Columbia Model United Nations

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Columbia Model United Nations is a student club that allows students to debate in an environment simulating the United Nations. This allows students to explore international politics from a variety of angles. The Columbia chapter holds a strong reputation on the national circuit, with its traveling team winning 5 team awards and over 40 individual awards in the 2006-2007 academic year, and its two prestigious conferences hosted on campus, CMUNCE and CMUNNY.

CMUN is a member of the Columbia Political Union, through which it jointly hosts guest speakers, discussion panels, and other politically oriented events.

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Activities

  • A CMUN delegation goes to several intercollegiate Model UN conferences every year, where they participate in committee simulations. During the 2006-2007 academic year, CMUN attended 8 conferences and won 4 "best small delegation" awards, one "outstanding small delegation" award, and over 40 individual awards. In the coming year, CMUN anticipates going to conferences at Yale, Georgetown, Penn, McGill, Princeton, Harvard, UChicago, World MUN, Berkeley, and UVA.
  • CMUN also allows students to participate in Columbia's student-run high school conference, CMUNCE, and its college conference, CMUNNY.
  • CMUN hosts Educational Simulations (ESims), a day-long Model UN conference which allows New York City high school students to debate for free.
  • CMUN hosts study breaks, dinners, and other social events at which the club members of the club can socialize with each other.

History

The members of CMUN believe that the 2006-2007 school year was especially significant for their club. They revived their traveling team, which went on to attend more conferences and win more awards than in any prior year. The club also the first Model UN college conference at Columbia, called "Columbia Model United Nations in New York" (CMUNNY). Finally, the club introduced the Educational Simulations program (ESims) described above. The club hopes to continue hosting such programs in the coming years.

Traveling team

The Columbia Model United Nations Traveling Team holds a reputation across the different conferences of the world. As the 2006-2007 school year saw an explosion of skill and talent with the new incoming class, along with the continuing legacy of strong leadership, the traveling team became one of the best in the nation. Among the 5 team delegation awards (4 best team delegations), there was a total of over 40 individual awards.

Team Awards 2006-2007

Conference Name Team Award
National Collegiate Security Conference (NCSC) Best Small Delegation
University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC) Outstanding Small Delegation
McGill Model United Nations Assembly Best Small Delegation
Asian International Model United Nations (AIMUN), Peking University, China Best Delegation
Chicago Model United Nations Conference (ChoMUN) Best Small Delegation


Expected Conference Schedule for 2007-2008

Conference Name Location Date
National Collegiate Security Conference (NCSC) Georgetown University, Washington D.C. September 27-30, 2007
Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSY) Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut October 25-28, 2007
University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 8-11, 2007
McGill Model United Nations Assembly McGill University, Montreal, Canada Spring 2008
Harvard National Model United Nation (HNMUN) Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts February 14-17, 2008
Princeton Interactive Crisis Simulation (PICSim) Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey February 28 - March 2, 2008
World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) Pueblo, Mexico March 24-28, 2008
Berkeley Model United Nations (BMUN) UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California March 14-16, 2008
Chicago Model United Nations (ChoMUN) University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Spring 2008

The club's awards from the 2005-2006 year are listed at their Facebook group.

CMUNCE

The Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition is an annual four-day international affairs conference for high school students, which will be held during January 17-20, 2008. It will take place at Columbia University, NYC. CMUNCE is perhaps one of the most significant Model UN conferences in the country.

CMUNNY

The second annual Columbia University Model United Nations in New York (CMUNNY) conference will be held from Thursday, October 11, 2007 to Sunday, October 14, 2007 on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University, NYC.

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