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Beyond Model UN: Simulating Multilevel, Multiactor Diplomacy with the Millennium Development Goals
Unformatted Document Text:  Crossley-Frolick various learning environments. These include large conferences (2,000 or more students) that simulate all major UN bodies attended by student delegates from various college and university campuses from around the world, such as National Model United Nations (NMUN) or Harvard Model United Nations (HNMUN). In 2007 the National Model United Nations conference in New York City hosted 4,051 student delegates from 266 colleges and universities around the world. 50% of the delegates came from outside U.S. 3 Founded in 1955, Harvard National Model United Nations boasts its reputation as “the largest, oldest and most prestigious conference” that draws over 2,500 students and faculty together from colleges and universities around the world. 4 The format can also be applied to smaller conferences that limit themselves in terms of UN bodies represented or historical period, 5 or in-class simulations. Regardless of the size or shape of such simulations, the goals are essentially the same: to put the students into the role of ambassadors (or “delegates” in typical Model UN parlance) to debate a set of agenda items using some variant of parliamentary rules of procedure, and to negotiate with other “delegates” in the drafting of resolutions, or in some cases committee reports. 3 http://www.nmun.org/nmun_demographics.htm. Accessed February 1, 2008. This particular conference achieved a record level of student interest in 2007, forcing the organization to create two simulations running simultaneously. 4 http://www.hnmun.org/2008/websys.exe?file=about/history.html. Accessed February 1, 2008. 5 ChoMUN’s website (Chicago Model United Nations) hosted at the University of Chicago advertises “fourteen small, fast-paced crisis committees spanning seven centuries of world history from China to the New World.” http://chomun.uchicago.edu/index.htm. Accessed January 30, 2008.These include simulations from the United Nations Security Council, European Summit 2008, NATO, as well as an array of historically based simulations, including President Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet, the Court of Charles V and the Hapsburgs, Henry VIII’s Council. In a similar vein, McGill Model UN (McMUN) offers an annual simulation of the UN’s General Assembly, Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council as well as several specialized agencies (International Atomic Energy Agency) and crisis committees (United States National Security Council, the French Cabinet under President Nicolas Sarkozy, Soviet Command in Afghanistan 1985) 6

Authors: Crossley-Frolick, Katy.
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various learning environments. These include large conferences (2,000 or more
students) that simulate all major UN bodies attended by student delegates from
various college and university campuses from around the world, such as National
Model United Nations (NMUN) or Harvard Model United Nations (HNMUN). In
2007 the National Model United Nations conference in New York City hosted
4,051 student delegates from 266 colleges and universities around the world.
50% of the delegates came from outside U.S.
Founded in 1955, Harvard
National Model United Nations boasts its reputation as “the largest, oldest and
most prestigious conference” that draws over 2,500 students and faculty together
from colleges and universities around the world.
The format can also be applied
to smaller conferences that limit themselves in terms of UN bodies represented
or historical period,
or in-class simulations. Regardless of the size or shape of
such simulations, the goals are essentially the same: to put the students into the
role of ambassadors (or “delegates” in typical Model UN parlance) to debate a
set of agenda items using some variant of parliamentary rules of procedure, and
to negotiate with other “delegates” in the drafting of resolutions, or in some cases
committee reports.
3
conference achieved a record level of student interest in 2007, forcing the organization to create
two simulations running simultaneously.
4
5
ChoMUN’s website (Chicago Model United Nations) hosted at the University of Chicago
advertises “fourteen small, fast-paced crisis committees spanning seven centuries of world
history from China to the New World.” http://chomun.uchicago.edu/index.htm. Accessed January
30,
2008.These include simulations from the United Nations Security Council, European Summit
2008, NATO, as well as an array of historically based simulations, including President Abraham
Lincoln’s Cabinet, the Court of Charles V and the Hapsburgs, Henry VIII’s Council. In a similar
vein, McGill Model UN (McMUN) offers an annual simulation of the UN’s General Assembly,
Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council as well as several specialized agencies
(International Atomic Energy Agency) and crisis committees (United States National Security
Council, the French Cabinet under President Nicolas Sarkozy, Soviet Command in Afghanistan
1985)
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