Model United Nations - NYC

Located only two express subway stops from the iconic United Nations complex on the East River, Pace University’s New York City Model UN team has a 60-year history of excellence in regional, national and international competitions. In October 1950, Pace fielded its first Model UN team, representing Ecuador at the ‘Intercollegiate Model Meeting of the United Nations Security Council’ at the UN headquarters just a year after the building was built.

In recent years the team has maintained this proud legacy by winning recognition at prestigious competitions for the team’s ability to cogently analyze complex global issues, engage articulately in policy debate and propose compelling solutions. In 2007, Pace New York City and Westchester Model UN teams together set the record for first place awards per university at the National Model UN conference in New York City and has consistently won numerous awards in that annual competition and many others. In 2011, the team took home the most awards (tied with another university) from the 2011 North American Model UN conference in Toronto.

“Being a part of Model UN at Pace exposed me to the inner workings of the UN and helped me understand how certain decisions are made on a worldwide level,” says Anneliese Blommestein ’10.

Model UN at Pace is uniquely integrated into the Political Science curriculum. We believe that Model UN fosters students’ familiarity with world politics, cross-cultural awareness, leadership capacity, public speaking abilities, knowledge of legislative rules of order and problem-solving skills. Model UN is thus offered both as a class, in which students are exposed to lectures, exercises and simulations designed to prepare them to participate in conferences, as well as a student club. The class – POL303A Politics Workshop: International Organization – is offered every semester and can be taken three times for credit.

“The Model UN team on the New York City campus is an irreplaceable learning experience,” says Coty Sibbach, who graduated in 2010. “Not only do you get to interact with other politically passionate people, but you gain a wealth of knowledge on the structure and procedures of the United Nations, and practice essential communication skills.”

Dr. Matthew Bolton, faculty advisor to the Pace New York City Model UN team and assistant professor of political science, has a decade of experience in international relations as an aid worker, journalist and academic. He has worked for a variety of humanitarian organizations, including UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, Handicap International and Counterpart International in over a dozen countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. In 2010, he was the acting chief of mission coordinating Outreach International’s emergency response to the earthquake in Haiti; he continues as an advisor to the program. He has authored two books on international issues, the latest – Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance – explores the politics of clearing mines, cluster munitions and other unexploded ordnance in the world’s current and former war zones.

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