King's Worcester

8 March

King’s Compete at Bath International Schools’ MUN

Last weekend saw the annual trip to Kingswood School, Bath, to compete in the Bath International Schools’ Model United Nations 2022. 

While the Model United Nations conferences are primarily opportunities to debate, negotiate and network, for the students it is very gratifying to receive recognition for their efforts. Students and delegations are awarded prizes ranked from Commended, Highly Commended and then Best Delegate in the committee. There is also a separate ranking for the conference overall for which King’s School Worcester Model United Nations were Highly Commended.

The committees met concurrently and debated over 2 days, gathering together on the Sunday afternoon to vote on a resolution around a made-up global crisis.

In order to be mindful of the importance of talking about the current global situation with sensitivity, and because there were students attending the conference from Ukraine and Russia, it was decided in advance to only debate resolutions around the unfolding crisis in the Security Council on Saturday and to only vote on a resolution at the General Assembly on Sunday afternoon.

The day started with a Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen, the situation in Ukraine and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Our Ukrainian Ambassador, Jamie W, spent much of Saturday with the Security Council by invitation but with no voting rights.  He was also invited, with the rest of the delegation, to speak at the General Assembly to support the resolution.

Here is the KSW Ukraine delegation made up of  Samantha C, Riya M, Jamie W and James C.

Bath International Schools’ Model United Nations 1

Bath International Schools’ Model United Nations 2

George C spoke on his feet in the General Assembly as The Chinese Ambassador and achieved a Highly Commended. Jamie W also spoke to the General Assembly as The Ukraine Ambassador.

It was very moving to hear from a student from Ukraine, who had asked to address the conference and who spoke very eloquently about the impact of the current crisis on his country.

The conference then held a moment’s silence and reflection before the Closing Ceremony at which prizes were given.

The Political Committee met for discussion of the situation in Afghanistan, the instability in the Sahel and the regulation of Space. Benedict B was Highly Commended in the Political Committee.

Here is the KSW Chinese delegation made up of George C , Benedict B , Liam R and Izzy P.

Well done to Izzy P for making an amendment in Health Committee, and for achieving a Commended. In the Health Committee they discussed mental health, vaccine nationalism and combating cancer. Izzy P adds, “I really enjoyed Going to BISMUN this year. Going to MUN conferences has significantly improved my public speaking and confidence to talk to new people.”

Bath International Schools’ Model United Nations 3

Congratulations to James C for winning a Highly Commended in the Environment Committee, where global food waste, land degradation and water scarcity were discussed.

Overall it was a fabulous BISMUN conference at Kingswood School, with the Chinese Delegation being Highly Commended overall and with Liam R achieving Best Delegate in the Economic Committee.

Congratulations to all involved!