Seven Cameron University students recently participated in the Midwest Model United Nations 59th Session in St. Louis, Mo. The Cameron contingent served as the delegation from Ethiopia in a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council during four days of competition. Midwest Model U.N. is an annual conference that serves as a forum for college students to learn about international affairs, diplomacy and teamwork.
“Active participation in the Midwest Model U.N. allows our students to gain an understanding of the complexities of international relations,” says Dr. Wendy Whitman Cobb, Associate Professor of Political Science. “By the end of the conference, they have broadened their perspective of the world of politics.”
CU students participating were Greyson Basham, Clarksburg, W.V., who served on the General Assembly 2nd Committee; Robbie Day, Elgin, World Health Organization; Brandon Gibson, Frederick, General Assembly 4th Committee; Luis Jaquez, Fletcher, Security Council delegate; Daryl Nottingham, Lawton, General Assembly 2nd Committee; Hector Perez-Aponte, Mayaguez, P.R., UNESCO; and Kaysa Williams, General Assembly 3rd Committee.
Perez-Aponte and Day were recognized for their respective committee work. Perez-Aponte received the UNESCO Outstanding Position Paper as well as UNESCO Honorable Mention Outstanding Delegation. Day earned recognition as WHO Honorable Mention Outstanding Delegation.
For the second half of the conference, the committees come together as a general body, during which WHO and UNESCO committees work together on the Economic and Social Council. Day and Perez-Aponte were recognized with UNESCO Outstanding Delegation for their work on this council.
Delegates to the General Assembly discussed illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, the role of science and technology in international security and disarmament (1st Committee), women in development, implementation of the convention on biological diversity (2nd Committee), promoting the inclusion of women and youth in governance, the rights of persons with disabilities (3rd Committee), and assistance in mine action, and international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (4th Committee).
Topics for the Economic and Social Council Plenary were South-South Cooperation, the Use of Restorative Justice Systems, and Sustainable Alternative Development.
World Health Organization delegates discussed Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and International Preparedness for Pandemics.
UNESCO delegates examined Return and Restitution of Cultural Property, Traditional Knowledge Systems, and Bioethics and the Human Genome.
Next year, Cameron’s Midwest Model United Nations team will represent the United States of America.
Cameron University’s participation in the Midwest Model U.N. was funded through the Dr. William L. and Barbara Scearce Endowed Lectureship in Political Science and the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee.
The Midwest Model U.N. has three goals: to promote interest and understanding of the nations of the world; to help students gain a broader perspective of global issues and the role of the United Nations in world politics; and to encourage investigation into the field of international studies.
February 28, 2019