YUNMUN (Yeshiva University National Model United Nations) was an experience like no other. My team and I developed many skills during our preparation, and even more during the conference, including public speaking, a knowledge base on issues occurring worldwide, and understanding what it means to be a political delegate representing a country at the United Nations.
At YUNMUN, you build many friendships with other participants from schools around the US, Canada, Brazil, and South Africa. It was indeed quite intimidating watching the Brazilians go up, and getting a sense that their English might be better than mine!
The delegates from Midreshet Shalhevet (MSH) – juniors Golda Gordon, Dassi Klein, and Goldy Fogel; sophomores Lital Davidov, Leah Cohen, and Oriya Avraham; and freshman Sarah Weiderman – represented the country of Nigeria, and participated in many different committees. As a participant in the World Food Program committee (WFP), I discussed ways to empower women to end world hunger and ways to reduce food waste. Our school’s country, Nigeria, is a major victim when it comes to this issue.
Dassi Klein was involved in the United Nations Humans Rights Council (UNHRC). Her committee discussed topics such as the situation in Myanmar and the human rights of prisoners. Goldy Fogel’s committee, the World Health Organization (WHO), brainstormed about water cleanliness, shortages, and antibiotic resistance. Goldy was particularly intrigued regarding the discussion of antibiotic resistance.
Lital Davidov took part in the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Issues were addressed on eliminating violence against children and protecting children with disabilities. Lital was intrigued to learn about many different countries’ views.
Leah Cohen participated in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), debating cyber warfare and illicit small arms sales. Leah felt she gained compromising skills and how to work with people from all walks of life, especially in a professional environment, where you must collaborate and compromise with the people around you.
Oriyah Avraham acted as a delegate on the committee of the United Nations Educational, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which examined topics such as prison reform and preserving endangered languages. Oriya enjoyed the diversity of her committee, and hearing different countries’ stances on these issues.
Sarah Weiderman was involved in the African Summit (AS), and she addressed issues on the food crisis and terrorism in Africa. Sarah appreciated how the committee was very studious and serious, but at the same time, everyone had a good time.
By Golda Gordon, MSH 2020