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.

SOCHUM: Protecting the Rights of Journalists

Today’s committee session brought forth an array of working papers ranging from implementing a database to establishing an advisory board composed of experts in issues regarding the rights of journalists. The purpose of this database is to register journalists in order to track which countries they are traveling to so should any danger arise there will be  means to deal with it. Moreover, the advisory board aims to educate journalists on a specific country’s issues in order to avoid violating customs or offending the people. These solutions were previously presented in past UN bodies, however the job of this committee was to figure out what to do with this data and to avoid dangerous situations of kidnapping and torture.

The general consensus of these solutions were favorable with some dissenting opinions. Some delegates viewed this as effective while others acknowledged that there has to be a step more in ensuring that these dangerous situations do not arise. It is unrealistic to expect a one off solution since there is so much that has to be analyzed such as the purpose of a journalist’s visit and the person who they are interviewing, especially in a contentious war zone. Delegates refrained from delving into a journalist’s purpose of their visit in order to protect their privacy, however in some visits this is a necessary evil. This is to ensure that should any trouble arise, it will be easier to signal for help before it is too late. It is reasonable to assume that a journalist is willing to disclose most of the aspects of their visit because, they, more than anyone else are aware of the potential danger that they are putting themselves in for the sake of informing others and lowering the barrier of ignorance.

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