Model United Nations Conference
Last weekend a group of Gordonstoun students from Years 12 and 13 travelled to Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen with Mr Dunlop to take part in a Model United Nations Conference. MUN simulates the work of the United Nations in considering global problems and finding solutions to them, typically delegates represent a country (in Gordonstoun's case Poland) and sit on a committee to debate topics, which have been researched beforehand, and attempt to find resolution to problems.
The Committees at the conference included World Health (looking at ‘Mental health - a world pandemic’), Economic and Social (looking at ‘The role of governmental economic intervention - should countries economies be regulates or left to themselves?) and Human Rights which considered ‘Modern day slavery’ and looked at conditions in LEDCs and also human trafficking.
The Gordonstoun team had a fascinating weekend debating within their committees and listening to expert guest speakers discussing a range of world affairs. This kind of event appeals to students who are interested in politics, economics, current affairs and international relations and are considering further study or careers in these areas. The students prepared thoroughly,for their respective areas and all participated fully in a well run and enjoyable conference.
Everyone agreed that they had benefited from the weekend and look forward to attending further events. One of the group (Jordi B) won his committee’s prize of ‘Best Delegate’ which was well merited and a reward for his diplomatic and speech making skills.