The almost 30 Pace University New York City students gathered in midtown Manhattan for the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference this week are deliberating on the theme “Hope for Lasting Peace” in simulations of global deliberations on issues of peace, security, sustainability and development.

“With the uncertainty and unrest that make daily headlines, many are prone to fear and pessimism,” reflected Andrew N. Ludlow, NMUN 2012 Secretary-General, but “with more than 5,000 delegates coming together this week to create pragmatic solutions based on timeless ideals, I am more optimistic than ever.”

Ludlow believes that by participating in NMUN, students can learn valuable lessons for citizenship and careers in the international arena: “The skills, networks and global perspectives that you develop at this conference are what you will need to resolve these very same issues in your own countries and working together across borders.”

Located only two express subway stops from the iconic United Nations complex on the East River, Pace University’s New York City Model UN program has a 60-year history of excellence in regional, national and international conferences. Model UN at Pace is uniquely integrated into the Political Science curriculum within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and aims to encourage students to develop skills in global citizenship and policymaking.