27 Nov

Model United Nations Conference

On Saturday 18th November, 19 students ranging from Lower Fifth to Upper Sixth attended the Model United Nations conference held at Malvern St James School. The conference opened with a speech from Peter Murphy, a former EU ambassador to Cameroon. Murphy delivered an interesting talk on the effectiveness of foreign aid and the role of an ambassador. After the speech, the delegates went off to their various UN committees. In joint delegations with students from KES, our students represented USA, Syria, Afghanistan, Chile, Cuba, Iran, Italy, Myanmar, New Zealand and Uruguay. During many lively debates, issues such as the rights of indigenous people and the housing of migrants were fully explored. All the delegates obtained an insight into how to defend unpopular, often indefensible positions and the complexities of diplomacy and managing the balance between a nation’s self-interests against those of the planet as a whole.

As ever, our students performed admirably and our USA delegation won the prize for Outstanding Delegation. Congratulations go to Natalija and Cerian who were members of the winning delegation. Our Syria team which included Pratiksha and Kiran was also commended. Nikita won the prize for Best Young Delegate on the Special Committee on Terrorism where Kiran also won a commended delegate award. Natalija won a Highly Commended delegate award on the Economic Committee where Pratiksha was also commended. Well done to all our delegates for an excellent display of debating skills!