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Students Represent at MUN

Beaconsfield High School students have once again taken up the challenge at the annual Model United Nations conference in Croydon, debating, approving and rejecting a number resolutions in role play.

Topics for debate and resolution have included prisons around the world, the use and reduction of chemical weapons, peace in Yemen and food waste management. Alia Chohan and Kavya Sharma have performed well as Chairs on Special Conference on Sustainable Development Goals and Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Issues, while Marrianne James has acted as a delegate from Germany, called as a witness in front of the International Court of Justice and grilled for 40 minutes by advocates and Judges on the issue of phosphorus extraction and compensation on the island of Nauru.

MUN is a simulation/role play based on the United Nations. Students form delegations and represent the policies of their chosen country on such issues as Arab Spring, Palestine, the Environment, Drug Trafficking and the Death Penalty.

Model United Nations provides a unique opportunity for young people to investigate the origin of, and background to, many of the problems and issues in the world today; and by seeking, through discussion, negotiation and debate, solutions to various problems, which enables them to develop a far better understanding and appreciation of current global affairs.

The research and preparation required, the adoption of views and attitudes other than their own, the involvement and interaction with so many other young people, all combine to give the students a deep insight into the World’s problems, and also make them aware of the causes of conflict between nations, and lead them to a better understanding of the interests and motivations of others.

Equally, participation in MUN enables delegates to develop study and communication skills, through a variety of experiences.