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Tradition of Excellence

For twenty-nine years the UW-Oshkosh Model UN Team has achieved national ranking by being selected as one of the top performing schools at the National Model United Nations Competition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and has received 28 Outstanding Delegation awards. From 1985 to 2013 the UW-Oshkosh Model UN Team ranked among the top ten delegations, selected from over 200 competing delegations. In 1991, the only year in which the Outstanding Delegations were ranked in order, UW-Oshkosh was ranked as the number one team at the National Model UN. Hence UW-Oshkosh has completed two decades in the national top ten, a rare accomplishment in any field. In addition to its distinguished national ranking, the UW-Oshkosh Model UN Organization has achieved continuing recognition by receiving awards at regional conferences over the past 25 years.

 

 

Past Delegations

2013: Ghana 

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Ghana is a country of firsts. The first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence; achieved in 1957. This West African country was also the first to accede to the regional peer review process known as the African Peer Review Mechanism, which is indicative of its relative political stability in a particularly volatile region. Formally known as the Gold Coast, Ghana's economic success largely stems from being one of the region's largest gold and cocoa producers.

2013: Timor-Leste

Timor Leste FlagAfter gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, Timor-Leste was occupied by it's neighbor Indonesia until Timor-Leste gained independence and international recognition in 2002 following the completion of one of the most successful UN missions, UNMIT. The mission, which ended in 2012, helped consolidate stability and enhance democratic governance in this fragile island state.

2012: Zambia

Zambia Flag

Zambia is one of the oddest-shaped countries in the world, with a small section of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) jutting into the middle of it, forming two distinct lobes. This little section of the DRC is known as the Congo Pedicle, and was the result from old claims from the era of European Imperialism.

2012: Papua New Guinea
PNG FlagPapua New Guinea, considered to be the gateway to Southeast Asia from the Pacific, contains one of the most heterogenous indigenous populations in the world with over 800 spoken languages. Papua New Guinea is a very isolated country given    its rugged mountainous terrain and it being an archipelagic state. Papua New Guinea gained independence on September 16, 1975.

2011: Namibia

Namibia FlagNamibia, formerly known as South West Africa, was colonized by Germany, and following WWI South Africa undertook full administrative responsibility for the territory under artice 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations and a mandate agreement by the League Council. Not until an ICJ advisory opinion in 1971 was it determined that South Africa's presence in Namibia was illegal. Namibia was granted independence in 1990 following the negotiations that culminated into the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola and the withdrawal South African troops from Namibia.

2011: Barbados

Barbados FlagA former British colony which was once heavily dependent upon the production of sugar in slave-run plantations, Barbados is now an upper-middle income country in which tourism plays a significant role in the country's economy. Due to its geographic location in the Caribbean Sea, Barbados is one of the few islands that is rarely affected by hurricanes.

 2010: Mozambique

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After five centuries as a Portuguese colony, Mozambique gained its independence in 1975. Follwoing a prolonged civil war, the country's development was severely hindered. The ruling FRELIMO party formally abandoned Marxism in 1989, and a new constitution the following year provided for multiparty elections and a free market economy. A UN-negotiated peace agreement between warring parties ended the fighting in 1992. In December 2004, Mozambique underwent a delicate transition as Joaquim Chissano stepped down after 18 years in office. His newly elected successor has promised to continue the sound economic policies that have encouraged foreign investment.

2010: Finland

Finland FlagOccupied by Sweden until the early 1800s, Finland became an autonomous grand duchy with connections to the Russian empire and became independent in 1917. Finland is now a highly industrialized, free market economy with many political and individual freedoms. The blue in the flag represents the thousands of lakes in the country while the white represents the cold temperature. 

2009: Nigeria

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The Nigerian flag predates the country's independence, as it was designed by Taiwo Akinkunmi in 1958. The flag is subdivided into 3 vertical stripes equal in size, with 2 green stripes on the outside, and one white stripe on the inside. The green stripes represent agriculture, and the middle white stripe represents unity and peace.

2008: South Africa

South Africa Flag

After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments, but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902). The resulting Union of South Africa operated under a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races. The 1990s brought an end to apartheid politically and ushered in black majority rule

2007: Madagascar

Madagascar FlagMadagascar is an island located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of southeast Africa and existed as an independent kingdom until 1885 when the French established a protectorate over the territory. Madagascar gained independence in 1960 after the Malagasy posed significant opposition to the French troops. There are over 200,000 species of plants and animals found in Madagascar and nowhere else; making the country one of the top three "hot spots" for biodiversity.

2007: Barbados

Barbados FlagA former British colony which was once heavily dependent upon the production of sugar in slave-run plantations, Barbados is now an upper-middle income country in which tourism plays a significant role in the country's economy. Due to its geographic location in the Caribbean Sea, Barbados is one of the few islands that is rarely affected by hurricanes.

2006: Benin

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This small African Country is bordered by Nigeria to the West, Togo to the East, Burkina Faso and Niger to the North, and the Atlanic Ocean to the South. Once the Kingdom of Dahomey, Benin is the Birthplace of Voodoo, the location of the Kingdom of Dahomey has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Benin has had more coups than any other African country, with 17, and was one of the few African countries to have once been communist.

2005: Mozambique

Mozambique Flag

After five centuries as a Portuguese colony, Mozambique gained its independence in 1975. Following a prolonged civil war, the country's development was severely hindered. The ruling FRELIMO party formally abandoned Marxism in 1989, and a new constitution the following year provided for multiparty elections and a free market economy. A UN-negotiated peace agreement between warrying parties ended the fighting in 1992. In December 2004, Mozambique underwent a delicate transition as Joaquim Chissano stepped down after 18 years in office. His newly elected successor has promised to continue the sound economic policies that have encouraged foreign investment.

2005: World Vision International

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Established in 1950 to care for orphans in Asia, World Vision International is a Christian relief and development organisation working for the well being of all people, especially children. Through emergency relief, education, health care, economic development and promotion of justice, World Vision helps communities help themselves.

2004: Uganda

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Uganda achieved independence from the UK in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. During the 1990s, the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.

2003: South Africa

South Africa Flag

After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments, but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902). The resulting Union of South Africa operated under a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races. The 1990s brought an end to apartheid politically and ushered in black majority rule.

2002: Burkino Faso

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Independence from France came to Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) in 1960. Governmental instability during the 1970s and 1980s was followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Several hundred thousand farm workers migrate south every year to Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.

2001: Benin

Benin Flag

This small African Country is bordered by Nigeria to the West, Togo to the East, Burkina Faso and Niger to the North, and the Atlantic Ocean to the South. Once the Kingdom of Dahomey, Benin is the Birthplace of Voodoo, the location of the Kingdom of Dahomey has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Benin has had more coups than any other African country, with 17, and was one of the few African countries to have once been communist.

2000: Gambia

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The smallest country on continental Africa, The Gambia is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West, and surrounded to the North, South, and East by Senegal.

1999: Algeria

Algeria

Algeria is one of the Largest African countries and was recently head of the Organization of African Unity.

1998: Zambia

Zambia Flag

Zambia is one of the oddest-shaped countries in the world, with a small section of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) jutting into the middle of it, forming two distinct lobes. This little section of the DRC is known as the Congo Pedicle, and was the result from old claims from the era of European Imperialism.

1997: Egypt

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Although the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is a well-known title, few people can actually name off all seven of the wonders. One wonder that people almost universally can remember is the Great Pyramid in Giza, built as a tomb for the Pharoh Khufu. For a period spanning well over 3000 years, the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in existence. It remains today the only remaining Wonder to still be standing.

1996: Uganda

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In the Eastern part of Uganda, nestled among the hills and valleys of that region, live a community of native Ugandans that practice the Jewish religion. These Ugandan Jews are known as the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, and live in a collection of 4 villages surrounding the small town of Mbale. These Jews exist because of the conversion of a man named Semei Kakungulu, who, through resistance to European conquest and religion, read of the Jewish faith and invited a Jewish trader to come and teach the faith to his village.

1995: Nigeria

Nigeria Flag

The Nigerian flag predates the country's independence, as it was designed by Taiwo Akinkunmi in 1958. The flag is subdivided into 3 vertical stripes equal in size, with 2 green stripes on the outside, and one white stripe on the inside. The green stripes represent agriculture, and the middle white stripe represents unity and peace.

1994: Gabon

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In the late 15th century, explorers from the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain) set sail down the African coast in search of new trade routes. The Spanish settled on a small island of Tomé, and in 1473, discovered the estuary of the river Como. The shape of the estuary reminded the Spanish of a caban, and gave it the name "Rio di Gaboa." In time, this name transformed itself into the present-day name of "Gabon."

1993: Botswana

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A large portion of Bostswana is taken up by the Kalahari Desert, a region inhabited by the !Kung San, known to outsiders as Bushmen. One !Kung man, known as N!xau, starred in the international hit comedy The Gods Must Be Crazy, directed by Jamie Uys. N!xau was chosen from among the !Kung by Uys himself, who needed a !Kung who was just as unaware of the outside world as his character Xi would be in the movie.

1992: Zambia

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The Zambian flag is exceptional in having its charges located on the fly half. The red stands for the struggle for freedom, the black for the Zambian people, and the orange for natural resources and mineral wealth. The eagle is representative of the people's ability to rise above the nation's problems.

1991: Cote d'Ivoire

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In 1984, the country then known as the Ivory Coast announced to the world that it wanted to be known to all countries, no matter what the native tongue, as "Côte d'Ivoire." Hence, English-language maps made since then usually label the country as "Côte d'Ivoire," despite the fact that a large portion of English-speaking people, especially in the United States, do not know what it means. Nationals of Côte d'Ivoire are called "Ivorians"

1990: Senegal

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The flag of Senegal is virtually identical with the flag of Mali, with the only difference coming from the star located in the center of the Senegalese flag. The similarities are due to the former federation between the two countries, which lasted only a few months.

1989: Saudi Arabia

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The Arab inscription on the Saudi Arabian flag reads "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet", and is the shahada, or profession of faith in Islam. Special techniques had to be developed to manufacture the flag, to keep the inscription on the reverse side from reading backwards.

1988: Zambia

Zambia Flag

To the South of Zambia flows the Zambezi river, which gave Zambia its name. The Zambezi played an important role in David Livingstone's famous journeys into and across Africa, and he named the spectacular Victoria Falls which is located on a stretch of Zambezi between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Livingstone ended his days in Northern Rhodesia, the land that is called Zambia today.

1987: Indonesia

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The nation of Indonesia encompasses most of the archipelago known as the East Indies. The archipelago is the largest known in the world, and many of the world's largest islands make a part of Indonesia. The English word "java" was derived from the Indonesian island of the same name, known for its fine coffees.

1986: Tunisia

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Tunisia encompasses the land that was once the core of Carthaginian territory before its defeat to Rome in the three Punic Wars. The present capital of Tunis is located very near the ruins of the once-mighty Carthage. The infamous Vandals also held control of the area, until the Byzantine Emperor Justinian defeated them.

1985: United Arab Emirates

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Formerly called the Trucial States, the United Arab Emirates is a federation of 7 emirates located in the southern portion of the Arabian Peninsula.

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