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0 April 27, 2004
Volume 34 Number 11
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Model United Nations Team Continues Winning Streak

The California State University, Chico Model United Nations delegation won an Outstanding Position Paper Award and the second level Distinguished Perfor-mance Award at the National Model United Nations Conference held in New York City, April 6–10.

The delegation represented the Russian Federation. It was the only representative of a “Big Five” country (United States, United Kingdom, France, China, and the Russian Federation) to win an award. Big Five countries are assigned based on prior high performance.

The Chico delegation has won Outstanding Position Paper awards every year for the five years and six countries it has represented. Professor Rick Ostrom said, “This shows how well the students are researching and the officers are editing the papers.”

Outstanding Position Paper awards are given to only 8 percent of delegations. Outstanding Performance awards are given to about 8 percent of delegations; Distinguished Performance awards are given to another 8 percent. In addition to the Outstanding Position papers, the Chico delegation has won three outstanding and three distinguished presentation awards every year for the five years it has participated.

Head delegate Nathan Davis set up briefings with a Russian diplomat and two UN staff members, one from the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee, the other a coordinator of humanitarian aid programs. The briefings were extremely helpful to the team, especially in the area of terrorism, where policy changes rapidly.

The delegation welcomed four CSU, Chico international students from Japan to the delegation. Although international students have been encouraged to participate in the Model UN by their advisers Mary Kowta and James Luyirika-Sewagudde for the English language practice, it is rare for such a large group to make the team. “The American students were very grateful for the help from their Japanese partners,” said Ostrom. “They came through at the end of the grueling five-day experience the most energetic and enthusiastic of the delegation.”

Approximately 3,000 students from more than 200 colleges located in 23 different countries attended the conference.

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