Model United Nations (NYC)

Located only two express subway stops from the iconic United Nations complex on the East River, Pace University’s New York City Model UN team has a 60-year history of excellence in regional, national, and international competitions. In October 1950, Pace fielded its first Model UN team, representing Ecuador at the ‘Intercollegiate Model Meeting of the United Nations Security Council’ at the UN headquarters just a year after the building was built.

Model UN at Pace is uniquely integrated into the Political Science curriculum. We believe that Model UN fosters students’ familiarity with world politics, cross-cultural awareness, leadership capacity, public speaking abilities, knowledge of legislative rules of order and problem-solving skills. Model UN is thus offered both as a class, in which students are exposed to lectures, exercises and simulations designed to prepare them to participate in conferences, as well as a student club. The class – POL303A Politics Workshop: International Organization – is offered every semester and can be taken three times for credit.

Dr. Matthew Bolton, faculty advisor to the Pace New York City Model UN team and assistant professor of political science, has a decade of experience in international relations as an aid worker, journalist and academic. He has worked for a variety of humanitarian organizations, including UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, Handicap International and Counterpart International in over a dozen countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. In 2010, he was the acting chief of mission coordinating Outreach International’s emergency response to the earthquake in Haiti; he continues as an advisor to the program. He has authored two books on international issues, the latest – Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance – explores the politics of clearing mines, cluster munitions and other unexploded ordnance in the world’s current and former war zones.

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