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Conference brings together the next generation of international leaders

From left, Hostos Community College students Diana Sanchez de Pena, Mitsou Doroti Philogene, Crisne Lebron, Mayi Custodio, Patricia Espinosa, Melissa Diaz, Roman Pena, Marie-Jo Arthis, Elvine Belinda Andjembe, Abdou Raoufou Soulare, Rudolf Mbadinga and Kerri-Ann Mchayle (Photo by Jason Libfeld , Hostos CC Student Leadership Coordinator).

New York, NY – Fourteen student ambassadors from Eugenio María de Hostos Community College’s Leadership Academy joined peers from around the world at the 2010 National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN-NY), which was held in New York City in April 2010.

“At the conference, our Hostos student ambassadors had the honor of serving as ‘United Nations Delegates for the Dominican Republic,’” said Nathaniel Cruz, the college’s Interim Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management. "They joined over 5,000 students from 340 schools on five continents in a week-long series of workshops and activities, including a mock voting session of the United Nations’ General Assembly. Not only did this experience increase their understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues, it also gave them insight into it what it means to be global citizens."

Opening Ceremony remarks were given by H.E. Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, along with  H.E. Mr. Francisco Carrión Mena, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations (Sheraton venue) and  H.E. Ms. Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Marriott venue).

Mr. Akasaka shared his own experiences as a Model UN student and encouraged the delegates to dream big and work to achieve those dreams.  Ambassador Carrión spoke on the important role of the United Nations and the need for youth participation to achieve future goals.   Ambassador Rice extolled the United Nations as “the only institution where 192 nations come together, the way you have today, to advance global security and solve collective problems.  At its best, the UN bolsters security, helps to rebuild shattered societies, lays the foundations of democracy and development, and establishes conditions in which people can live in greater dignity and mutual respect.”

Hostos Students Participate in the 2010 National Model United Nations NY Conference

The young delegates were encouraged by the dignitaries to become responsible global citizens and to step up to help lead the United States and the world by working hard to understand the complexities of international relations and the interconnected world that they are inheriting.

Participating dignitaries introduced four days of intense debate among delegates who arrived at the conference with months of rigorous academic preparation on conference topics.  The NMUN-New York Conference is held every year in March or April.

Hostos Students Participate in the 2010 National Model United Nations NY Conference

The conference was sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and non-governmental organization affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information. 

The next National Model United Nations Conferences will take place in Washington, DC on October 29-31, 2010 and in the Czech Republic in Europe on November 21-27, 2010.

More About NCCA and NMUN

For more than 40 years, the National Collegiate Conference Association has provided quality programs that bring together the next generation of international leaders. The NCCA is a nonprofit organization that advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. The Association envisions a world comprised of civically engaged people who strive for peaceful, multi-lateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development. NMUN programs provide understanding of the work of the United Nations, build skills in diplomacy and compromise and provide preparation resources for delegates. More information about the NMUN is available at its website www.nmun.org.

About Hostos Community College

Founded Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY offers access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of programs, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensure. In addition to offering degree programs, the College serves as a resource for the South Bronx and other communities by providing continuing education, cultural events, and expertise for further development. For more information about Hostos Community College, visit: www.hostos.cuny.edu.

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