More Model UN Experience for CCNY Students

image1In line with the University’s emphasis on experiential learning, CCNY students participated in three different MUN conferences this spring. On March 1-3, students from the Model UN course offered by the Collin Powell School, engaged in the simulation of multilateral diplomacy representing Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. The event was organized by the Future We Want MUN (FWWMUN). They put together one the most inclusive and diverse conferences held in New York with delegates from over 136 countries gathered under the banner of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. CCNY delegation was awarded by FWWMUN with a scholarship covering conference cost and accommodations in Grant Hyatt Hotel.

According to one of the CCNY delegates, Jagriti Khurana, her work at the conference, especially the promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as efforts to increase access to public services and sustainable development infrastructure for gender equality, constituted a great foundation for her upcoming studies at a law school.

“Nationally, MUN is the most recognizable experiential learning activity and it fulfills the premise of academic learning outside classroom walls” said MUN veteran Jasmine Park, who coordinated the efforts on behalf of the Model UN Club at CCNY.

On April 12, CCNY Model UN delegation was invited to attend the United Nations Model UN Summit at the organization’s headquarters in New York City. The students heard from the UN Secretary General António Guterres, who admitted that his generation has failed and called youth to rise up to fend the tide against climate change. CCNY delegates learned about various projects devoted to SDGs, among them, World’s Largest Lesson, Little Miss Code, MUN Planning Tool, and Mentimeter.

During the third MUN event this spring- the 2019 National Model UN Conference (April 14-18), CCNY represented Greece in ten committees. NMUN is the largest conference of its kind, with 5,000 participants from more than 130 countries. CCNY delegation learned about and simulated the activities of UN General Assembly, UNICEF, UNCESCO, UNEA, UNHCR, and WFP.

Faculty Advisor Rafal Szczurowski praised CCNY for its financial support to MUN activities and emphasized its impact on holistic learning.

“CUNY’s working definition of experiential learning describes it as a transformational component of the undergraduate experience. Indeed, students who participated in Model United Nations activities told me about going through a turning point in their lives. At CCNY, I am able to incorporate experiential learning into an academic curriculum enriching student experience and accelerating their path to graduation.”

Among CCNY students participating in spring MUN activities were: Albi Miraka, Angela Vasovic, Ann-Renee Rubia, Anna Rombold, Gloria Nunez, Hind Elgayaer, Jagriti Khurana, Jessica Cruz, Joseph Lema, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Kevin Fnu, Maleeka Zanib, Martha Fernandez-Coppel Velasco, Miriam Hernandez, Nourou Gaiya, Ola Bushra, Patricia Mona Argie, Pineda Isamar, Rachel Holiday, Song Ju Na, Tania Salazar, Tina Qumbargi, and Zoltan Lucas.



CCNY at the 2019 FWW MUN Conference

FWWMUN team editThis past weekend (Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3), students in the Model United Nations (Model UN) class and members of the CCNY Model UN club participated in the Future We Want Model United Nations conference (FWWMUN) held in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Students represented the Russian Federation and United Kingdom in seven different committees covering a wide variety of global issues including the situation in Libya, promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation, access to public services and sustainable development infrastructure for gender equality, and more.

The following students participated in the conference:
• Albi Miraka
• Ann-Renee Rubia
• Anna Rombold
• Gloria Nunez
• Jagriti Khurana
• Jasmine Park
• Jessica Cruz
• Joseph Lema
• Maleeka Zanib
• Martha Fernandez-Coppel Velasco
• Miriam Hernandez
• Nourou Gaiya
• Ola Bushra
• Patricia Mona Argie
• Rachel Holiday
• Song Ju Na
• Tania Salazar
• Tina Qumbargi


CCNY MUN Club Meeting

ThanksCCNY MUN Club is about to being its spring activities. If you want to get involved, make sure to attend a general meeting this Thursday, February 21, at 12:30pm in room 7/111. Come and become a part of the CCNY MUN experience.

If this is your first encounter with MUN at CCNY, please start here:

Best way to stay informed is by following us on social media:

Twitter: @officialCCNYNGO

MUN Club: Look Ahead

CCNY MUN Club Concludes the Fall 2018 Semester with a following look ahead:

• Future We Want Model United Nations Conference (FWWMUN) will be held on March 1-3, 2019 in NYC. Those interested should fill out the Model UN club interest form (if they have not already) and priority will be given to club members who demonstrate commitment to the club.
• Event with Diplomat in Residence. Date to be determined.
• UN Briefing. Date to be determined.
• Event with Annie Deng about CCNY NGO. Date to be determined.

Good luck on finals. Hope to see you all again in the spring!
-CCNY Model UN Team

SDG Projections: Massive scale projections and  peoples’ voices to celebrate UN70 and visually depict the 17 Global Goals
SDG Projections: Massive scale projections and peoples’ voices to celebrate UN70 and visually depict the 17 Global Goals Organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information in partnership with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Office of the Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, the Global Poverty Project and other partners General Assembly 69th session: High-level Forum on a Culture of Peace Opening Statements by the Acting President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General, followed by panel discussions


CCNY MUN Club Meeting Tmrrw!

dsc00163Hello everyone!

Thank you to all of you who attended our last meeting. We will be holding another meeting this Thursday, November 15th, where we will discuss some basics of Model UN , like position papers, points and motions and the differences between high school and college MUN. This meeting will take place in NAC 7/111 at 12:30pm.
Hope to see you there!

CCNY Model UN Team

CCNY MUN Meeting this Thursday!

Hi all,

Due to the lockdown on October 18, we were not able to hold meeting. That meeting will now take place this Thursday, November 1. At this meeting, we will discuss what MUN is about as well as upcoming MUN stimulation events. The meeting will take place in NAC 7/114 at 12:30pm.

Please complete this Google Form if you haven’t done so already:

Hope to see you there!

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Summer 2018 at the UN: The 67th UN DPI/ NGO Conference “We the Peoples”


              “We are all in this together!”

This summer CCNY NGO Youth Representatives and faculty members participated in the annual UN DPI/ NGO Conference that was held at the UNHQ.  During 3 day conference,   not only our CCNY NGO team was able to actively engage and attend workshops, but also host one under “global citizenship” umbrella.

As the motto of the 67thUN DPI/ NGO Conference states: “Together Finding Solutions for Global Problems”, we acknowledge the crucial importance of education in any corner of the globe. Education is one of the cornerstones on the way to establish and promote more civil and tolerant society.  The theme of the workshop began with a highlight on universality of our common goals and needs in terms of achieving SDG’s, notably education is labeled as one of the primary key targets. Significant part of the workshop focused on the philosophy of Emmanuel Kant and its connection to shared values of Education for Global Citizenship.

Mr. Sczczurowski began his speech by reflecting on our common human values, the values that transcend beyond borders and social backgrounds. Our shared oneness is rooted in our universal human rights, one of which is the right for education. Connecting to the philosophy of Kant, we all share the major feature of our human mind, i.e. our capacity for intelligent rational thought.

Kant believed that we should respect the dignity of all people no matter who they are. Because they are humans with the same power of reason just like anyone else. This philosophical thought put into the perspective of current globalization translates into one single statement: “We are all in this together” as Mr. Sczcurowski pointed out during his speech. That is, we have a moral obligation of respect and empathy to one another, whether it is in local, regional or global level. The necessity of having access to education in a fast-changing technological world is beyond measures. We are being faced with new technological advancements that are yet to be challenged by our ability to sense and convey human relations. This profound difference is a key factor of education as it has been noted in the UN’s Global Education First Initiative: “It is not enough for education to produce individuals who can read, write and count.  Education must fully assume its central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies.”

Returning back to our moral values that are fostered by global citizenship education, CUNY BA undergraduate program student – Joseph Hill, shared his experience with CUNY Service Corps that provided students with skill sets and opportunities to engage with society through education. His trip to Puerto Rico deeply impacted on how even in the most drastic situations the spirit of the locals were not broken. “They were not there to take from us, but to give us,” says Joseph as he reflects on his service in Puerto Rico.

A key note was stated by Mr. Sczczurowski on the unique and exceptional benefits of majoring in Interdisciplinary Study areas not only to graduate with knowledge and experience beyond academic scope, but also to strengthen the moral responsibility and awareness of each and every individual though programs that are interchangeable beyond one specific major or study field.

Global Citizenship has been accentuated in the UN’s Global Education First Initiative report: According to the UN, global citizenship education provides the understanding, skills and values students need to cooperate in resolving the interconnected challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, conflict, poverty, hunger, and issues of equity and sustainability. These same educational outcomes prepare students to be successful in the workplace of the 21st century as well.

The CCNY NGO to the UN and CUNY BA Workshop Part I

The CCNY NGO to the UN and CUNY BA Workshop Part II

The 4th Round of Multi-stake Holder Negotiations on Global Compact for Migration Leaves Facts and Data out of Discussions

During  14-18 May of 2018,  multi-stake holders met for the assigned negotiation rounds that are designed to bring the most advanced and SDG-approach focused compact. With every draft states are being precise on specific regulations to be included or excluded from the compact.  Co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland are  serving to bring out the most constructive negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration highlighting as well as requiring all participant states to keep their bar not lower than New York Declaration when making statements.

While stake-holder states expressed their remarks and corrections on the revised draft, some states shared their position on what should be the center of concern on the next round of negotiations.

In this regard, Bulgaria’s representative urged all stake-holders to include and uphold the children’s importance in drafting accelerated solutions. Per se, migrant children’s life conditions and socio-legal services should be formed to accommodate their utmost urgent needs and draft as a long term compact to facilitate and serve for the children moving in transit, lost or in need of humanitarian assistance. As noted by Bulgarian representative compact must secure: access to legal pathways in obtaining nationality and citizenship of origin, verifying identity documents, accessing safe migration and receiving early childhood education, increasing literacy level as well as effectively combating  with child-smuggling black market and child-labor exploitation. Indeed, securing safe and peaceful future of children will undeniably bring its long-term benefits to the society they are living in.

Notably, the theme of the last session’s discussions highly concentrated on  issue of racial discrimination and policies related to further protecting migrants from work exploitation. During the hearings Vietnam mentioned  the 1999 Migrants Convention as a standard base to cover the needs of migrants that face high risk of  being smuggled, abused or exploited in a foreign country.  However, while most states were also adding on this issue, China’s opposition left everyone in the conference room adrift.  The representative of China responded very directly rejecting the facts and evidence in implementing non-discriminatory policies against migrants by saying that ” We should focus on reality-based events, not evidence”. The statement was quite ambivalent and quite astonishing for the attendees, but supported by the fellow Russian representative.

Brazil, the Holy See, Nepal and Turkey in line with many other permanent state observers spoke out to address xenophobia, hate crimes and racism that migrants regardless of their status face in the host country. Specifically, the Holy See suggested modifying compact to deal with acts of violence  that are directed to migrants based on their race, face and ethnicity. In line with the Holy  See, Brazil clarified that policies should be gender-responsive and race sensitive. Turkey chaired for raising social awareness and creating violence-fighting peaceful campaigns that would nurture tolerance.

Although the 4th round of GCM was  quite  engaged in improving the draft for the upcoming 5th round, many  states at this point have expressed their main message to the co-facilitators and observers.

Our CCNY NGO Youth Representatives will be closely watching and reporting the next round of multilateral negotiations.

#UN4youth #UNMigrants #CCNY #NGO



The United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine : 70 Years after 1948 — Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace



“We are the only people in the world held responsible for the security of its occupier.”

  • Hanan Achrawi, Palestinian Legislator

On this day, May 17th, the Forum began with a moment of silence for the dozens of lives lost, including those of children, amid the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th, 2018. Occurring during a critical turning point in the history of Israel-Palestine relations, the opportunity to discuss their fate, and what must be done, has come. 

“What Happened in 1948?”

The forum began with a panel of speakers who specialize in Palestine and Palestine-Israeli relations, specifically in their history. Panelists informed the stakeholders and observers of the series of events that caused the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes, the occupation of Palestine by Israeli communities, and ultimately the discrimination of the Palestinian people from 1947 until today. The speakers stressed the importance of understanding history in order to change the future, but that change required responsibility. 

Historian Ilan Pappé:

“Any peace process that ignores what happened in 1948 must involve these three components: acknowledgement, accountability, and acceptance” 

The forum continued on the topic of displacement within and outside of Palestine. Pointed out by In January 2018, there were a total of 230,000 displaced Palestinians and of those, 60% of them have been displaced more than once. As a result of the occupation, 50,000 infrastructures in Palestine have been destroyed, including schools and humanitarian aid buildings. 

International Lawyer Francesca Albanese: 

“No status and no rights were guaranteed to refugees in general without the case of the Palestinian refugees. It didn’t really exist before.”

Speakers compared the situations between Palestine and Namibia, noting that it took 20 years for Namibia to gain recognition from South Africa. Professor Susan Akram pointed out that without a  similar strategy to that of Namibia, Palestine won’t be able to obtain their right to self-determination. There are several factors to consider for the creation of a Palestinian state, especially concerning those born in exile.

Israeli Politician Yossi Beilin:

“We have more and more Arab doctors, Arab professors. We want an Arab minister and the move is too slow.”

The Forum on the Question of Palestine informed us about the intersecting factors that challenge the Palestinian people on a daily basis. Each panelist shared their insight, highlighting the importance of education in matters in order to work toward a sustainable future without neglecting a crucial past.