequality and injustice. In support of the new SDGs, the McMaster Model UN will address present-day issues of water security with an underlying emphasis on peace and sustainable development. Delegates will be given the opportunity to engage with international affairs and develop relevant solutions to global challenges.

 

“The Model United Nations is a perfect example of what McMaster University is all about,” said Dr. Patrick Deane, President of McMaster University. “The conference will encourage students to see the products of their undergraduate experience—skills built, perspectives formed, and knowledge constructed—as tools of social and global justice, and will, I hope, demonstrate that our collective responsibility for peace manifests in the willingness to learn about experiences, opinions and perspectives different from our own.”

 

Check out the video prepared by the Office of the President. As the date of the conference approaches, follow the discussion on social via the hashtag #MACMUN2016. For more information, please visit peace.mcmaster.ca/model-united-nations or contact:

 

Teddy Saull

Assistant to the President, Institutional Initiatives

saulles@mcmaster.ca

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