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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts & Science

Wyoming Model United Nations 
Fostering Sustainable Development and Security in a Complex World
University of Wyoming - Laramie, Wyoming
April 20-21, 2012
 

 

University of Wyoming Global & Area Studies Program Hosts Model UN and participates in National Model United Nations in New York

 

The UW Global & Area Studies Program hosted the 1st Wyoming Model United Nations from April 20-21, 2012 in Laramie.  High School and College teams from Green River High School, Jackson High School, Kelly Walsh High School, Eastern Wyoming College, Casper College, Central Wyoming College, Northwest College and the University of Wyoming represented 70 different countries on four committees:  Security Council, General Assembly, Human Rights Council and the UN Development Program (UNDP).  Approximately 140 delegates gathered to debate issues such as the crisis in Syria and the responsibility to protect in the Security Council, terrorism and WMDs in the General Assembly along with Palestinian statehood, human trafficking in the Human Rights Council, and response to a tsunami and earthquake off the coast of Viet Nam in the UNDP.

 

Students from the schools met in three sessions across two days to address global problems and to work to build consensus on global action.  In his keynote address during the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Carl Hartzell Hartzell, the Milward L. Simpson Visiting Professor in Political Science and a career diplomat with the European Union and Swedish Foreign Ministry, challenged delegates to  know their bottom line, stretch for more, but also to know when to compromise to move forward the multilateral diplomatic process.  The work done by the students at the first Wyoming Model United Nations at UW embodied this spirit, as students learned how multilateral diplomacy works, and what can be accomplished when students seek to build consensus around global solutions.  As Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon explains:  "

As the young leaders of tomorrow, you have the passion and energy and commitment to make a difference. What I'd like to really urge you do is to have a global vision. Go beyond your country; go beyond your national boundaries"

"You have to work and think about how we can make this world a better place for all. This is what I'd really like to ask our young leaders. We will try as leaders of today to minimize the problems which we will hand over to you. But it is to you. You have to take ownership and leadership of tomorrow. For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s remarks to the 2010 Young Atlanticist Summit Lisbon, Portugal, 20 November 2010

 

As Dr. Jean Garrison, Director of International Studies and organizer of the event notes, “through the two-day UN simulation students worked and found their own global solutions to common global problems.  They succeeded in the task to represent their country’s interests, and learned how to work through differences to find those common solutions to push forward the cause of peace and understanding.

 

Julia Lausch, a graduate student in International Studies/Environment Natural Resources, who served as the WMUN Secretary-General opened the conference by noting that…. the Model United Nations conference “is a chance for us all to think seriously about real world issues and solutions.  As we embody the perspective of our assigned countries, we challenge ourselves to think outside the box. We must come together to build consensus. Rather than let ideas divide us, let them unite us. I look forward to learning from you and I thank you in advance for your effort to make the first Wyoming Model United Nations a success.”

 

Amanda King, a senior in International Studies who chaired the General Assembly notes "We watched the students grow more than even they probably knew they could. It is a meaningful accomplishment to approach the most challenging issues of our time and successfully navigate the delicate balance between accurately representing your country's position and building consensus through cooperation. The WMUN delegates did that very well, and I believe they will always benefit from the experience of diplomatically negotiating today's most urgent global concerns."

 

The Wyoming Model UN was staffed by student volunteers who were part of the UW team representing Viet Nam in the National Model United Nations in New York earlier in April.  The UW students received an Outstanding Delegation Award – Honorable Mention for their accurate portrayal of Viet Nam’s interests in their committees.  One delegate, Charles “Rex” Schull, junior in International Studies received the individual award for Outstanding Delegate – Honorable Mention for his work in the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).  The Wyoming Model UN Team representing Viet Nam at the National Model United Nations included Brandon Kaiser senior in International Studies, Boubacar Sylla senior in International Studies, David Demic senior in Journalism, Sanjeev Gurung senior in International Studies, Chris Browne senior in Political Science, Samantha Belisle junior in political science, Mikole Bede senior in history and political Science, Nick Olson senior international Studies, Charles ‘Rex’ Schull junior in International Studies and Amanda King senior in International Studies.


The Wyoming Model United Nations was made possible by a grant by the Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies Foreign Language (UISFL) Program which partnered UW International Studies with Wyoming’s seven community colleges to promote international studies curriculum and discussions of important international issues in Wyoming communities.  Partners with the International Studies Program included the Wyoming Humanities Council, UW Office of the President, Office of Student Affairs, the Wyoming School-University Partnership, and the Department of Political Science.  InterConnections 21 in Jackson and the Teton County Model United Nations served an important consulting role.

 

Outstanding Delegate Awards  for WMUN

Security Council

Outstanding Delegate

1.      United States, University of Wyoming

2.      United Kingdom, Northwest College

 

Honorable Mention

1.      Brazil, Green River High School

2.      Germany, Green River High School

 

General Assembly

Outstanding Delegate

1.      Iran, Central Wyoming College 

2.      Iraq, Northwest College 

 

Honorable Mention

1.      Egypt, Eastern Wyoming College

2.      United Kingdom, Northwest College

3.      United States, University of Wyoming

4.      Japan, Kelly Walsh

 

UNDP

Outstanding Delegate

1.      Iran, Central Wyoming College

2.      Mexico, University of Wyoming

Honorable Mention

1.      United Kingdom, Northwest College

2.      Ireland, University of Wyoming

 

Human Rights Council

Outstanding Delegate

1.      Czech Republic, Jackson Hole High School

 

Honorable Mention

1.      United States, University of Wyoming

2.      Peru, University of Wyoming

3.      Costa Rica, Casper College

 

Please shred the Anthony Vander Kolk, United States, University of Wyoming Position Paper Award.  He has been awarded an Outstanding Delegate Award Instead

 

WMUN Position Paper Awards

SC

Best Paper

1.      United Kingdom, Northwest College

 

Honorable Mention

1.      Brazil, Green River High School

2.      Nigeria, Eastern Wyoming College

 

GA

Best Paper

2.      United Kingdom, Northwest College

3.      Brazil, Green River High School

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