HS Model UN team impresses at virtual conference, reported by MWHS senior Charles Liu

on April 5, 2021

On March 20th, the Monroe-Woodbury Model United Nations club (MW MUN) hosted its first virtual conference, covering well more than sixty students across six schools in the New York-New Jersey region. Model UN is an internationally recognized extra-curricular activity in which students, or “delegates,” simulate UN committees and multilateral bodies ranging from General Assemblies, Specialized/Regional Committees, Crisis Committees and even fictitious committees with the intention of learning how the UN operates and promoting UN values and its Sustainable Development Goals.

For this conference especially, the officer team wanted to bring attention to issues that have not been fully addressed in today’s society such as Organ Trafficking as addressed by the World Health Organization committee (WHO), the Rights of Native Americans as addressed by the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), the rise of Chinese influence in Africa as addressed by the African Union (AU), the Illicit Arm Trade in Africa as addressed by the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), and a Historical Committee regarding the Berlin Wall.

The officer team is extremely impressed with the skill exhibited by the M-W delegation with most of them only having been to one conference to date. Among the award winners are Jenna Rowen-Delson and Matthew Graves who were awarded Best Delegate and Samantha Curran and Ashok Sathiyamoorthy who were awarded Best Position Paper.

MW Model UN has two more conferences for this school year hosted by Pearl River High School and Paramus High School. There is a lot to learn and a lot of meaningful preparations for the real world, so if you, or someone you know, is interested in joining one of the largest extracurricular programs recognized at both the high school and collegiate level, consider joining Model UN.

reported by Charles Liu, Class of 2021