FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2012
Dr. Paul Teverow
(L to R): Michael Pisanti, Dr. Bill Kumbier, Sandra Ellefsen, David James, Agie Mai Jammeh, John Elam, Alexandra Starks, Wil Kimbrel, Brittainy Page, Jon Carr and Dr. Paul Teverow
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - The Model UN Club recently attended the American Model United Nations in Chicago, Nov/ 17-20, where it represented the kingdom of Spain. Our delegation received an award "for exceptional representation as an Overall Best Delegation."
Below are listed the agenda topics and the students who sat in the respective committees during this year's conference.
Before the conference, the nine participating students researched important global issues and prepared positions reflective of the foreign policy of Spain. During the conference, they worked with students playing the roles of approximately 120 other UN member states, from colleges and universities throughout the nation, to find solutions to the topics on the conference agenda.
For more information about the conference, see http://www.amun.org/%20
A high point of the conference was the keynote speech, delivered by Mr. Ibrahim O. Dabbashi, Libyan Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. As public uprisings began last year in Libya and Muammar el-Qaddafi responded with brutal retaliation against his own people, Ambassador Dabbashi took the bold step of breaking with the Qaddafi regime and asking the UN to intervene and establish a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the Libyan people.
His address offered invaluable insight into diplomatic negotiations at a particularly tense time and a striking example of how one person acting with both supreme tact and deep humanitarian values can make a difference in global politics.
Dr. William Kumbier and Dr. Paul Teverow, who co-sponsor the Club, accompanied the delegation. Along with faculty sponsors from other universities, the group attended sessions on best practices for preparing students for Model UN conferences.
Jonathan M. Carr
International Business major
Agie Mai Jammeh
International Studies & French major
International Studies major
Michael A. Pisanti
Social Science/History Education major
International Studies major
AMERICAN MODEL UN Chicago, Nov. 17-21, 2012
MSSU SPAIN DELEGATION
Concurrent General Assembly Plenary
WIL KIMBREL (also permanent representative/delegation leader)
• Strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice responses to violence against women
• International cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, from relief
General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)
MICHAEL PISANTI & SANDRA ELLEFSEN
• Convention on the prohibition of the development, production and stockpiling of bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons and on their destruction
• Preventing the acquisition by terrorists of radioactive sources
General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial)
Agriculture development and food securityGroups of countries in special situations: specific actions related to the particular needs and problems of landlocked developing countries: outcome of the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and Donor Countries and International Financial and Development Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation
General Assembly Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)
AGIE MAI JAMMEH & BRITTAINY PAGE
• United Nations Literacy Decade: education for all
• Global efforts for the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related
intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration
and Programme of Action
General Assembly Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization)
• The occupation of the Syrian Golan
• Assistance in mine action
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
SPECIAL COMMITTEE: Human Rights Council (HRC)
• Protection of the human rights of civilians in armed conflictThe human right to safe drinking water and sanitation