The 2011 New York City National Model United Nation Conference,
A delegation of 12 Green Mountain College students are participating in New York City 2011 National Model UN Conference from April 17th-22nd, 2011. Over the past four years, Green Mountain College Model United Nations Team has existed as a prospect for students to receive an extracurricular education in international affairs. This year the GMC delegation is more confident in preparation for this event due to past experiences of students and alumni. The delegation have had another semester of doing hard work, preparation, research and reading the UN resolutions, treaties, conventions, UN Charter, the Eight Millennium Development Goals. More importantly, our delegates have been researching about Ethiopia. In order to represent a country well, one needs to have enough knowledge about that country. Our delegates are learning about Ethiopia’s history, economy, culture, religions, geography, politics and the relationship of the country with its neighboring countries and the world.
The 2011 NMUN Conference is taking place in the heart of New York City, Time Square, at Sheraton Hotel. The closing and opening ceremonies will be held at the UN Headquarter. The prominent past speakers at this conference have been Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, the UN Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan. The delegations hope to have one of them to speak at the 2011 NMUN Conference.
The NMUN 2011 will bring more than 4,000 delegates from five continents and over thirty countries to New York City. This conference will include more than 20 committees. The delegation of Green Mountain College is representing The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at General Assembly 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Committees, the African Development Bank, the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Committee, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The mean purpose of National Model UN Conference is to give a unique opportunity for college students to better understand the inner workings of the United Nations while building skills in diplomacy, compromise, group working and drafting resolutions. Our delegation have worked feverishly to get ready for this conference. Now they are ready to write resolutions addressing regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, women and children, economic and social development, and the environment at six different committees.
Our delegation is a diverse group of informed and committed leaders from U.S, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Nepal, Venezuela, Panama, Moldova, Turks and Caicos Island. As a head delegate, on behalf of our team, I would like thank Student Senate, the Acadmic Departments and the college for providing the delegation team another opportunity to participate at this conference. I would like to thank our wonderful advisor Keith McDade for his help. At the end I would also thank the shining delegates for working extremely hard to prepare for the conference. We are ready to present Green Mountain College and Ethiopia proudly at the 2011 National Model UN Conference.
GMC 2011 National Model UN Head Delegate