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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.

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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.

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Global Financial Meltdown: Emergency Meetings at The NY Fed, 2008

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Global Financial Meltdown: Emergency Meetings at The NY Fed, 2008

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Chair: Shankar Chelliah

Crisis Director: Justin Schmerler

E-mail: gfm@bruinmun.org

Committee Description:

The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 was the most disastrous economic event since the Great Depression. While there are countless expert explanations of how the crisis started, there is much less talk about how a total collapse of the global economy was averted. During perhaps the most precarious week in economic history, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke called a meeting of the some of the most powerful figures in the financial sector and the US government. These emergency meetings, held at the illustrious New York Federal Reserve Bank, shaped the global economy for years to come. Amidst this profoundly volatile week, one of the largest investment banks in the world filed for bankruptcy, stocks experienced meteoric drops, megamergers were negotiated, trillions upon trillions of dollars in government and private money changed hand, and it was all coordinated from a single room inside the New York Federal Reserve.

As delegates of this committee, you will be expected to find innovative solutions to the immense threats to your own interests while at the same time working together to find a holistic remedy to a global economy on the brink of the abyss. Will you be able to halt the trajectory of probable financial collapse? Or will the world succumb to a crumbling depression?

*Note: Delegates for this committee are encouraged to have an interest in finance, economics, and politics

Letter from the Chair

Dear delegates,

My name is Shankar Chelliah and it will be my distinct pleasure to Global Financial Meltdown (2008) at LAMUN 2017. In September 2008, when the world was on the verge of economic collapse, it became clear to a select group of people that they would have to take immediate unilateral action to ensure that the entire financial system would survive. Comprised of high ranking public officials and executives, this group convened in secret meetings in New York held by the Treasury Secretary. For the week of their meetings, their agreements and disagreements shaped the economy we have today. Therefore, I cannot stress how crucial your actions over the three days will be to influence the long-term sustainability of the entire world economy itself.

As for me, I was born in Boston, and then spent the first 9 years of my life in Fremont, California, before moving to Bangalore, India, to finish up the rest of my schooling. I moved back to the United States two years ago to begin pursuing a degree in Economics at UCLA (currently in my junior year), a subject that I have always had an established interest in. I have a very strong interest in finance, and plan on entering the technology investment banking industry upon graduation. Model United Nations has been an integral part of my entire high school experience ever since my first conference as a timid 10th grader. I have been to over 15 MUN conferences as both a delegate and a dais member, and I wish to only increase this number over the next couple of years.

Creating a finance committee has always been a dream of mine, and I cannot tell you enough about how excited I am to run this committee at LAMUN 2017. I sincerely hope you enjoy committee as much as I did setting it up. The fate of the world economy rests in your hands, and your actions will significantly affect its future for many years to come. Good luck, and see you at the conference!

Yours sincerely,
Shankar Chelliah
Chair | GFM 2008 | LAMUN XII

When you have a big, ugly problem, there's never going to be a neat, elegant solution that is totally painless or without a cost. – Henry "Hank" Paulson

Letter from the Crisis Director

Hello Delegates,

My name is Justin Schmerler and I am extremely excited to be your Crisis Director for Global Financial Meltdown 2008. As the world economy was on the brink of collapse in 2008, some of the most powerful figures in the world gathered in New York’s financial district to save both the economy and themselves from ruin. Run by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, these meetings centered on some of the most important decisions affecting global society in the last decade. You, as delegates, will have the unique opportunity to collectively reshape the global financial system for years to come.

A little about me: I am a second year at UCLA majoring in International Development Studies and Economics. I grew up in New York and currently live in Manhattan, just a few blocks away from Wall Street. I have a strong interest in politics, public policy, economics, and finance, and I plan on pursuing a career in one of those fields later in life. I have been doing Model UN since my freshman year in high school and I currently compete regularly with UCLA’s competitive travel team.

I, along with your chair, have been thinking about doing a committee like this for a long time, and I am thrilled to be able to be the Crisis Director for GFM 2008. I can assure you we have a lot of exciting topics prepared for this year’s LAMUN and I can’t wait to see what you as delegates bring to the committee. The world will be counting on you to make sure their hard-earned savings are worth something for the foreseeable future, and it is up to you to avert complete disaster. Best of luck, and I look forward to meeting all of you!

Sincerely,
Justin A. Schmerler
Crisis Director—GFM 2008—LAMUN XI

 

I think one of the lessons of the Depression was that when orthodoxy fails then you need to try new things. And he [Roosevelt] was very willing to try unorthodox approaches when the orthodox approach had shown that it was not adequate. - Benjamin Bernanke

 


 

 

 

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