Category: MUN

  • Winona Johnson on being Secretary General

    I interviewed Winona Johnson about her role this year at MUN. Winona is the 2017 Secretary-General at the Minnesota Model UN. Becoming Secretary General is a long and challenging process that secretariats endure, but Winona was determined to do it. Q: How did you become Secretary-General? A: “I started as a Secretariat and went through an election process. Every evening… Continue reading "Winona Johnson on being Secretary General"

  • The First Resolution

    The First Resolution has been passed today by the Mondale-Legal Committee on the topic of Multinational Corporation Tax Evasion. The resolution states that “tax evasion by multinational corporations is a significant problem today, on a global scale.” Recognizing it as a problem was its first order of business. The Resolution then goes on to explain that the corporations have no… Continue reading "The First Resolution"

  • I Yield My Time

    You know the current topic like the back of your hand. You’ve heard other delegates speaking before you and now, it’s your turn. Looking out from the podium is a bit nerve-wracking at first, but as you continue speaking, you get into a rhythm. Soon, diplomatic eloquence is flowing out of you like you have been blessed by Walter Mondale… Continue reading "I Yield My Time"

  • “ ‘Can We Have Our Missiles Back?’ … ‘No’ ”

    “What do we have to do to get this resolution signed?!” exclaimed the delegate from the Russian Federation. “That is an excellent question that I don’t know the answer to!” stated the council’s secretariat Nick McGrath. Today, the Historic Security Council was given back its resolution on the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait because of the unfavourable precedent it set. The… Continue reading "“ ‘Can We Have Our Missiles Back?’ … ‘No’ ”"

  • ISIS Crisis

    By: Alex Silvestri Every year at Model United Nations the Security Council undergoes a late night crisis. The crisis timing and topics are kept top secret throughout the conference and are only released once the delegates are in the room and the crisis is underway. During the crisis they are woken up in the middle of the night and brought… Continue reading "ISIS Crisis"

  • Historic Security Council

    By: Kyoka Millard After nearly four hours of debate, the Historic Security Council drafted a resolution regarding the Vietnam War. It called for establishing forces between North and South Korea along the 17th parallel, and seceding all foreign troops from the area. However, South Korea was against such actions, as they feared they would not be able to defend themselves… Continue reading "Historic Security Council"

  • Secretariat prove essential to conference success

    By: Jack Ellis Among the 700 students participating in this year’s Model United Nations are 28 college-aged young adults committed to making the program an unforgettable experience: the secretariat. In a broad sense, a secretariat is “an administrative department of a governmental organization [lead by] a Secretary General,” according to the Merriam-Webster English Dictionary. At the Model United Nations Conference,… Continue reading "Secretariat prove essential to conference success"

  • ICJ Overview

    By: Alex Silvestri “ICJ” is something heard frequently in the halls of the Marriott, often in the midst of a hot debate, but many are unsure of what it means. “ICJ” stands for International Court of Justice, and is the judicial sector of Model UN. Delegates from a select group of countries including the United States, Russian Federation, U.K., Italy,… Continue reading "ICJ Overview"

  • MUN Sees Record Growth In Students

    By: Kyoka Millard This year, Model United Nations has a record number of participants, with over 700 delegates in attendance. “We’ve been crediting it to just having a really good year last year,” says Sam Alley, state program director. “We had a bunch of students who took leadership in their delegation.” With nearly 150 more participants than last year, the… Continue reading "MUN Sees Record Growth In Students"

  • Opening Ceremony

    By: Alex Silvestri Opening ceremony began with the wise words of Brent Horwart, first undersecretary-general, reminding delegates that they are here to represent real voices and speak for the people living in silence. Horwart finished his speech with a quote from Socialist activist Bayard Rustin, leaving the delegates with food for thought as they go into the weekend, “Continuous resistance… Continue reading "Opening Ceremony"