​TRIMUNC

​​​Triangle Model United Nations Inc.

The 6th annual TRIMUNC will be held on Friday, March 2nd at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Student Union. For more information continue to browse our website.
Our conference theme this year is The Rise of Nationalism and Extremism
   
​In an increasingly divisive world, the rise of nationalism and extremism have played a significant role. For this conference we want to understand the impacts of these ideas across the globe, focusing on how we can stray away from reactionary movements and instead towards unified development.

    


Welcome!
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Welcome to TRIMUNC, the Triangle Model United Nations Conference for middle school students. 

Our mission is to create a Model United Nation’s conference for middle school students in North Carolina and beyond that is professional, high quality, and allows for and embraces the diversity of delegates from different backgrounds, preparation levels and experiences. To further create a middle school conference that captures the scope of the work of the United Nations by offering a variety of committees, including but not limited to HRC, CSW, ECOSOC, SC, UNEP and WHO. Furthermore, the TRIMUNC middle school conference is meant to develop self-confidence and public speaking skills in delegates. Learning to approach dissent and conflict with a goal towards positive solutions that mutually benefits many interests is a skill students will be able take with them to high school and beyond.

OUR HISTORY

TRIMUNC began when Kaori López, MUN advisor at Duke School, decided to create a Model United Nations conference for middle-school students in Durham, NC in order to make the conference experience more accessible to students in the greater Triangle area. She mentored a group of very talented and intelligent delegates, now college students, who were motivated to serve as the Secretariat and Organizing Committee.

The first year, the conference focused on world health issues because of the importance of global health in the Research Triangle Park area. In 2013, the conference had a focus on tolerance.  Our guest speaker was Imam Abdullah Antepli, the Duke Muslim Chaplain.  

In 2014, our third year, the conference had a climate change theme that was incorporated in many committees.  Our guest speaker was a science teacher from Langston Hughes Middle School in Virginia, Xavier Alire.  That year the conference was expanded to include five more important UN committees:  the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the General Assembly (GA), the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the Security Council (SC).
​For the 2016 TRIMUN conference, our 5th year, the theme was Race and Inclusion. Our speaker was Curi Teran a Youth Ambassador to the United Nations on behalf of Indigenous People and a current student at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque.

 In 2015, the conference theme was “Women:  Expanding the Conversation.”  Additionally, the conference has expanded to a total of seven UN committees. 
Who Are We?
I am a junior at UNC Chapel Hill double majoring in African American Studies and Political Science. I joined Kaori's MUN in 8th grade and it opened up my world view. Never before had I been asked to think about problems such as maternal mortality in liberia, or the struggle for peace and land in the West Bank. MUN taught me public speaking skills, and gave me the confidence to critically think about world issues. I now work with people involved in the Criminal Justice system, and people reentering the community from prisons and jails. My goal is to be a lawyer and help end mass incarcerations disparate effects on minority communities. 
I am a junior at NC State majoring in Microbiology with a concentration in Microbial Health Sciences and minoring in Psychology. My passion for Model UN (MUN) began when I joined the MUN at Duke School in eighth grade. I have been a part of Triangle Model United Nations (TRIMUN) from the time Kaori Lopez formed the organization in 2012. I was a chair for the World Health Organization committee throughout highschool and developed an interest in healthcare. I am currently pursuing a career in medicine and public health.
?What Is MUN
With over 900,000 participants in the United States alone, Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nation’s deliberative assemblies.  It aims to expose students to different world cultures and perspectives, educate them about world problems, teach them about both debate and collaboration, and provide an opportunity to have fun with friends.  It consists of both preparation, which is normally done through school clubs, and the conference itself, which is the culmination of months of research and practice.

People of all different skill levels and ages can enjoy Model UN.  Our conference is for middle school students of all abilities.

Introduction to the United Nations

The United Nations became official on October 24, 1945 when the charter was ratified.  The purpose of the United Nations was to have a forum where nations could come together to work on peace and development.  Through the United Nations, countries seek a balance between global interdependence and national interests.

There are 194 member nations in the United Nations who meet in the General Assembly.  While decisions reached are non-binding, each nation has a vote and the decisions often lead to positive change.
The United Nations is located in New York City, though the land where the buildings stand are considered international territory.  The six official languages used at the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth,
full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine
resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial
ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification,
and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable
development, provide access to justice for all and build
effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development 

The Aims of the United Nations

  • To keep peace through the world.
  • To develop friendly relations between nations.
  • To work together to help people live better lives, to eliminate poverty, disease and illiteracy in the world, to stop environmental destruction and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms.
  • To be a center for helping nations achieve these aims.

The Principles of the United Nations

  • All Member States have sovereign equality.
  • All Member States must obey the Charter.
  • Countries must try to settle their differences by peaceful means.
  • Countries must avoid using force or threatening to use force.
  • The United Nations may not interfere in the domestic affairs of any country.
  • Countries should try to assist the United Nations.