Glendon’s DayMUN 2008 focuses on international development

This year’s DayMUN conference, organized by Glendon’s Model United Nations group, brought together an enthusiastic group of students to debate one of the world’s most pressing issues.

Left: A vote in progress at one of two committees at Glendon’s DayMUN 2008 conference

The theme for the single-day Model United Nations (hence DayMUN) was international development, particularly the achievement of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which have a 2015 deadline. Over 100 delegates from high schools in the Greater Toronto Area attended the York conference on Nov. 21, including students from North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Vaughan Road Academy, Sinclair Secondary School and Western Technical Commercial School. 

Delegates represented countries in the UN Development Program and the Economic & Social Council. Both committees were chaired by Glendon students, a number of whom represented prominent countries such as the UK, the US and the People’s Republic of China.

Left: Dennis Howlett speaks to delegates

The day began with an opening address from Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts, as well as a keynote speech by York Professor Stanislav Kirschbaum of Glendon’s International Studies Department. Kirschbaum encouraged the students in their international work and spoke about the ongoing reform of the UN.

Delegates debated for several hours throughout the day and were successful in passing resolutions in both committees. It was an enthusiastic group. Many delegates were also presented with awards for their achievements during the day.

Right: Delegates discuss the issues at Glendon’s DayMUN 2008 conference

At the closing ceremonies, Dennis Howlett, coordinator of the Make Poverty History campaign, addressed the delegates and staff, recounting a speech he had made at the UN General Assembly in a high-level special session thematic debate on the Millennium Development Goals.

Teacher advisers accompanied most of the groups and expressed high praise for an excellently organized conference, the professionalism of the staff, and all those who were involved. DayMUN was a positive experience for all participants. Expectations are high for the conference to be as large if not larger in 2009.

Submitted to YFile by third-year Glendon international studies student Alexandra Ross, secretary general of DayMUN 2008