Sixth Form debate at Model United Nations

Sixth Form After School/EECA

Upper Sixth Form student, Jack, reflects on the Model United Nations Conference:

At this year’s Model United Nations (MUN), St Columba’s College were assigned three nations, Namibia, Libya and Mexico. For many of us, it was our last year doing MUN and therefore we knew what to expect and were prepared for some fierce debating.

On the Friday evening, we heard a great speech from the former UK ambassador to North Korea, Michael Gifford. There was a great buzz in the room, and we started to introduce ourselves and our resolutions.

The Saturday morning was the first time we witnessed this year’s strongest delegates and unsurprisingly, they gave outstanding opening speeches. Throughout the day we discussed highly controversial issues, such as polygamy. Countries such as myself (Libya) and Saudi Arabia actively encouraged polygamy, whilst most European delegates bitterly opposed it. It was certainly an interesting day!

The highlight of the MUN this year for me personally was hearing the speech by Michael Gifford. It was a one-off experience to listen to his experience in diplomacy, and having the opportunity to speak to him one-on-one at the end.

Haileybury MUN 2019 was a fantastic experience which will live long in my memory.   

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