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.

UNCSW: Healing Our Women

Written by Ashley Ng

"Health, Education, Aid, Liberty, Safety: HEALTH" - Israel

A natural disaster is indiscriminate, right? The delegates of UNCSW would disagree. The damage inflicted by the extreme weather cannot see its victim, but the social and cultural norms of the disaster-stricken countries can. Gender norms often provide males with relief aid, resources, and government recognition that allows them to recover much more quickly than women can.

To address the high mortality rates of women both during and after natural disasters, the delegates discussed equal access to relief aid and provision of health services and resources that women specifically need. NGOs, such as Doctors Without Borders and Red Cross, and national governments were encouraged to coordinate their provision of humanitarian aid with the hopes that NGOs can ensure aid is distributed equally without gender bias. Aid, that provides for the basic needs of both male and female would include services, such as natal care, and resources, such as contraception and sanitary products.

To address the largely patriarchal mindset of many disaster-prone nations, delegates advocated for the creation of education programs by the national government that would focus on gender equality and also the formation of disaster training programs specifically for female citizens. Because of deeply rooted gender norms that restrict a woman’s mobility, many female citizens cannot evacuate during a disaster because their male heads of the household aren’t with them. These gender norms also prevent women from holding their status and power in society if their male counterparts die in a natural disaster.

To ensure the protection of women’s rights in the aftermath of disaster, delegates debated between calling upon international organizations, like Interpol or a regional commission focused on disaster relief, or depending upon national governments to better enforce their laws criminalizing sexual violence.

Long-term solutions focusing on the empowerment of women were also proposed. Through reserving spots in government, various industries, and disaster relief committees for women, the delegates sought to increase the ability of women to affect change on their own lives.
Successfully passing 3 of their 4 resolution papers, this generation of future leaders seems quite optimistic in their ability to redefine gender norms on a global scale.

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