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Model United Nations to New York City

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Ohio Northern Model United Nations team attended the National Model United Nations Conference, New York held at the Marriot Marquis Hotel and the United Nations General Assembly from March 30th to April 3. Over 390 universities worldwide participated in the simulation.

The team, representing Ecuador, participated in eight committees that include General Assembly Plenary, three General Assembly committees , Commission on the Status of Women, Economic Commission for Latin America, International Atomic Energy Agency and Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The team were actively involved in committee sessions, debating, negotiating, coordinating with fellow delegates with the view to making recommendations to resolve global various problems . The team made concrete suggestions, drafted and passed resolutions with other delegates to deal with sensitive global issues such as the elimination of international terrorism, illicit arms sales, combating maritime piracy, global warming, implementation of global standard education women’s equal participation in conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding , women’s role in capacity building, strengthening social protection for the most vulnerable and nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.

The members of the team in attendance were Dan Jones- head delegate, Kerrie Bell, Brandon Bryant, Zachary Esterline, , Megan Piersol, Rochelle Reamy, Steven Saunier, Hannah Shreffler, Kelly Morman and Leeann Sullivan, with Professor Kofi Nsia-Pepra as the student advisor.

The team also called on the Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United Nations and his staff officers and had a fruitful interaction and discussion with them on mentioned global issues. The Model UN simulation equips global future leaders with the skills of diplomacy, negotiation, coordination, accommodation in the spirit of multilateralism to deal with the global challenges we face as a community of nations today. Dr. Nsia-Pepra was impressed with the eagerness and enthusiasm of the team, especially the new members, in learning to solve problems in an amenable but very tasking atmosphere. He encourages students from all departments to join the Model UN.