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.

ECOSOC- Recap

Written by Dev Bhakta

The issue at the forefront for ECOSOC was how to end world hunger. Many of the solutions were centered around the same idea with different solutions but ultimately the differences finally came together and a resolution was passed.

One of the major differences that divided delegates was the issue of dependency and self sustainability. The delegate for Germany went as far to state “Dependency is failure.” However other delegates believed that extensive foreign aid is necessary. Even the United Kingdom delegate saw an issue that if Syria fell into dependency, there would be no self sufficiency. Algeria in their plan set up an international plan targeting to help farmers. By facilitating agriculture they believed that hunger in developing nations would ultimately decrease. Other nations saw the issue of corruption needing to be weeded out in order for solutions for ending hunger to be successful. The link between corruption and food supply was argued as delegates believed domestic corruption does not allow for an equal allocation of food. By weeding out corruption all citizens would have an equal opportunity to food.

Furthermore another contentious part that delayed a passing resolution was the issue of technology and education. The delegates from Japan believed that it was important to give technology to rural areas in order for them to develop modern agricultural practices which would allow local citizens to be fed. India saw this as difficult as it would difficult for rural areas to implement this modern areas. Their suggestion along with Algeria proposed an initiative on education allowing citizens to learn about agricultural techniques and implement it themselves.

An issue such as world hunger needs to be fought worldwide. “Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year.” Although nearly the vast majority of world hunger comes from undeveloped countries, there needs to be a global initiative to end world hunger. Without this undeveloped countries have no resources to distribute food to their citizens. Developed countries need to use their advantage, as wealthier and more technically advanced than others, to help fight this. Ultimately this was the final straw as  when this issue was finally settled, as the final resolution that passed had a global initiative to end hunger, a sense of  hopefulness was present as world hunger could possibly end.

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