October 1, 2009

Celebrate United Nations Day

On the official “United Nations Day”, Friday October 23rd 2009, over 300 students spanning the East Coast will come together to experience what it really feels like to be a part of the most prominent international organization, the United Nations.

Dressed up in professional business attire, students from all types of ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds will have an opportunity to step outside their comfort zone to discuss tough topics in heated debates, such as ethics regarding child soldiers, with the objective of creating a resolution the majority of their committee can agree upon. In stark contrast to the education realm where students form and speak their own personal opinions, they now must act as delegates from an assigned foreign country, and remain in character according to the stances that these diplomats may take.

Think its easy? Try having to represent China in the Human Rights Commission.

By setting aside personal opinion, the students are forced to view global events and circumstances differently, which always causes a bit of unease due to the challenging and controversial topics. After months of research using foreign media outlets, current and past United Nations resolutions, and resources from libraries, students attempt to gain a deeper understanding of how foreign diplomats think. Model United Nations sets to provide an outlet for students to gain a better understanding of the world, without ever having to leave the country!

As we continue to trudge through a troubled economy, many universities have unfortunately dropped Model UN programs from school funding, decreasing opportunities for these individuals to thrive and grow. How can we expect to ensure our brightest students are utilizing the most of their potential when opportunities such as this intellectually stimulating and hands on conference are taken away with schools now unable to afford it?

Here at UNC Charlotte, we believe in opening a window of opportunities to all students who wish to take advantage of it! With the generous funding provided by the University, UNC Charlotte’s Model United Nations team is proud to offer the first ever fee-free conference on the East Coast! We are very honored to be able to present this conference free of cost to talented individuals who want to make a difference in the world.

UNC Charlotte’s Model UN team has been incredibly successful in producing top-talent individuals by offering an environment which encourages creative thinking. After our team hosts the annual Carolina’s Conference, we go onto competing in competitions across the United States and the globe, including the League of Arab States, South Regional, and Harvard World Conference. These conferences also build and strengthen public speaking and networking skills which students take with them throughout their lives. Helping us earn over 100 awards from conferences all over the world, our Model UN alumni have gone on to the U.S. Department of Defense, the Peace Corps, law schools, executive business positions, and more!

Come see on Friday October 23, 2009 why Model United Nations plays such a big role in fostering success in the lives of so many. Join us in celebrating United Nations Day by experiencing this grand international affair!

~Niza Sulahry
Director General
UNC Charlotte MUN

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