Ratifying its commitment to the internationalization of education in our country, San Ignacio de Loyola University (USIL) hosted the eighth edition of the Harvard National Model United Nations - Latin America (HNMUNLA 2019) academic conference.
The event was co-organized by the International Debate Promoter PRIDE Perú and Harvard University’s International Relations Council (IRC). It brought together approximately 500 young people, including undergraduates and students from 15 countries across America, Europe, and Asia. Over four intense days, they discussed issues of international conjuncture under the model of the United Nations, pretending to represent different member countries of the UN.
HNMUN-LA 2019's opening speech was delivered by USIL founder and Board President Raúl Diez Canseco, who urged participants to have an international dimension in the program they study and always be authentic professionals.
Winners and participants
Among the winners, the teams that stood out were Peruvian Debate Society (Best Large Delegation), Peruvian Universities (Outstanding Large Delegation), and in the Best Small Delegation category, IRMUN Society USIL, made up of students from San Ignacio de Loyola University.
Our students received the following awards: Paula Sofía Negron Bazalar and Rodrigo José Acevedo Espinoza (Best Delegate) from the United Nations Security Council Committee, 1985; Santiago Wong Pérez (Outstanding Delegate) from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO Committee; and Lauren Alice Cottle Bastante (Outstanding Delegate) from the Cabinet of Raúl Alfonsín Committee, 1983.
The participants of HNMUNLA 2019 belonged to the United States, Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, El Salvador, Bolivia, Colombia, France, Chile, Panama, Germany, India, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Perú.
Participants researched and debated issues of economic, political, cultural and social conjuncture, mainly counter-terrorism measures, reforms of the Sea Convention, prevention of drug trafficking in cyberspace, global poverty and its effects on women, freedom of expression and independence of the media, the crisis in Venezuela, and more.
The goal of HNMUN-LA is to give young people the skills, tools, and experiences they need to be a force for positive change in the world. After four arduous days of debate, we can say that the event, co-organized by PRIDE Perú and the IRC of Harvard University was a resounding success that should encourage the promotion of more events of this nature in favor of our young people.
Dean of the USIL Law School
"USIL is Perú's most global university and one of the most international in Latin America. With this characteristic within our DNA, it is fundamental that the best events, like this one, are within the normal program of the school and university. In order for students to be good global professionals, it is essential that they interact with an international university, that they take their talent around the world, and are global entrepreneurs”.
Susana De los Ángeles Ortiz Valdez
Carol Morgan School – Dominican Republic
“This is an event from my favorite university. It is an opportunity to meet potential classmates and the entire Harvard community. I found it very interesting to communicate with people from Latin American countries, and this experience in general will be very useful for the Economics and Political Science program I want to study”.