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Second Toyo Model United Nations (Toyo MUN)a Success.



88 students from 19 schools joined

Our second Toyo MUN was held on March 27-28th 2021 with remarkable success. We would like to convey our sincere gratitude to our partner schools and UMAP member institutions for their support. Following the 1st MUN in August 2020, the two day event was coordinated 100% online under the conditions of COVID-19. It attracted 88 participants from 19 educational institutions in 12 countries. Sixty-three students were actively engaged in intensive committee discussion as chairpersons and ambassadors.  From Toyo University, 9 ambassadors and 14 administrative volunteers participated in this event.  At the opening ceremony, Prof. Etsuko Yaguchi, President of Toyo, welcomed the participants and pointed out significance of MUN as a part of global citizenship education, focusing on leadership and communications skills, and knowledge of diplomacy. Prof. Steve Green also gave a keynote speech and encouraged collaborative learning among students.

During the two-day MUN, participants worked on a series of committee assignments and discussions related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the main theme of the event was “Cultivating Global Youth Leaders through introducing Model United Nations”.

The MUN participants were divided into 3 house committees: Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and World Health Organization (WHO).  Delegates prepared country profiles and position papers, and then negotiated with other delegates to solve global issues, reflecting the interest of the country they represented.

At the closing ceremony, the committee chairperson announced and awarded the most active delegate in each committee. All the students enjoyed discussions and developed cross-border friendships with each other.  Those students who have previous experience of MUN commented that this event was coordinated very smoothly with a high level of discussion and debate.  One of the first timers commented, “I enjoyed diverse points of view from other participants and I will definitely come back to the MUN next year”.

Toyo MUN was originally started by volunteer students of School of Global Innovation, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies (GRS) at Toyo. Based on the collaboration with GRS faculty members and Center of Global Education and Exchange (CGEE), we were able to support this student-centered project. Prior to the main event in March, there were various pre-meetings, study sessions and workshop which invited a few guest speakers. One of the most significant workshops was a special lecture offered by UNESCO Bangkok office.  On this occasion, we would like to express sincere gratitude to those experts and professionals who supported the MUN. We would like to continue to endeavor to fulfill MUN’s original mission and to strive towards peaceful, multilateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development.


Program

DAY 1: MARCH 27 (Japan Standard Time)

Opening Ceremony

     1:20PM - 2:00PM

Session 1 First Half

     2:15PM - 3:30PM

Session 1 Second Half

     3:45PM - 5:30PM

Announcements

     5:30PM - 5:40PM

 

DAY 2: March 28 (Japan Standard Time)

Convening    

     9:45AM - 10:00AM

Session 2 First Half

     10:00AM - 12:00PM

Session 2 Second Half

     12:15PM - 1:30PM

Session 3 First Half

     3:00PM - 5:00PM

Session 3 Second Half

     5:15PM - 6:45PM

Awards

     6:45PM - 7:15PM

Closing Ceremonies

     7:15PM - 7:40PM

MUN Theme
Cultivating Global Youth Leaders through introducing Model United Nations

House Committe
(SOCHUM) Addressing the Rise of Xenophobia and Related Discrimination in the Pandemic-Era
(WHO) Achieving SDGs 3 amidst the global pandemic 
(UNESCO) Resolving the educational issues faced by generation C


Participants
<Universities(5 from Japan, 12 from Overseas)>
Toyo University
・Aichi Shukutoku University・Okayama University・Tokyo International University・Yamanashi Gakuin University (Japan)

Ashbourne College(UK)・De La Salle University(Philippines)・Deakin University(Australia)・Far Eastern University- Manila(Philippines)・Fu Jen Catholic University(Taiwan)・HELP University(Malaysia)・Thammasat University(Thailand)・University of Montana(USA)・Sapienza Università di Roma - La Sapienza(Italy)・National University of Malaysia(Malaysia)・University of Indonesia(Indonesia)・Victory University of Wellington(New Zealand)

<High Schools>
Cau Giay High School
(Vietnam)・Luong The Vinh High School(Vietnam)