New York 2020 Archive

New York Cancellation

On 12 March 2020, with heavy hearts we had to announce that the NMUN•NY 2020 conferences would not be held. Since our founding in 1927 there was only one other time that we were not able to gather together as future leaders from around the world. That was in 1945 due to a World War II travel ban. We did not make this decision lightly out of respect for the commitment and preparation from delegations and volunteer staff. The guidance from public officials made it clear that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was impossible to hold the NY 2020 conference. New York City basically shut down, the Hilton hotel closed for over a year, quarantines and travel bans were implemented around the world, and lockdowns were common.

Awards: Conf. A and Conf. B

General Assembly (GA)

General Assembly First Committee (GA1)

  1. Establishment of a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Region of the Middle East
  2. Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace in the Context of International Security
  3. The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects

General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)

  1. Financing for Development
  2. Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Sustainable Development
  3. Disaster Risk Reduction

General Assembly Third Committee (GA3)

  1. Rights of Indigenous People
  2. Empowering Conflict-Affected Children and Youth
  3. Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

  1. Building Partnerships to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Ending Abuse, Exploitation, Trafficking and All Forms of Violence against and Torture of Children

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

  1. Improving Vulnerable Persons' Access to Justice including a Fair Trial
  2. Combating Organized Cybercrime
  3. Combating Illicit Organ Trafficking

Commission on Population and Development (CPD)

  1. Improving Accessibility and the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Urban Areas
  2. Supporting a Growing Population of Older Persons in Rural Areas
  3. Population, Food Security, Nutrition, and Sustainable Development

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

  1. Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship
  2. Promoting the Involvement of Women in Political Participation
  3. Protecting Women in Migration from Human Trafficking, Sexual Slavery, and Sexual Exploitation

Economic and Social Council Plenary (ECOSOC)

  1. 20-Year Review: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  2. Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011–2020
  3. Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective into All Policies and Programmes in the United Nations System

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

  1. Promoting the Development of Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure
  2. Supporting Emerging Economies through Technical Cooperation
  3. Strengthening Regional Cooperation to Ensure Sustainable Energy


Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

  1. Addressing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic among Young Women
  2. Preventing Tuberculosis Infection among People Living with HIV

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  1. Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Water and Ocean Governance
  2. Closing the Energy Gap for All People

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  1. Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Areas
  2. Promoting Open Access to Scientific Information and Research
  3. Harnessing Emerging Technologies for the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4

United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

  1. Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  2. Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production
  3. Mitigation of and Adaptation to Desertification and Drought

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

  1. Accelerating Industrial Development in Africa
  2. Promoting Sustainable Rural Entrepreneurship and Businesses
  3. Achieving Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs

Human Rights Council (HRC)

  1. The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age
  2. Combating Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance
  3. Business and Human Rights

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the (UNHCR)

  1. Forced Displacement Due to Climate Change
  2. Ensuring Access to Safe and Sustainable Energy
  3. Improving Employment Opportunities for Refugees and Displaced Persons (DPs)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

  1. Promoting Access to Family Planning in Developing States
  2. Increasing Youth Leadership and Participation in Society

World Food Programme (WFP)

  1. Smallholder Agriculture Market Support to Achieve Zero Hunger
  2. Improving Food Assistance for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. Universal Health Coverage: Leaving No One Behind
  2. Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Peace and Security

Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)

  1. Empowering Youth as Agents of Peacebuilding
  2. Sustaining Peace through Partnerships

Security Council (SC)

  1. The Situation in Yemen
  2. Women, Peace, and Security
  3. Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
  • SC / SC-A Background Guide
  • SC Resolutions Conf. A - not applicable
  • SC Resolutions Conf. B - not applicable
  • SC-A Resolutions Conf. A - not applicable
  • SC-A Resolutions Conf. B - not applicable

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Review Conference (NPT)

  1. Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
  2. Strengthening Measures towards General and Complete Nuclear Disarmament

Volunteer Leadership

Angela M. Shively
Angela M. Shively
Secretary-General Conference A
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Angela attended Lone Star College - Kingwood and the University of Houston where she studied Political Science. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas where she works in multi-family real estate and property management. She has volunteered with NMUN•NY since 2011 and has volunteered with the NMUN•DC conference since 2013 having served as Secretary-General in 2017 and 2018.
Lauren Shaw
Lauren Shaw
Deputy Secretary-General Conference A
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Lauren currently works as a Project Coordinator at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, where she manages randomized controlled trials of programs aimed at increasing labor force participation and reducing violent crime. She previously worked on impact evaluations of K-12 education policies in the United States. Lauren began volunteering with NMUN in July 2011 and has staffed 12 conferences, including serving as SG of NMUN•DC 2016 and DSG of NMUN•NY 2018. She holds a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science and Foreign Service from Alma College. 
María Luisa 'Malu' Ortega
María Luisa 'Malu' Ortega
Secretary-General Conference B
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Malu is from Quito, Ecuador where she currently works as Chief of International Cooperation for the Pichincha Provincial Government. She holds a BA in International Relations from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and a MA in International Relations with a focus in International Security and Human Rights from FLACSO-Ecuador. Malu has volunteered with NMUN•NY since 2011 and has participated as a volunteer staff in three international NMUN conferences.
Clarissa Manning
Clarissa Manning
Deputy Secretary-General Conference B
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Clarissa is originally from Apple Valley, California where she attended Victor Valley College and participated as a delegate at NMUN•NY for two years. She then transferred to UCLA where she studied political science and public policy, earning her BA in Political Science and her Master’s in Public Policy. She now co-operates BOTEC Analysis, a consulting firm providing policy analysis and implementation advisory services. Clarissa joined the NMUN•NY volunteer staff in 2011.