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Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

UH Hilo team wins honors from U.N.

A team of student delegates from University of Hawaii at Hilo was honored April 15 at the annual National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The UH HILO team placed in the top ten percent among the 289 schools and over 3,500 student delegates from around the world.

“I am so very proud of our students; they represented our University, the community and our home State of Hawaiʻi and Hilo with distinction and honor,” said Dr. Phillip Taylor, professor of political science at UH Hilo who led the team with head student delegate Tai Tokeshi. “Their accomplishments were made more significant in that only one of the 21 team members had ever been to a national collegiate conference previously.”

The NMUN is considered one of the most effective tools for teaching students the dynamics of multilateral diplomacy and international relations. College students and faculty from around the world work in the conference setting to propose resolutions regarding regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, women and children, economic and social development and the environment.

The theme of this year’s NMUN Conference was “Promoting Peace through Education.”


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