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.

DISEC: Proposing a Panacea for the Piracy Problem

By now you probably have a vague - if not cinematically conjured - image of the issue of piracy swirling around in your head, nestled up next to your favorite slacktivism hashtags and Buzzfeed lists. Luckily your lack of nuance will be forgiven, because top experts will gather in Novice DISEC at the forthcoming BruinMUN to discuss the intricacies of buccaneering and to make (admittedly non-binding, yet supposedly) firm recommendations with the intent of reducing violence and economic disruption on the high seas. 

Pirate activity is currently at its highest level in modern history, with most of the incidents occurring in several hotspots, including the coast of Somalia, the Gulf of Guinea region, the Gulf of Aden, and the South China Sea. The problem with many of the past actions and potential solutions to combat piracy in these areas is the very nature of the countries themselves. When there is no central framework of governance, as is the case in Somalia, there is little support to be found in the actual policing of the waters and the prosecution of pirates. To top it all off, evidence suggests that there are potential links between pirates and terrorist organizations throughout many of the hotspot regions. 

This scale of maritime thievery is not to be ignored or taken lightly, as it has been a particularly cumbersome concern of the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union in recent years. Thankfully, the delegates of Novice DISEC will be adequately prepared to address the growing concern surrounding these issues and to offer viable, effective, and efficient ideas to deconstruct the issue of piracy. We trust that their expertise will even leave some time for an examination of the root causes of piracy, and a comprehensive plan for addressing these problems. The UN and DISEC in particular are known for their effectiveness, right? Buckle up delegates.

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