Category: 2013

CCNYMUN – 2013 NMUN Distinguished Delegation

2013 CCNY Delegation to the National Model UN Conference – sLOVEnia

I would like to congratulate the CCNY Model UN delegation to the 2013 National Model UN Conference for its recognition as a Distinguished Delegation (top 25%), which is the second place tier award for participating universities at Conference B held from March 24th to the 28th. The students and the supporting staff could not have been asked for more.

The awards/recognition announcement can be found here:

Allow me to put this in perspective.

1. Most other universities start preparing for this conference in August-September of the previous year giving them approximately seven months to prepare. At the City College of New York, our students had one month and three weeks to prepare. The Model UN class is only offered in the Spring and this year the semester not only started in February, but we lost class time due to a federal holiday.

Starting in the Fall of 2013, a course in the United Nations will be offered through the International Studies department. This class will provide students with a foundation of how the UN works and thematic issues brought before the UN. Additionally, the course will aid students in writing and research methods in understanding the UN and other international organizations. While this class is not a prerequisite to the Model UN class, it is highly recommended, even for those who do not intend to participate in the Model UN program.

2. For those familiar with NMUN and many Model UN Conferences, it is understood that certain schools “win” awards through less than ethical means. There is a great deal of paper stealing and gimmicky tactics to get “noticed” by the directors, instead of engaging in substantive debate and getting to the core of the issues, as well as participating in relevant resolution writing arrived through consensus.

This is not to say that every university does this at NMUN. This also not to say that every school in the Outstanding Delegation category or anywhere were recognized because they used these less than ethical means. In fact I would like to especially recognize the following schools at Conference B: Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Royal Holloway – University of London, American University in Cairo, Victor Valley College, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, and Florida International University.

What I do want to say is that the City College of New York does not try to “win” awards through less than ethical means nor through gimmicky tactics. There is no educational value in doing so, and if this is the standard that we operate under, then quite frankly no Model UN program is worth the time and effort. That type of lesson can be learned anywhere.

The City College of New York’s delegation should be proud. That they achieved recognition with integrity and under an incredible time constraint for preparation truly is a testament to the quality of the students at the university.


Joao Hwang
Faculty Advisor
Department of International Studies
The City College of New York


2013 CCNY National Model UN Conference Team Announcement


Congratulations to all those who have been selected to represent the City College of New York’s Model United Nations Team for the 2013 National Model UN Conference in New York (Conference B).

It was a difficult decision for the Head Delegates and Staff in determining the final team selections and everyone should be proud of the work they have put in to prepare for the NMUN Conference.

More detailed information on the delegates can be found in the committee pages.

Depak Borhara, Pre-Law | Minor in Public Policy
Garth Lindelef, Political Science | Minor in Public Policy

Teona Lazashvili, International Studies | Economics
Shantanu Roy, International Studies

Sebastian Duque, International Studies
Khatia Mikadze, Sociology

Hedia Ltifi, International Studies
Steven Rodriguez, International Studies

Paulina Leyva-Hernandez, International Studies | Political Science | Minor in History

Emily Cheung, International Studies | Minor in Asian Studies
Nisha Tabassum, International Studies

Simone Gordon, Childhood Education
Edyta Juda, International Studies | Minor in French

Mohammed Alam, Political Science | Minor in Public Policy and Public Affairs
Lilia Markelova, International Studies | Minor in Spanish

Let us congratulate them and wish them the best of luck in representing the City College of New York!

Joao Hwang
Faculty Advisor



The City College of New York Model UN program would like to thank its students, Hostos Community College, Manhattan College, Mercy College, New Jersey City University, and Queens College for their participation at CUNYMUN IV.

The purpose of CUNYMUN is to serve as a last practice session before the National Model UN Conference in New York. The more local universities participate, the greater the value for all participants, and CCNY looks forward to doing this again in the future.

At the end of the simulation participants were asked to submit by secret ballot; delegates who should be recognized by their peers. The following are those delegates.

1. Sebastian Duque, Nigeria, City College of New York
2. Steven Rodriguez, Spain, City College of New York
3. Mohammed Hassan, South Africa, Queens College

We would also like to thank the students who helped staff this conference:

Veronica Agard, Secretary-General
Reem Aliessa, Director
Robert Premus, Chair
Monica Siu, Assistant Director
Tahsin Chowdhury, Rapporteur

Great job today, and best of luck at the National Model UN Conference.

Joao Hwang
Faculty Advisor

2013 NMUN Background Guides

[Updated on 21 January 2013 by adding IAEA Background Guide]

The National Model UN Conference Organizers have released Background Guides. Background Guides serve as the foundational reading on the specific topics in each committee, and should give students their starting point when conducting further research in preparation for the NMUN Conference.

Students will not be required to read all the background guides but only for the committee they were assigned. The background guides are available below for students who would like to find out more about the committee topics. Students will be asked on the first day of class to submit their committee preferences and will shortly thereafter be assigned a committee.

GA1 Background Guide
GA2 Background Guide
GA3 Background Guide
GA4 Background Guide
C34 Background Guide
IAEA Background Guide
UNCTAD Background Guide
UNICEF Background Guide

The background guides will also be available in the corresponding pages indicated in the menu above.

2013 NMUN – Country Assignment – Slovenia

The City College of New York has been assigned the Republic of Slovenia for the National Model United Nations Conference B, taking place on 24-28 March 2013. Slovenia has delegates in the following committees:

1. General Assembly 1st Committee: Disarmament and Security (DISEC)
2. General Assembly 2nd Committee: Economic and Financial (ECOFIN)
3. General Assembly 3rd Committee: Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian (SOCHUM)
4. General Assembly 4th Committee: Special Political and Decolonisation (SPECPOL)
5. Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34)
6. UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
7. UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
8. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Specific Topics to be debated at the conference can be found at the links provided on the menu bar.

2013 CCNY Model UN Team Head Delegates

We are pleased to announce next year’s Head Delegates for the CCNY Model UN Team:

Reem Aliessa, General Assembly 3rd Committee, International Studies
Robert Premus, General Assembly 1st Committee, Political Science

Much like selection to represent CCNY at the National Model UN (NMUN) Conference, it was a challenging decision to select from a competitive pool of applicants.

Selection Process for Head Delegates
Since the start of the Model UN class, students were not only evaluated for selection to represent CCNY at the NMUN Conference, but also for their potential leadership capabilities by Weijin Leow and John Vosarogo, Head Delegates for the 2012 team. At the end of the NMUN Conference, students interested in serving as Head Delegates were instructed to express their interest to Weijin and John. The applicants were evaluated based on their overall performance in both the class and at the NMUN Conference, with special attention to:

1. Research and writing abilities;
2. Public speaking and negotiation;
3. Perseverance in challenging situations;
4. Ability to impart experience and knowledge to fellow students;
5. Sense of responsibility for the team as a whole;
6. and Personal compatibility with their potential partner.

Head Delegate Responsibilities
At the minimum, the CCNY Model UN Program’s Head Delegates are responsible for:

1. Administrative and logistic functions of the team (e.g. registration for Model UN Conferences, hotel reservations, etc.)
2. Assisting in the teaching of the Model UN class and research assistance;
3. Editing position papers for submission to conference organizers for both syntax and content;
4. Evaluation and selection of students to represent CCNY at Model UN Conferences;
5. Serve as reserve delegates at the conference in the event there are dropouts;
6. Run debriefings at the conferences;
7. Monitor the welfare of the delegates and troubleshoot when appropriate;
8. Conduct an After Action Review at the end of the year;
9. and Select their replacements for the following year.

Let us thank both Weijin Leow and John Vosarogo for their service as the 2012 Head Delegates. Additionally, let us also recognize Tahsin Chowdhury for his role as the Acting Head Delegate during the NMUN Conference. Their dedication and care for the team will be remembered.

Let us also congratulate both Reem Aliessa and Robert Premus as the 2013 Head Delegates and wish them the best in preparing next year’s team!