Help Make a Difference in International Issues

What if the world’s soil runs out? What if Ebola become airborne? These questions may sound silly but they are serious international concerns that may become tomorrow’s reality. In fact, these issues appear on the United Nations (UN) agenda. For this reason, Intergenerational Model United Nations (IGMUN) was created so that everyone can provide their insight, opinion, and solution to the topic; not just UN ambassadors. IGMUN is an authentic simulation of the United Nations.

United Nations Association (UNA) USA, Northern California Division created the one-day program. Northern California has had a long standing history with the UN. In 1945, it was the birthplace of the UN with the charter signed in San Francisco. This region has a reputation for being socially aware and globally active on modern-day issues. Northern California is home to some of the most active non-government organizations and corporations in the world.

With such cutting-edge developments that have a major influence on the rest of the world, the UNA NorCal serves to provide the public with information and events surrounding the UN and global affairs. The organization is dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the UN. IGMUN is one of the many events the organization hosts in hopes of bringing and increasing global awareness on current issues.

The first four IGMUN conferences took place at the San Francisco World Affairs Council, Alameda Science & Technology Institute, then at the California State University of San Francisco, where more than 400 people combined participated in the events.

This year’s fifth annual conference will take place at six different locations nationally, including one at the University of California Berkeley on Saturday, Oct. 10. More than 400 people are expected to participate. IGMUN continues to grow nationally due to its noncompetitive, intergenerational and educational nature. IGMUN is designed as a teaching and learning conference and is intended for both novices and delegates with prior Model UN experience. Participants will strengthen their problem solving skills to real-world challenges.

This year, IGMUN will offer eight committees on a variety of topics relevant to the international community. The first Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) committee will be hosting a simulation on the topic of global terrorism, an issue most pressing with the activities of non-state entities such as the Islamic State and Boko Haram.

The International Tele-communication Union will discuss cybercrime and espionage made possible by the advancement in modern technology and an advanced committee, the Security Council, will be available for more experienced delegates. These are just a few of the varied topics that will be offered.

For more information on the IGMUN program and to receive early bird discounts if registered by this Saturday, July 25, visit www.igmun.org.

Rongjian "Eddie" Yu is an Alameda Sun intern. Contact him at editor@alamedasun.com.