Monday, April 1, 2013

 

UNO Model United Nations Club Wins Five Key Awards at National Conference


The University of New Orleans Model United Nations Club returned this week from a national conference in New York City bearing five key awards.

The UNO Model UN Club sent 18 delegates and one faculty member to the National Model United Nations Conference, held March 24-29 at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels near the United Nations in Manhattan, said UNO Janet Dupuy Colley Professor of International Studies John Hazlett, who is director of the University's bachelor of arts degree program in international studies and teaches the students in the University's Model United Nations Club in his course International Studies 3060 (Model United Nations).  The UNO delegation was assigned to represent the Socialist Republic of Vietnam won the conference's Outstanding Delegation Award, as well as four Outstanding Position Paper Awards.

The team learned in November 2012 that it had been assigned to represent Vietnam at the conference and immediately began preparing by studying Vietnam's history, politics, economy, and culture, said Hazlett. Faculty from UNO's History and Political Science Departments, as well as faculty from Tulane's Department of Anthropology, visited the class to share knowledge and expertise.

Eight committees, made up of two delegates each, submitted to the conference in March 2013 position papers addressing Vietnam's stance on a variety of issues, Hazlett said. The papers served last week as the basis for delegates' arguments in many conference debates.

At the conference, delegation members joined with more than 5,000 college/university delegates to discuss, debate, and propose solutions to current global problems, Hazlett said. More than half of the conference delegates came from outside the U.S.

The 18 UNO delegates represented Vietnam on a total of 24 separate topics bearing heady titles such as: "Reforming Peacekeeping to Strengthen Post-Conflict Stabilization Efforts," "Regulating Information and Telecommunication Technology in the Context of Security," "The Impact of Climate Change on Sustainable Development," "Strengthening the Regulation of International Drug Trafficking," "Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Assistance to Palestinian Refugees," "The Nuclear Situation in North Korea," and "Harnessing Resource Extraction for Further Development Gains."

During downtime, the UNO delegation met for nearly two hours with Vietnam's Permanent Mission to the U.N. and enjoyed a lively question and answer session with Minister Nguyen Trac Ba, Third Secretary Phan Ho The Nam and Third Secretary Vu Thuy Minh.

The delegation spent its last day at the conference in the General Assembly of the United Nations, voting on the GA Resolutions and receiving their awards.  

The UNO delegation consisted of members pursuing various majors, including international studies, psychology, French, history, Spanish, interdisciplinary studies, film and political science, Hazlett. UNO delegates were also diverse in national origin, with members hailing from the U.S., Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, the Philippines, Nepal and Ireland.

 

Faculty Advisor: 

John Hazlett

Director, BA in International Studies Program

Professor, Department of English

 

Head Delegates:

Brett Netto (USA, BAIS)

Anna Marie Walter (Honduras, BAIS)

 

Delegates:

Ashis Dahal (Nepal, BAIS)

Chase Hukins (USA, Spanish/BAIS)

Carolina Andrade (Ecuador, Psychology/Film)*

Eduardo "Jhondie" Abreu (Philippines, IDS)*

Francisco "Kiko" Juelle (Puerto Rico, BAIS)*

Hugo Garza (Mexico,  BAIS)*

Jahi Mackey (USA, BAIS)

Jonathan Lumpkin (USA, History/Political Science)

Katie Pickett (USA, BAIS)*

Karen Lundy (Ireland, BAIS)

Margaret "Margo" Sullivan (USA, BAIS/French)

Michael Bentley (USA, BAIS)*

Minie Taylor (USA, History)*

Romy Lacour (USA, BAIS)

Renee Barrow (USA, History)

Shaniqua Casey (USA, BAIS)*

*Outstanding Position Paper Award recipients

 

Support Team:

Tarryn Hood (USA, BAIS-Asian Studies)