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SOAS students take part in National Model United Nations

22 March 2013

A delegation of students from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) travel to New York City this weekend to take part in global forum modelled on the United Nations.

The thirteen Masters students will join 5,000 representatives from universities and colleges around the world at the annual National Model UN conference (NMUN).

The SOAS delegation has been organised by International Diplomacy Masters student Claire Mennessier, who saw the event as an opportunity to put diplomacy into practice.

Each delegation has been assigned a country, and charged with researching specific issues and representing that country in discussions in the wider forum. The SOAS students have been allocated the Central African Republic and will be discussing the role of women, the illicit arms trade, sanitation, the environment and the economy.

Head delegate and organiser Claire commented: “SOAS is well placed to represent the Central African Republic at this event. We have spent a lot of time speech training in preparation and are looking forward to putting our knowledge at the UN into context.”

The MA students involved in this project also include Gautier Castillo, Nabil Bennaim, Zhouchen Mao, Chris Harrison, Julian Kuttig, Nicholas Oniwon, José Baena Ruiz, Alexandra Portoff, Clémence Daudon, Aisha Agily, Jonathan Nymoen and Andreas Gabrielsen.

The NMUN conference is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association. Daily updates of the committee sessions and will be posted on @CISDSOASNMUN.