Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) is the most diverse college-level Model UN conference and the largest outside of North America. Every year 1,650 college students from over 42 countries attend WorldMUN in a different location around the world; past locations include Beijing, China, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The conference lasts one week in late March and combines committee sessions during the day with nightly social events. The week provides delegates with an amazing way to experience the host country and to learn with students from around the world.
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07 April, 2009
The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) team won the “Outstanding Delegation” Award at the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference held from March 22 – 27, 2009 in the Hague, capital of Netherlands. The team comprised of 8 undergraduate students from LUMS sitting in the simulation of various United Nations committees.
The conference was attended by 2200 students from over 150 prestigious universities worldwide including Oxford, London School of Economics, Yale and UC Berkley among others.
Of these, only two delegations were awarded the “Outstanding Delegation” awards on their performance ratio and LUMS, with 6 individual “Outstanding Diplomacy” awards out of 8, was one of them, the other being MUN Society Belgium.
The award marks the fourth continuous victory of the LUMS team at the Harvard WorldMUN Conferences which are organized by Harvard University and held in a different country every year.. The LUMS team bagged the coveted “Outstanding Delegation” Awards in Beijing (2006), Geneva (2007) and Puebla, Mexico (2008) in the previous years, bringing Pakistan to the forefront of the largest and most prestigious student gatherings in the world, year after year.
Another LUMS team comprising of 13 students performed exceptionally at the Model UN Turkey Conference held in Izmir, Turkey from March 9 – 13, 2009 and attended by over 500 students from across the world. Ten out of thirteen students won “Outstanding Diplomacy” Awards and thus securing the only “Outstanding Delegation” Award of that conference. It is noteworthy to mention here that the funds for these trips are raised entirely by the students of the LUMS Model UN Society themselves through organizing the prestigious annual All Pakistan Model United Nations Conference at LUMS which is the largest student gathering in South Asia.
WorldMUN Awards Policy WorldMUN is an experience based on diplomacy, compromise, knowledge, learning and friendship. It is a unique opportunity for university students from around the world to meet each other and discuss issues of international scope and importance. And so, in the spirit of discouraging competitiveness and encouraging cooperation, the individuals that best capture the ‘WorldMUN spirit’ in each committee will be given Diplomacy Awards. These will be the only individual awards granted and the guidelines for giving the awards will be the same as in years past.
Two Outstanding Delegation Awards will be awarded to the two delegations who have best exemplified the ‘WorldMUN spirit’ throughout the week of the conference.
The following are some of the criteria that are used in evaluating delegates:
- Knowledge and representation of the nation’s interests and policies, and of the committee topics;
- Timely submission of quality position papers;
- Ability to work with other delegates;
- Ability to persuade other delegates about the feasibility of a certain solution;
- Ability to develop pragmatic and acceptable solutions to the issues; Skill and effectiveness in caucusing, amendment and resolution writing, and debate;
- Ability to work effectively with other delegates.