Model United Nations at Whittier College
Model United Nations is a program where students simulate various bodies of the United Nations or related organizations. Students gather at regional and national conferences to debate current issues facing the United Nations and its Member States. Every school is assigned one or more countries to represent at the conference and a variety of issues confronting the different bodies that are being simulated. Students research the history, political system and values, economic trends, and current events of their country to successfully negotiate with other countries in hopes of developing consensus resolutions on the issues.

Whittier College participates in Model United Nations of the Far West (MUNFW), a five-day conference that meets each April in Burlingame, California, just two miles south of the San Francisco airport. Model United Nations of the Far West is one of the oldest Model UN programs, having just concluded its 57th Session. Whittier has participated in MUNFW for over 40 years and has served as the host school, providing the Secretary-General and Secretariat staff for the organization, six times since 1994. Whittier will again serve as the host school during the 58th Session of MUNFW to be held 18-22 April 2008. The theme for the conference will be, “Addressing the Needs of the Vulnerable”; the conference will feature the following eight bodies: the UN General Assembly, the GA’s Second Committee, the GA’s Third Committee, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the African Union, the Security Council, and a World Press.

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