Model United Nations at UCLA

Since 1950

Model United Nations at UCLA provides a forum for discussion of international relations and events through dynamic and academically stimulating simulation of the United Nations. We host two major Model UN conferences annually, and provide opportunities for members to travel nationally and internationally to compete in collegiate MUN conferences. MUN at UCLA holds weekly general meetings and frequent social events featuring guest speakers, conference and travel training, discussion of international events, and more.

Participation in Model UN activities promotes desirable and marketable traits such as public and impromptu speaking, networking, international engagement, and creative problem solving.

BruinMUN, our fall quarter high school conference, brings approximately 1000 high school students to UCLA for a weekend of debate, healthy competition, and fun. The conference, entering its 21st year, exposes high school students to UCLA and provides leadership experience for our staffers.

LAMUN, our spring quarter college conference, has an eight year history. Several hundred participants from dozens of domestic and international colleges and universities converge in Los Angeles annually to simulate UN style debate in a variety of unique, “crisis based” committees.

Our travel team is open to all and sends delegations to several conferences annually. Unlike many other MUN programs, members can try out for each conference.

Our primary goal is to continue growing and improving our conferences, travel team, and events. We strive to provide a consistently high quality experience at no cost to our members.

4 Super Creative Ways to End Piracy

Novice DISEC has concluded their first session of the day, and the moderated caucus brought up an astounding array of ideas that could potentially turn into firm recommendations later in the day. The suspense is killing me too, so let’s get on with the proposed solutions by the elite BruinMUN delegates:

Although the Netherlands is more known for its red lights than its “code reds” - as they usually take a relatively neutral position on issues involving military action - the delegate decided to spice things up and recommend the use of military force against pirates in affected regions. This sweeping statement can be interpreted as a plea to the Security Council, as it is the only body capable of passing binding military resolutions.

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If you are a fan of IKEA and Abba, you just might also prefer Sweden’s approach. Sweden recommends the “targeting of top leaders” as a way to dismantle the infrastructure of piracy, as well as a system of “trade checkpoints” to ensure that only legitimate shippers are passing through.

Iran sees the issue of piracy as primarily an economic one that revolves around the population’s inability to obtain the necessary resources to sustain themselves. For this reason, the delegate recommends the “creation of jobs”, though provided no additional information on how to accomplish this goal. Furthermore, the delegate is interested in combating piracy through the “isolation of pirates”.

Similar to Iran, the United Kingdom cites a lack of economic structure as a core contributor to piracy. They recommend the establishment of a structure of “renewable energy” in the affected regions. This is probably the most creative solution of the bunch, especially when one considers the lack of a central framework in many of the countries such as Somalia. 

What do you think? Have our delegates offered up recommendations that could change piracy and clear the high seas of imminent danger? Let us know what you think below.

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