All Nighter: Miriam College Talks About Time Management and Conference Theme

In the morning, as most delegates ready themselves for a long day of speeches and resolutions ahead of them, Miriam College students are preparing for an all-nighter. Miriam College is a non-profit Filipino Catholic educational institution for girls and young women. Although this has been a first-time experience for many students, especially in a virtual format, Miriam College has been…

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Q&A with Executive Director David Perry

1) How long have you been directing the Model United Nations of the Far West conference? I have been serving as the Executive Director since 2020, but joined staff of the organization in 2014. I was a student delegate from 2009 until 2012 and fell in love with MUNFW so it has been a real privilege to be able to…

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The Elephant in the Room: 4th Committee Focuses on Writing a Resolution for “Assistance in Mine Action” Amidst Landmine Action in Ukraine

According to the United Nations, mine action “entails more than removing landmines from the ground. It includes high impact efforts aimed at protecting people from danger, helping victims become self-sufficient and active members of their communities, and providing opportunities for stability and sustainable development.”[1] With a rough start with this morning's virtual hiccups and uncommonly absent delegate presence, negotiations in…

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Finland’s Opening Plenary Speech

Today, Finland started their opening plenary speech with the reference to this year’s conference theme “The Empowerment of Women and Girls” as something which “contains many complex issues.” Such issues are greatly affected by “blockades and shortfalls by the COVID-19 pandemic.”  Finland made a strong emphasis on cooperative and unified solutions, which Finland supported by saying “Inequalities women face every…

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Statement by Katie Bauman, Secretary-General of the 71st Session of MUFNW

Dear Honorable Delegates and Esteemed Guests, On behalf of the Secretariat and Heidelberg University, it is my honor to welcome you to the 71st Session of the Model United Nations of the Far West Conference: “Because It’s 2022: the Empowerment of Women and Girls.” For far too long, gender-based inequality has persisted worldwide. The 71st Session will be an opportunity…

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Summary of Day 2 – 19 April, 2021

General Assembly (GA) The United Nations General Assembly had a productive second day of debate on Agenda Topic Two: Terrorism, as they took three Resolutions into the voting block, and ended up passing two. Resolution 1, Support to Victims of Terrorism and Accountability for Terrorist Acts, drafted by the “Western European and Others” group was the first resolution to pass.…

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Quotes from Delegates

Togo (General Assembly)- Day 1:  "Against all odds, against all powers, Togo reigns supreme at the UN.  Togo, the formerly insignificant, small African nation has become the significant, small African nation and de facto movere and shaker of the United Nations.  Togo confronted Europe on its colonial and neocolonial tendencies.  Togo then united South and Latin America into a single…

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70th Session Chair Bios

Grace Reeder, Security Council Chair Grace Reeder graduated from Whittier College in 2019. She got her degree in Political Science and minored in Gender Studies. During her time in Whittier College, she was part of many organizations such as the ASWC Senate, VIP club, Political Science Student Committee, and Pi Sigma Alpha. She is currently based in D.C. having previously…

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Summary of Day 1 – 18 April, 2021

Security Council (SC) In yesterday’s Security Council meeting, they started off the day by going over the Agenda and gave speeches on the situation happening in Myanmar. After their lunch break, they went off into small breakout rooms to start drafting their resolutions in which they focused on the foundation and where they have the consensus. They then moved on…

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