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.

UNHRC- Recap

Written by Dev Bhakta

One off the biggest issues during the debate was what to do with current president of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza. Delegates understood and reported on the numerous human rights violations that occurred, yet this was a major dividing point. The delegate of Turkey believed that it was necessary to immediately remove the sitting president as his crimes were too much to overcome. Other countries such as Uganda believed that rather than having him removed the president should be allowed to finish the term. This would allow to protect the democratic process. This delicate issue was further explained by South Africa’s delegate when they stated about President Nkurunziza that they would, “prefer if [he was] removed, but see infringement in national sovereignty.”

Another plaguing issue that separated the delegates was the issue of corruption within developing countries such as Burundi. In one resolution it was suggested that corrupt officials should have their visas targeted and banks account frozen. Other delegates such as those from Turkey saw the necessity of having a stable government and economy which would allow the government to succeed. Some delegates believed foreign nations would need to come in and rid corruption. Russia and China delegates believed they could be the ones to bring Burundi into the UNHRC as they have the best current working relationship with them. Other delegates sought to give developed countries incentives, through access to ports.   Clearly as the UNHRC committee comes to day 2, a unified resolution which would center on corruption and the fate of Burundi’s president is needed.   


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