Model UN and Model Arab League Teams Win Big in November

Georgia State University’s Model United Nations (Model UN) and Model Arab League teams took November by storm, winning top honors at competitions.

“In keeping with the 14-year tradition in Model Arab League and 13-year tradition in Model United Nations, the Georgia State University teams once more had a great semester,” said faculty advisor Rashid Naim. “I look forward to spring.”

Model UN and Model Arab League programs work to provide students from different universities with a platform to discuss global issues. The programs achieve this by assigning students a country to represent and recreating spaces to discuss the countries assigned that closely resemble organizations such as the United Nations.

Model Arab Team

Model Arab Team

The Model Arab League organized the first International Model Arab League Conference in Rabat, Morocco Nov. 9-13. The league received the Outstanding Delegation Award while at the conference for its representation of Oman. The team also participated in the Appalachia Regional Model Arab League Conference in Roanoke, VA and won the Outstanding Delegation Award for its representation of Tunisia.

For Model UN, it all started Nov. 14-16 at Georgia State with the high school Model UN conference, which Georgia State’s team organized and ran. This year’s high school conference brought in a record-breaking 850 students from Metro Atlanta high schools. Four days later, Georgia State’s Model UN League went on to compete in the Southern Regional Model UN Conference. The team of 32 students represented Senegal, Iran and Naimbia. The league returned to Georgia State with two Honorable Mention Awards and four Outstanding Delegate Awards.

Model UN Team

Model UN Team

Finally, the students ended the month in Kobe, Japan at the International Model UN Conference where they represented India and the U.S. The Indian Delegation won the Outstanding Delegation Award and the U.S. Delegation received the Distinguished Delegate Award. Four students were also awarded Outstanding Delegate honors.