Student-led MUN conference at UWCD
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Student-run Model United Nations conference took place during Project Week, October 24-26. The aim of this project was to gather UWC students to learn on practice about diplomacy, the work of the United Nations and obtain valuable skills of debating and writing UN-style resolutions. 

By Dasha Khamaza (Russia, UWCD’21)

Student-run Model United Nations conference took place during Project Week, October 24-26. The aim of this project was to gather UWC students to learn on practice about diplomacy, the work of the United Nations and obtain valuable skills of debating and writing UN-style resolutions. 

The conference started with workshops on the basics of MUN and ice-breakers, giving newcomers time to learn all formal rules and procedures. Participants were assigned countries and allocated to committees, Security Council and African Union. In order to have fruitful debates, they prepared by researching their state's policies and stance on international issues. 


Chairing and organising this event was interesting and teaching. Most people did not know the MUN debate criteria and procedure. It was a nice experience - teaching people how it is all done and then seeing them doing the debate themselves. I think I gained some more experience for future conferences that I might take part in.” - said Emmanuel Sakala (‘21, Zambia), Head of Chairs. 


For the Opening Ceremony, organizers and several chosen participants gave their speeches, encouraging delegates to have productive work and giving an overview of the current political, social, and economical situation in the world.

No matter what the results will be at the end of two days, even if the resolution papers you will have written won’t pass, we want to meet our primary targets for this conference which is to inform you, the delegates, about how the UN works and how our worlds are affected by contemporary issues.” - said Pinar Yalcin (‘21, Turkey), Secretary-General, on the Opening Ceremony. 

During the two days that followed, delegates debated the issues in their committees, presenting their solutions, collaborating and sometimes disagreeing with other countries' suggestions. 

What inspired me the most and gave me a lot of motivation in the process is when we saw how, during lunch breaks, the MUN participants in formal clothes were sitting together, continuing their heated discussions and including students from other project weeks into the conversations. This showed how MUN can impact others - promoting the learning process outside of the classroom.” - noted Dasha Khamaza  (‘21, Russia), Secretary-General. 

The conference terminated with the General Assembly, chaired by the Secretaries-General. During final deliberations, all resolutions were reviewed and final votes were counted. The conference was officially closed after Chairs awarded most active participants in the committees. 

One of the organizers, Jaap Steunenberg ('21, Netherlands) says: “As chair of admin, I was able to experience first-hand the issues that committees had. In my previous MUN experiences, I was always a delegate and took the conference for granted. But now I see that it really is work and effort put into conferences which are not visible on the surface. It has brought me experience on how to run a conference, which will greatly benefit me in the future.

It is hard to imagine a better place for a MUN conference than a United World College. Created to promote peace and sustainable development, the school teaches intercultural understanding that is so crucial when solving problems on the world scale. Thanks to MUN project week, students had the opportunity to try themselves as the representatives of other countries, aiming to understand why states behave differently. This experience helped everyone - participants and organizers - to learn new and useful skills and look at the world from a different perspective and just allowed to have fun in a productive environment. 
 

 

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