This spring, a select group of Green Mountain College students are gearing up to attend an international political debate conference in NYC and at the United Nations Headquarters in lower Manhattan called MUN. Model United Nations is national collegiate conference that has met for over 45 years with the intention of bringing college level students and young people together to become the next generation’s young global leaders.
Their mission statement is as follows: “The NCCA is a nonprofit organization that advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. We positively affect the lives of participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict.We envision a world comprised of civically engaged people who strive for peaceful, multi-lateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development.”Some schools experience MUN as a collegiate club activity such as GMC does, however, in many schools elsewhere MUN is offered as a class within itself and it can be taken for credit due to the extensive amount of academic work that is expected if you choose to be involved.
This past semester I was accepted halfway through the year, meaning I had/still have a lot to catch up on. Each school in attendance is given a country to represent and debate in favor of, and this year GMC was given the African country of the Republic of Kenya.
After being accepted by GMC’s branch, I was given the responsibility of solely representing the Economic Commission Committee of Kenya. For this committee, I had to write a policy paper that would be submitted for the economic commission of all countries coming to debate.
This paper supported three subtopics, Innovative Financing for Africa’s Transformation, Access to Energy, and Including Vulnerable Populations in Economic and Social Development.
From these topics, only one will be chosen to discuss at the week-long conference in NY. What an exciting, and anticipatory process! Can’t wait to leave in two weeks! Wish us luck!