Four students from Bond University have been selected to represent Australia in the 2006 Harvard World Model United Nations (World MUN) conference in March.
The conference is hosted in a different international location each year, where approximately 1000 delegates representing over 50 different countries gather to discuss the issues facing the international community.
The conference is being hosted by Peking University in Beijing, China from 27 - 31 March 2006 and is described as the world's most fun and realistic simulation of the United Nations.
Bond University is the largest contingent in the Australian delegation, with ‘Bondies’ representing four of the 18 delegates selected from 9 universities throughout Australia.
The Bond team consists of Luke Hamlin, Brett Nordstrom, Avnita Lakhani and Nick Wang. Ms Lakhani and Mr Wang were also selected to be a part of the International Criminal Court application committee.
The committee will simulate two cases pending before the International Criminal Court.
Bond University student Nick Wang said he was grateful to be chosen to be part of the international conference.
“The United Nations is no doubt one of the most remarkable achievements of global unity,” he said.
“This highly regarded multilateral institution has dominated world politics ever since its inception and will continue to do so for years to come.
“I see this conference as a unique opportunity to explore and understand the functioning of this remarkable organisation, and hopefully one-day I will have the honour to take part in the real thing and make history,” Mr Wang said.
Bond Law student Avnita Lakhani also has aspirations to one day work with the United Nations, and sees her involvement in the conference as a step in the right direction towards achieving her dream.
“My long-term goal is to be a diplomat and have a lasting impact in resolving international disputes by working with international organisations such as the United Nations,” Ms Lakhani said.
The team is looking for local business sponsorship to help cover their travel expenses.