MUN or Model United Nations conferences are educational simulations and academic activities in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.
Participants in the MUN conferences, known as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the country they represent.
For the fifth year in a row, our students went to Singapore for the 15th Annual SIMUN conference hosted by the French School in Singapore (SIMUN: Singapore International Model United Nations)
We were a group of 15 delegates and 2 directors, representing the USA, SINGAPORE and NIGERIA. Our students were as young as 4eme, and going all the way up to Terminale.
With topics as various as:
- The situation in the Palestinian occupied territories and the Gaza Strip (SC)
- The Kurdish question (SC)
- The situation in Libya (SC)
- Defining the role of neighbouring countries in refugee crises (SPEC POL)
- The question of Cyberterrorism (SPEC POL)
- Measures to promote the peaceful use of outer space (SPEC POL)
- The issue of arbitrary detention and extrajudicial killings (HRC)
- The question of Climate Refugees (HRC)
- Eradicating child labour and modern slavery (HRC)
- Implementing measures to reduce global use of plastic (ENVIRONMENT)
- The issue of natural disaster risk reduction and prevention in LEDCs (ENVIRONMENT)
- The protection of animal species endangered by climate change and human interference (ENVIRONMENT)
- Achieving safe and effective access to medicines and vaccines (ECOSOC)
- The role of technology and innovation in curbing the effects of food insecurity and global food shortages (ECOSOC)
- The question of Refugees’ right to work (ECOSOC)
–> our delegates had to work hard on their issues in order to ensure quality debates.
They also prepared draft resolutions on their favorite topics, and arrived at the conference well-prepared.
This year for the first time, one of our students, Anh Dong (2nd) was selected for the PRESS CORPS, and did a great job as a photojournalist. Well-done Anh Dong!
For the second year in a row, we had the great opportunity to send two delegates to the SECURITY COUNCIL Committee, the most challenging of all! Great work Maria (2nd) and Andrea (2nd), in representing the USA!
Our youngest delegates, Charlotte, Olivia and Enzo (4e), didn’t hesitate to get on stage, take the floor and defend their positions, in the SPECPOL Committee.
Our strong ECOSOC delegates, Sohyeon (3e), Ugium (1ere) and Jan (1ere) made many speeches and POI’s, and Tam Nhu (3e) and Hieu (1ere) in the HUMAN RIGHTS Committee did a great job as well.
Our amazing Eun Bee (3e) made a great impression in the ENVIRONMENT committee, and was chosen as main submitter on her resolution on Natural Disaster Risk Reduction in LEDC’s. Go Eun Bee!
Coralie (3e) and Kenny (1ere) in the ENVIRONMENT committee were very active in the debates for 3 days.
Finally, our senior delegate, Tu Linh (TES) did amazingly well as Deputy Chair in the HUMAN RIGHTS Committee this year for the first time, and was able to moderate the debates in a firm but positive manner. She enjoyed using the gavel a lot! Well-done Tu Linh!
After many POI’s, challenging follow-ups and many lively and enriching exchanges, many of our resolutions were adopted!
We can’t wait to continue this project next year!
Well-done LFIDURAS Delegation!