The Roanoke College Model UN club returned from the National Model United Nations annual conference in New York on Thursday, April 3 with a renewed appreciation of multilateral methods of conflict resolution.
Each year, the Roanoke team represents a country and this year Roanoke represented Palestine. Having only observer status at the UN, the delegation experienced the frustrations of not being able to vote.
However, the delegation also experienced the opportunity of thinking about and contributing solutions to global challenges ranging from hunger and poverty to provision of clean water and eradication of diseases, such as malaria.
The delegation was led by Model UN club President Laura Lee Wight. The Roanoke delegation was comprised of: Wesley Knowles, Human Rights Council; Emily Crane, General Assembly (GA) First Committee; Brynn MacDougall, GA Third Committee; Matt Modlin, GA Fourth Committee; and Palestinian exchange student Anas Almasri, GA Second Committee. Â The delegation participated in writing resolutions, speech making and caucusing as part of the process of multilateral diplomacy.
In addition to participating in the conference, the delegation visited the National September 11 Memorial.
Dr. Joshua Rubongoya, faculty advisor to the Model UN club, accompanied the delegation to and from New York.
Submitted by Dr. Joshua Rubongoya