Edison Model United Nations


Tara Zadeh, Journalist

On January 20, the Corona del Mar Speech and Debate team attended the Edison Model United Nations conference at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, and the team competed against various schools around the area. Model United Nations is a simulation of a United Nations council meeting, and at each conference students or schools are given a country to represent as delegates. Each meeting is typically surrounded by an issue at hand that entails a great deal of urgency, and the objective is to create resolutions while cooperating and extending your ideas to countries, or students, in the room. Through a series of speeches and caucuses, delegates will form alliances and establish their resolution, which they will compose later during the event.
Customarily, a Model United Nations conference comprises moderated and unmoderated caucuses. A moderated caucus is a more formal method in which delegates can share their views. This type of caucus is overseen by the dias, or chair of the committee, and has selected speaking times. An unmoderated caucus is more casual and allows delegates to converse with one another.
This year, CdM represented the Netherlands, and participated in several committees, including Isis, Mali, South Sudan, and more. This was the year’s first Model United Nations event, and it was an exciting and enriching experience.