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3rd Toyo University Model United Nations successfully held online

The Toyo University Model United Nations (“Toyo MUN”) event was held over two days on March 19 and March 20. This is the third main conference led primarily by students this year.

This academic year, Toyo MUN was held as part of Online Collaborative Education in the Asia Pacific - UMAP-based SDGs Online Collaborative Learning and Virtual Model United Nations (MUN), for which Toyo University had been selected as a project for the Japan Forum for Internationalization of Universities (JFIU). The online main conference attracted the participation of 69 students from 18 educational institutions in 11 countries, 55 of whom engaged in discussions as chairpersons or delegates.

From our University, four students participated as delegates, three as volunteers for operation of the event, and 11 as audience members. The conference opened with an address by Vice President Kazuo Takahashi at the opening ceremony held at the beginning of the first day of the event.

At the conference, participants from around the world mutually discussed current world affairs and SDG-conscious topics under the third Toyo MUN theme of "Towards a Future of Sustainable Development Diplomacy."

Two committees were established: (1) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and (2) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The participants deepened their discussions in the committee of their choice. As delegates, the participants had conducted research and policy-making activities for the country and theme in their charge while gaining background knowledge through workshops held on a weekly basis for approximately one month until the start of the conference. During the conference, they engaged in discussions and negotiations to contribute toward solving the problems of international society as a whole while taking into consideration national interests based on the policies of the country in charge.

At the closing ceremony held on the second day of the event, the chairperson of each committee presented an award to the delegates who had played a remarkably important role during the conference (see the "List of Awardees" below). The participants engaged in discussions in a serious but comfortable environment and conducted very meaningful international exchange activities over the two days
. According to the participant questionnaire, 80% or more of the participants were "very satisfied" or "satisfied," and similarly, 80% or more said they would recommend their friends and families to participate in Toyo MUN. The participants gave many positive comments, such as: "We had the best discussions!” and “I gained the opinions of representatives from around the world and learned not only about the content of the discussions but also about the Model UN system.“ and "The operation was smooth. I would like to thank the staff."

Launched in AY 2020 by international students from the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies of our University, Toyo MUN has grown into an event in which various faculties are involved in its operation. The event is international in nature, where all activities, including those during the preparation period, are conducted completely in English. In preparation for this year’s Toyo MUN, four interns had worked for about five months to launch a website, prepare various materials, and engage in publicity activities through SNS and other media.

In addition, our faculty members from the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, the Faculty of Sociology, the Faculty of Law and the Center for Global Education and Exchange of our University joined as advisors and as preparation committee members in the planning, preparation, and operation of Toyo MUN with the cooperation of staff members from the International Affairs Office. Toyo MUN, in which 70% of participants are first-time participants, is conducted under the activity concept of "opportunities to bring together students with various cultural backgrounds,” and therefore, several workshops are held prior to the main conference in order to provide participants with lectures from experts and opportunities to gain knowledge about the conference proceedings. In addition, the event is also linked to the “Toyo Global Leader Program, a program for developing global human resources within our University, and Toyo Global (TG) points will be given to participants from our University.

In the future, we will provide more extensive training on writing and debating methods in English prior to the date of the main conference, aiming to make it more friendly to first-time participants.


Overview of the Event 

Date: Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2022
Venue: Online (via zoom) However, the operation staff is active in this event at the Hakusan Campus of Toyo University.

Program:

12:30-18:15, Saturday, March 19

12:30-13:00

Participant reception

13:00-13:30

Various explanations regarding the opening ceremony and conference sessions

13:30-13:45

Break time

13:45-15:45

First half of MUN Conference Session 1

15:45-16:00

Break time

16:00-18: 00

Second half of MUN Conference Session 1

18:00-18:15

Plenary session


10:00-20:00, Sunday, March 20

10:00-10:30

Student participants reception

10:30-12:30

First half of MUN Conference Session 2

12:30-14:00

Break time

14:00-16: 00

Second half of MUN Conference Session 2

16:00-16:30

Break time

16:30-18:00

First half of MUN Conference Session 3

18:00-18:30

Break time

18:30-19:30

Second half of MUN Conference Session 3

19:30-20:00

Award Ceremony and Closing Ceremony

 

Theme for the third Toyo MUN

Towards a Future of Sustainable Development Diplomacy

(持続可能な開発のための外交の未来に向けて)


Theme for each Committee:

(IAEA)Dealing with the Fukushima waste water issue(福島の廃水問題への対応について考える)
(UNODC) The role of media against corruption
(腐敗に対するメディアの役割

 

Institutions to which participants belong:

<Universities (14 Universities or Colleges)> Toyo University, Okayama University and Chuo University (Japan), Ashbourne Sixth Form College (UK), University of Bologna (Italy), Sebelas Maret University (Indonesia), Central Queensland University (Australia), Shandong University, Fu Jen Catholic University and Neusoft Institute of Information (China), De La Salle University, Father Saturnino Urios University (Philippines), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University of Lille (France), University of Brunei Darussalam (Brunei), and Foreign Language Specialized School (Vietnam)

<High school (one school)>SMAK 1 Penabur (Indonesia)

 

List of Awardees:

Best Delegate Award(最優秀大使賞):

Aisyah S. Syamsul (IAEA)

Charan Megalen Semeron (UNODC)


Outstanding Delegate Award(優秀大使賞):

Julean A. Palpallatoc (IAEA)

Krisalin Amanda Fidelya MarpaungUNODC


Honorable Mention Award(特別賞):

Alejandro Gabriel Espino (IAEA)

Chen Jing (UNODC)

Yedda Marie R. Bueno (UNODC)


Verbal Commendation Award
(奨励賞):

Izak Gabrielle C. Tiong (IAEA)

Matthew N. Ramirez (IAEA)

Laurice Angel V. Eleda (UNODC)

Xybastian Mathew L. Trinidad (UNODC)


Best Position Paper Award(最優秀ポジションペーパー賞):

Arrabela R. Lumanglas (IAEA)

Isabella Ragazzini (UNODC)



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