The Delegation of Jilin University is Awarded Honorable Mention and Outstanding Position Paper in 2017 National Model United Nations Conference
The delegation of Jilin University was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference held from April 9th to 13th in New York. The National Collegiate Conference Association Board of Directors of the conference comprehensively assessed the performances, contributions and achievements of 212 delegations, and selected 20 out of them to be awarded Outstanding Position Papers in each committee. Xu Lu, an undergraduate student from JLU’s College of Foreign Languages, and Junior Nhlanhla Ngulube, an international student at JLU’s School of International and Public Affairs, won such award thanks to their excellent performance in the U.N. General Assembly Second Committee.
This NMUN conference attracted the participation of 212 delegations of more than 5,000 university students from all over the world. In the conference, they modeled debates and negotiations, and formed relevant resolutions on hotspot international issues such as human right protection, environment protection, economic and social development, anti-terrorism, education, protection of women’s and children’s rights, and weapons of massive destruction. Conference B (Conf. B) that JLU delegation was in lasted for 5 days, including training sessions on conference schedule, an opening ceremony, committee sessions, U.N. General Assembly/ Economic and Social Council meetings and a closing ceremony.
As designated by the Board of Directors of the NMUN conference, the JLU delegation, on behalf of San Marino’s permanent mission to the U.N., engaged in discussions on appointed topics in six committees in Conf. B, including High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, United Nations Environment Assembly and International Atomic Energy Agency. JLU’s delegates participated in drafting 16 resolutions, in which 30 English articles had been adopted and officially written into the resolutions.
This is the second delegation JLU has dispatched to NMUN in New York. Students of Jilin University voluntarily applied for the program and passed the selective examinations and had special training sessions in fields of youth leadership, political science, lobbying and negotiation skills and social skills for forming alliances, etc. organized by the university. In addition, the university conducted further assessments of these students, including peer evaluation and teachers’ assessment. Finally, 12 students had been chosen to attend the NMUN conference. Among the 12 students, there were 8 undergraduate students, 1 postgraduate student and 3 international students from JLU’s College of Foreign Languages, School of International and Public Affairs, School of Economics, College of the Humanities, College of Materials Science and Engineering and School of Transportation respectively. Office of Global Engagement, Office of Undergraduate Education and College of International Education fully funded this trip.
Before the convening of this NMUN conference, the delegation of Jilin University visited Rutgers University of the United States. Dr. Jeff Wang, Director of Rutgers China Office and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rutgers, introduced Rutgers University and higher education in America; Anu Gupta, Assistant Dean of International Academic Support at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs and a former member of UN institutions like UNICEF, shared her working experience in the U.N. The delegates of Jilin University also discussed specific problems they encountered in the model conferences with model UN members in Rutgers University.
The NMUN conference enhanced the JLU delegates’ sense of international responsibility, broadened their international visions, strengthened their abilities to handle international affairs, and improved their individual leadership and overall qualities.