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FAU’s Model U.N. Delegation Wins Award

BOCA RATON (April 3, 2008) -- The Florida Atlantic University Model United Nations delegation recently received a Distinguished Delegation Award at the 2008 National Model United Nations simulation in New York.   The delegation of 16 students, representing Australia, competed with students from nearly 300 universities from five continents in the week-long simulation of the United Nations.   In addition to the competition, participating students toured the United Nations, attended a policy briefing from the Australian Mission to the United Nations, and attended opening and closing ceremonies in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.   The Honorable Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, delivered the welcoming address at opening ceremonies.

            Students who make up FAU's delegation enroll in INR 4503: Model United Nations, a three-credit political science course, to prepare for the annual event.   The FAU Model United Nations Program is generously supported by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the FAU Peace Studies Program, the Schmidt Family Foundation and the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Palm Beach Chapter.

            On Saturday, April 5, the FAU Model United Nations Program will host its annual South Florida Model United Nations (SFMUN) simulation, which is open to area high school, community college and university students. The one-day event allows students to play the role of international diplomat in four United Nations committees that address a variety of pressing global problems.

            For more information on the Model United Nations Program and its annual South Florida Model United Nations simulation, call Professor Jeffrey Morton at 561-297-3216.

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