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.

Five Conflicts to Divide the Council

The Security Council is set to discuss five cases of civil and extremist violence in Africa, one of the most multifaceted and increasingly ferocious challenges of our modern world. African nations have faced violence in the post-colonial era; violence that has penetrated the unity of the countries and shattered it into many regions, each facing serious internal displacement, guerrilla warfare, and armed conflict. The five cases are: the War in Darfur, the South Sudanese civil war, Libyan civil wars, sectarian violence in the Central African Republic and the Boko Haram insurgency against the Nigerian government.

The question that arises is: can a body of 15 countries take an effective stance in response to this armed conflict? Seeing as Chad, Angola and Nigeria are serving as non permanent members of the council, debate will likely center on Boko Haram and possibly Central African Republic due to the involvement of these countries. Previous resolutions, though well intended, have proven to be barely effective; instilling both long term and short term solutions to each of the issues are approaches to be considered for the council. 

As an assembly there are many expectations for the SC, ones that assert that the SC will propose encouraging approaches towards reducing the violence and armed conflict that occurs within the Central African region; it is beyond measure a necessity, as 2015 has indicated with its increase in violence at alarming rates. The collective body will hopefully enable a resolution that moves swiftly. 

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