ONEONTA, N.Y. -- A delegation of students from the SUNY College at Oneonta, who represented Viet Nam at the 2010 Model United Nations Conference in New York City from March 28 to April 1, was named an "honorable mention" delegation.
Over 5,000 students, including about 50% from universities and colleges abroad, participated in this year's conference in New York City. The delegates represented U.N. member states and subsidiary organizations in an intensive five-day simulation. The SUNY Oneonta delegation received its honorable-mention award based on effective and proper representation of the country assigned, participation within the committee, and the proper use of parliamentary procedures. Only the top 10% of delegations received awards.
The 17 students from SUNY Oneonta comprised the largest number of students and committee assignments to date in the College's five successive years of participation. For the first time this year, the delegation from SUNY Oneonta was selected to be part of the U.N. Security Council simulation.
Over the course of the semester, students prepared for the simulation by learning about Viet Nam's international and domestic politics, the United Nations' committees and issues, and operating rules and procedures. The SUNY Oneonta students received a briefing from Ambassador H.E. Bui The Giang at the Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the United Nations.
The Model U.N. is a credit-bearing experiential course at SUNY Oneonta which culminates in attendance at the Model United Nations Conference. More information about the Model U.N. course and conference is available from Dr. Robert Compton of the SUNY Oneonta Political Science Department at (607) 436-3048.