Seven NOVA students participated in the 2018 National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York on March 26-30. NOVA students had the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the United Nations, develop communication and diplomacy skills, and negotiate viable solutions for the most pressing problems facing the international community. This year NOVA’s Model United Nations delegation represented the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in seven distinct committees modeled after the UN, discussing topics such as ensuring equitable access to education, the effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of all human rights, and the role of youth in global peacebuilding.
At the start of the Fall 2017 semester, NOVA’s delegation met every week to prepare for the competition. Delegates became familiar with the policies of Bangladesh, wrote position papers detailing Bangladesh’s views on various committee topics, received negotiation training, and learned public speaking skills. In addition, the delegation Skyped with the Asia Foundation’s Country Representative for Bangladesh, Sara Taylor. Taylor has more than 19 years of international development experience in democracy and governance in politically unstable, ethnically diverse, transition and post-conflict contexts. She is currently stationed in Bangladesh and provided key insights to the current state of affairs in the country. The students also hosted bakes sales and wrote sponsorship letters to fundraise the cost of attendance.
The students delivered original speeches and collaborated on written committee resolutions to their various topics at the conference. They also attended a session in the General Assembly Hall of the UN and meet with Counsellor Faiyaz Murshid Kazi for Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the UN. Counsellor Kazi shared the positions of the Bangladesh government in great detail with the NOVA delegation allowing our students the ability to accurately and strategically represent the country at the conference.
The NOVA Model UN Delegation is proud to have represented the College and Bangladesh at NMUN. The delegation would like to thank the NOVA College-Wide Student Life Office, AN Student Life Office, AL Liberal Arts Division, and NOVA Honors for their support. The delegation is already making plans to attend conferences next year. If you are interested in joining NOVA’s Model UN or would like more information, please email the delegation’s advisor, Linda Campos. If you are interested in reading more about the conference go to www.nmun.org.