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.

The Jungles Are Deep and The Oceans Wide

By Cameron Montano

Today, the UNODC was tasked with reforming the UN’s ongoing attempts to deal with illicit drug trade. Considering the varied nature of this problem, it is not shocking that the solutions proposed by the committee vary far and wide and include everything from full scale legalization of all drugs to more draconian regulations for illicit drugs than are currently in place.

However, one idea that has been backed by many delegates is the massive increase in efforts being made to locate drug production and cultivation sites, in order to massively decrease the world’s drug supplies. In order to achieve this, many delegates have proposed a large increase in the number of physical drug patrols in areas where drugs are commonly grown, i.e. South America, parts of Asia, and parts of the Middle East where opium cultivation is especially high. The use of new satellite technology has been proposed to look for areas of drug cultivation.

While these ideas sound great on paper, they may not be so great in practice. Increased attempts at curbing drug cultivation is a case of “easier said than done." First, most recreational drugs are cultivated in remote areas, such as deep in the jungles of Asia and South America. These are some of the most dangerous and dense jungles in the world. Second, recreational drug plantations are incredibly small. Fields of Poppy or Coca are not the massive drug fields people imagine. According to a report released by the UNODC in 2008, there are currently only 170,000 hectares of cocaine fields globally, an area only 50% larger than all of Hong Kong! Now imagine looking for a total area that small scattered over a whole content, deep inside a dangerous and dense jungle. It sounds like finding a needle in a haystack, and everyone knows how easy that is.

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