From 14th to 18th of April 2019, thirty-three highly motivated students from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) were taking part at the National Model United Nations 2019 (NMUN 2019) in New York City, United States (US), received nine Outstanding Position Paper Awards and secured two Honorable Mention Awards after over six months preparation. This year NPU delegations represented two Member States, South Africa and Myanmar in sixteen simulated committees. Highlighting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, topics this year ranging from cyber security to urban development and human rights were thoroughly discussed and fought over, with each delegation attempting to find a deal most suitable to their position. The General Assembly Plenary, the Economics and Social Council Plenary, and the Closing Ceremony were held at United Nations (UN) Headquarters located in New York City, US.
Mu Lei, Deputy Director of Teaching Affairs Department of NPU, Prof. Ruan Hongmei, Director of NPU Innovation Base for Model United Nations, Xiang Dan, Advisor of NPU Innovation Base for Model United Nations, and Li Limin, Director of Language and Literature Department of School of Foreign Studies, NPU attended the conference as Faculty Advisors, and progressed talks with Michael Eaton, Executive Director of NMUN, on further cooperation between NPU and NMUN.
Beginning in 1946, NMUN conference in New York is one of the biggest and most sophisticated simulations of the UN worldwide. Annually over 5000 students from more than 130 UN Member States are drawn to gain an insight into the procedures of the UN with addressing current global issues, which provides students with a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research.