MUN

Model United Nations Club

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN exposes students to the opportunity to develop and refine a multitude of skills ranging from research, pub-lic speaking, debating, writing, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership.

Participants in Model UN conferences, known as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before their conference and formulate posi-tions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent.

Mexico International MUN Conference

This year 12 High School students will attend the Mexico International Model United Nations Conference (MIMUN) in Mexico City. The students are representing delegates from several different countries in committees such as the Security Council (SC), the European Community (EU), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Disarmament and International Security Commit-tee (DISEC).

The 7-day trip was highlighted by ISPS students taking part in a four day simulation of different United Nations councils that covered topics such as The Syrian Refugee Crisis, The Education gap for women and establishment of nuclear-weapon free zones in the Middle East. MUN allows students to take on a certain position of a country and make decisions and proposals to solve issues based on how their country would handle these pressing issues in real life. The debates help teach diplomacy as well as eloquence and sharpens students in terms of their problem solving ability and competency when having to think on their feet. Students this year have been very pleased with the quality of the conference and the exposure to current global events.

Another highlight of the trip was the cultural experiences enjoyed in between the long days spent in conference. Multiple tours were planned during our trip exploring Mexico City and learning about its rich history as well as viewing the glorious architecture and tasting the delicious street food. The activity that left the biggest impact was our visit to the Aztec pyramids of the Sun and The Moon in Teotihuacan, which was once the biggest Pre Columbian city in the Americas. Overall the trip was a resounding success with students attaining a great deal of knowledge of current events as well as improvement in their ability to think quickly as well as developing confidence when addressing large crowds. We must also acknowledge the individual success of

Ana De Gannes who gained an award for the best Position Paper in her group.I would like to thank our advisors Mr. Broughton and Mrs. Sharpe for making sure the trip was not only educationally and culturally enriching but extremely enjoyable and one we will never forget.