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.

Saturday: Crisis Update from League of Nations

By Katelyn Buckles

While the League of Nations was deliberating on the Corfu Crisis, two updates came in which increased tensions within the conference. The first stated that Great Britain has declared a demarcation line 12 miles off the coast of Corfu, and any nation who violates this border will be declared war on. This update is a continuation of an earlier proclamation from the British Foreign Office supporting Greece against an Italian threat.

In a second update, Italy declared Albania a protectorate, and has mobilized to send 30,000 troops to its southern border, as well as parked ships off of Sweden’s shores. Mussolini has announced that airstrikes will begin on the Greek mainland unless Greece pays Italy $100 million lire and demobilizes via exporting its troops out of Albania.

These updates intensified the already divisive atmosphere within the League as they debated Greece’s responsibility in the wake of the assassination of General Enrico Tellini and entourage in the Greek city of Kakavia. Following the updates, the countries debated the merits of two separate directives and their arguments were heavily influenced by the new information that had been brought forth.

In reference to Directive 1.8 advocating the creation of a Special War acts Group (SWAG) that would help evacuate civilians from Corfu, Uruguay opposed the notion on account of not wanting to provoke Great Britain. In the wake of this speech from the delegates of Uruguay the directive failed, indicating a hesitation in the League to provoke war or take military action while the more diplomatic Directive 1.7 – regarding Greece compensating the families of the assassinated Tellini – passed.

The situation continues to develop, both in the Mediterranean and the League, though it seems holistic and unified action is still far off.  

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