UNH Model United Nations Team Wins A Distinguished Delegation Award
April 25, 2007
This past March in New York City, the UNH Model United Nations (MUN)
team, comprising 18 students, earned a Distinguished Delegation Award.
They represented The United Republic of Tanzania at the National Model
United Nations Conference. The event was sponsored by the National Collegiate
Conference Association (NCCA).
More than 270 universities participated with approximately 3,400 students.
Almost half of the students attending the conference came from outside
of the United States.
To earn the Distinguished Delegation Award, the UNH MUN team was judged
on their ability to remain in character, prepare delegates, provide
leadership, and demonstrate consistent and accurate diplomacy.
UNH students included Alton Croker, Katie Striffolino, Emily Soderman,
Marisa Baptiste, Eva Jacobson, Mike Allard, Andrew Bedell, Jen Cordaro,
Meaghan Dwyer, Jenny Ellis, Liz Kyriacou, Alex LeBaron, Rina Lee, Alice
Sheehan, Ryan Stanyan, Tina Venetos, Wegene Wells-Bogue, and Matt York.
Prof. Alynna Lyon (Department of Political Science) serves as the group's
At the conference, students got to meet with the real Ambassador to
UN from the United Republic of Tanzania. They also participated in the
15-member Security Council where the primary topic under consideration
was the Darfur situation. The theme of this year’s conference
was “Going Green” and many of the topics under discussion
focused on global climate change, natural resource management, and environmental
Along with the Security Council, students participated in the General
Assembly and its subsidiary committees, the World Food Program, the
International Hydrological Program, the African Development Bank, the
World Tourism Organization, the Economic and Social Council, and the
World Health Organization.
For the last four years, the UNH Model United Nations program has provided
students with an opportunity to simulate United Nations institutions.
Participation in Model UN provides students with information on international
politics and current affairs and participants gain a working knowledge
of parliamentary procedure. Each school’s delegates submit position
papers and prepare draft resolutions on various international issues.
The Model UN was established in 1923 as a simulation of the League
of Nations and maintains official NGO status with the United Nations.
Students, including four graduate students, from diverse majors participated.
with majors in political science, international affairs, economics,
natural resources, and liberal studies participated. Model United Nations
is an active learning focused group and the students gain the experience
of focused research, professionalism, knowledge of global issues and
in some cases, understanding of technical issues in security, development,
and trade relations.