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Taiwan students participate in model United Nations for 4th year

Taiwan students participate in model United Nations for 4th year

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Taiwanese students took part recently in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York for the fourth consecutive year, gaining a valuable opportunity to build diplomatic skills, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York said Tuesday.
The experience of representing Taiwan in UMUN is a rare one for Taiwanese students, as Taiwan has had very few chances to participate in any U.N. events since it lost its U.N. seat in 1971, said Kao Jen-chuan, director of TECO-New York.
The Taiwan delegation to this year's NMUN conference, which was held March 28-April 1, comprised 12 students from National Chengchi University's Department of Diplomacy and two others from the ROC Military Academy, according to a statement released by the office.
After the conference, the students on Monday attended a reception held in their honor by TECO-New York.
NMUN-NY, which brings together more than 4,000 delegates from around the world each year, is the world's largest college-level model United Nations. The conference is usually sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association, a recognized non-governmental organization associated with the U.N. Department of Public Information.
Taiwan had been pushing unsuccessfully for membership or participation in the U.N. between 1993 and 2008.
However, after President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, Taiwan shifted to a pragmatic and non-provocative approach aimed at seeking meaningful participation in specialized U.N. agencies such as the World Health Assembly (WHA), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Kao noted.
Last year, for the first time in 16 years, Taiwan did not make a formal bid for U.N. representation and instead asked its diplomatic allies to voice support for its participation in specialized U.N.
agencies.
This approach, which is in line with Ma's flexible diplomacy policy, has gained the approval of the international community and contributed positively to the development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations, Kao said.
(By Lillian Lin and Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-02-28 06:34 GMT+08:00