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Posted on: March 8th 2019

College Delegates Debate World Issues at Model UN

College delegates at Felsted for Model UN Conference 2019

Bishop’s Stortford College sent its largest ever delegation, a mixture of L5th for the first time, L6th and U6th students’, to the Model UN conference at Felsted School.  

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’: the twelfth, and certainly one of the most important, of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  The drive for responsible consumption and production has certainly gained international recognition in recent decades, if not widespread support, but this almost ubiquitous awareness can lead to the assumption that there is also universal action. Indeed, despite the fact that, by 2018, 108 countries already had individual policies and initiatives relevant to sustainable production and development, coal still accounts for 28% of the world’s energy consumption. 

College pupil delegates at Felsted Model UN College pupils at Model UN Conference at Felsted 2019

BSC students represented USA (a permanent Security Council member, Security Council Committee), Saudi Arabia and Guatemala in Economic and Social, Environment, Health, and Human Rights Committees. 

Topics that were debated ranged from War in Yemen, Child labour, labour conditions & modern slavery, Discouraging protectionism & promoting free trade, Addressing Mental Health in Protracted Humanitarian Crises and Addressing Marine Plastic Litter and Microplastics.  This is just a snapshot of the debates that students from all around the UK and overseas debated at the conference.

Amendments and points of order were raised by all students- Toby B, George H, Daria S, Will C (L5th), Mario P, Shreeya K, Kate N, James W, Christine C, Nadja, V, Raphael N, Josh B (L5th) and Ben P. We had a varying degree of successful votes, however, the majority were accepted given our very persuasive skills.  The students had a fabulous time and cannot wait for the next MUN conference.

Looking ahead I asked a few students why you should do Model UN and these are the three main reason why:

  1. It’s a fun way of learning about the world. In this era of globalization, being globally aware is more important than ever. Also, having fun makes it easier to learn something and more likely to stick.
  2. It develops leadership skills. MUN is an exercise in research, public speaking, and teamwork. These are skills that you will need throughout your career, and MUN gives you a chance to practice them while you’re a student.
  3. You can leverage your MUN experience and network to get into college and find jobs. Admissions officers and job interviewers look for examples of leadership, and your experiences as a delegate or conference organizer will be good examples. You will also develop a network of alumni from your MUN club and people you’ve met at conferences.

Shaun Murtagh-Howard