Held annually in New York each April, the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) attracts more than 5000 university students from over 39 countries, making it one of the largest and most prestigious conferences of its kind. With committee sessions sometimes running well into the evening, NMUN’s intensive format offers delegates a unique taste of the world of diplomacy. Outside committee sessions the bright lights of New York City await, giving delegates the chance to explore the city’s world class museums, art galleries, restaurants and shopping. On the last day of formal committee sessions, delegates have the once in a lifetime opportunity of debating their resolutions at the real United Nations Headquarters. In 2012 the UNSW UN Society sent the first Australian delegation to the conference and came away winning numerous awards, including the Outstanding Delegation Award for representing HK, China on APEC and the Distinguished Delegation Award for its representation of Saudi Arabia in numerous committees. Read more about UNSoc’s adventures in the Big Apple on the UNSW Law Faculty website. In 2013 we returned, and in 2014 we won the Distinguished Delegation Award representing the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. After the 2015 NMUN Conference, Team UNSW returned with 6 Best Position Paper Awards and a Honourable Mention Award for the entire delgation.
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NMUN 2016: New York
Report from Monica Wang, Head Delegate
To say that NMUN was a great experience would be an understatement. Time flew by so quickly, starting all the way from interviews last year to completing an intense-five day conference. The lead up to travelling overseas had everyone buzzed with excitement, and a good chunk of our meetings were dedicated to planning adventures in the city that never sleeps. That being said, the team also worked extremely hard before and during the conference, eventually securing a Whole Delegation Award, two Position Paper Awards and a Best Delegate Award. These however, did not come without some sleep deprivation, committee frustrations, people politics and even a few tears.
It’s safe to say that everyone made it to the other-side stronger and more confident. But more importantly and what made everything worth it, was the quality banter, horrendous laughter and incredibly fun times with the gang, all happening in the heart of New York City. Our chemistry as a group (#squad #sorrynotsorry) turned us from being complete strangers to great friends that are already pondering catch-up dinners. Thank you so so much to the 2016 UNSW NMUN team for being an unbelievably wonderful bunch and for an experience we’ll never forget!