MUNA from 1962
The history of the University of Ottawa's Model United Nations Associations
SUNAC and the University of Ottawa, 1962-1967
SUNAC was a federation of existing UN clubs, and its’ responsibilities included distributing ideas between university associations, providing important materials, and setting-up a speakers’ bureau based on the localities of various universities. uOttawa’s Model UN team served a vital role in their operations, as it was home-base for most of the communications relayed between universities. It is important to note that this congregation of clubs is the earliest physical evidence of Model UN presence on the uOttawa campus however, SUNAC acknowledges in its’ constitution that the association brings together existing Model UN clubs.
SUNAC also sought to promote the organization of regional seminars on international affairs, including the Second Annual National Conference held at the University of Ottawa from November 28 – December 1, 1962 (newspaper article pictured here). The theme was “The Emergence of Regionalism as a World Force and its effect on the U.N.” and delegates were given the opportunity to visit various embassies in Ottawa as well as receive opening remarks from the Governor-General of Canada, His Excellency Major General Georges P. Vanier and the Leader of H.M. Loyal Opposition in Canada, the Honourable Lester B. Pearson.
Canadian Delegate to the 14th Annual ISMUN, 1962
At the invitation of the Greek United Nations Student Association, the 14th Annual Conference of the International Student Movement for the United Nations was held in the beautiful town of Levahidis, Greece. The Canadian delegation, comprising of the President of the uOttawa MUN team, represented Canadian national interests on a global stage. During these times of de-colonization, the discussion was mostly catered to evaluating colonial-era policy as it applied to a variety of countries, including Cuba. Canadian delegates refused to condemn all colonial regimes as evil and argued for the economic benefits colonizers brought to colonized lands.* However, he stressed that colonial regimes should choose to leave as soon as the colonized country could manage its open business; meaning sufficient political, economical, social and educational foundation.
*Please note that the items discussed from MUN conferences do not reflect the political opinions of the sitting Association.
University of Ottawa United Nations Organization, 1994-1997
The University of Ottawa United Nations Organization (U.O.U.N.O.) was formed in 1988 by students interested in world affairs and in the United Nations.
For this time period, UNO brought UN Peacekeepers in for classroom discussions, gained insight from guest speakers and “fireside chats” with CIIA (Canadian Institute for International Affairs), celebrated the UN’s 50th anniversary with the United Nations Association of Canada (UNAC), held a fundraising party on the West Block of Parliament Hill, attended the Lester B. Pearson peace medal ceremony, participated in UNAC foreign policy seminars and secured a temporary office on campus.
The conferences attended are as listed: Carleton MUN, McGill Model UN (won honourable mention), Harvard MUN conference (represented Slovenia), and the New York MUN conference. UNO held 6 general assemblies over the academic year covering a variety of topics including: Cuban politics, Third-World Urban Development and Youth Engagement in UNAC.