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Glendon’s DayMUN an Unprecedented Success


Despite the ongoing strike, Glendon's Model United Nations group successfully ran the DayMUN conference on November 21st, 2008 on an unprecedented scale. The conference was themed around international development, in particular the achievement of the UN's Millennium Development Goals, with a deadline of 2015. Over 100 delegates from high schools in the Greater Toronto Area attended, including North Toronto, Vaughan Road, Sinclair Secondary and Western Technical-Commercial.

A vote in progress

Delegates represented countries in the UN Development Programme and the Economic and Social Council. Both committees were chaired by Glendon students, a number of whom represented prominent countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States and the People's Republic of China.

A model UN committee at work

The day began with an opening address from Glendon principal Kenneth McRoberts, as well as a key-note speech by professor Stanislav Kirschbaum of Glendon’s International Studies Department. Professor Kirschbaum encouraged the students' work in the international field and spoke about the ongoing reform of the United Nations.

Left: Dennis Howlett, coordinator of Make Poverty History campaign addresses delegates

Delegates enjoyed several hours of productive debate throughout the day, and were successful in passing resolutions in both committees. It was an enthusiastic team, and many delegates were presented with awards for their achievements throughout the day.

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. It was an honour to have all our speakers present.

Right: Delegates discuss the issues of the day

Teacher advisors 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 and expectations are for an equal, or possibly larger conference in 2009.

Article submitted by third-year Glendon International Studies student Alexandra Ross, Secretary General of DayMUN 2008

Published on December 9, 2008