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.

IAEA: “It’s Nu-CLEAR what we have to do”

Written by Deepti Saroha

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The International Atomic Energy Agency has made great progress in implementing new ways to not only use Nuclear weapons in a safe manner but nuclear power as well.

This weekend delegates discussed and suggested solutions that involved caring for all effects of nuclear power. These solutions included dealing with those that got sick from exposure, providing more effective solutions for transport and clean-up along with introducing the idea of vitrification. Moreover the allocation of Nuclear Weapons was also discussed.

The delegations of Iraq, Syria and Japan argued for a partnership with another UN committee, The World Health Organization (WHO), since the negative health effects of nuclear power are not often put at the forefront of this issue. Other delegations such as Mexico, India and Venezuela also championed for increased attention being placed on nuclear medicine on developing countries. These countries lack the proper resources to better educate people to fight off the effects of exposure. With this in mind the idea of vitrification, introduced by the delegate of Syria where nuclear waste, instead of being disposed of, is turned into “a stable solid form that is insoluble and will prevent dispersion to the surrounding environment”as a possible solution to disposal”. This process holds countries who drop nuclear waste into repositories accountable for their actions. Another form of vitrification was brought up by the delegations of Brazil and Norway was to case nuclear waste in copper to prevent further pollution.

Essentially the main concerns of this committee’s working papers and resolutions seemed to have a great emphasis in protecting citizen’s health in order to destigmatize the use of nuclear power.

 

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