On the weekend of Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March twelve students (U4 to U6), accompanied by two staff, had a very successful weekend at the 2020 Bath International Schools MUN (Model United Nations) conference hosted by Kingswood School Bath. For some, including U4 student James Capell who was one of the youngest students at the entire event, this was their first-ever conference, however, for many Upper Sixth students, it was their last.
King’s had three delegations within the competition, Russia, the Vatican City and Kenya, and enjoyed competing with around 25 other schools. The students participated in two days of debates in committees discussing global issues such as the use of torture, cyberwarfare, LGBTQ rights, instability in the Sahel region, climate change and many more important topics dominating the world stage. The two days culminated in a General Assembly and a Human Rights Council which debated a global crisis.
All teams did exceptionally well, with a prize list as follows:
- Charlie Mackintosh (Ambassador for the Russian Federation) won Best Delegate in the Security Council
- William Hunt (Ambassador for Vatican City) won Best Delegate in the Political Committee
- Annie Darwent (Russia) won Highly Commended in the Health Committee
- Theo Osborn (Russia) won Highly Commended in the Human Rights Committee 1
- William Lloyd (Russia) won Highly Commended in the Middle East Committee
- Calum Muncaster (Russia) won Highly Commended in the Human Rights Committee 2
- Benji Halford (Russia) won Commended in the Disarmament Committee
- Salvador Kent (Vatican City) won Best Junior Delegate in the Human Rights Committee 1
- The entire Russian Delegation won Highly Commended in Conference.
Model United Nations is a fantastic opportunity for all students. It is largely student-led and provides students with the opportunity to learn about countries around the world and acquire the ability to state an idea clearly, and build consensus, to achieve solutions to the global problems that will affect us all. With the threat of the Corona Virus and a potential global slow down, never has there been a better time to get involved with MUN at King’s. The club takes place every Thursday from 4-5pm in the Science Lecture Theatre and all year groups are welcome.
Words by William Hunt (L6CH)