Sunday 31st January marked the College’s inaugural Model United Nations event. Almost fifty Delegates, six Chairs, and Common Room gathered for a day of diplomacy, debate, and political intrigue. As Co-Chair of the conference’s United Nations Climate Change Committee (UNCCC), I was relieved to see that I was not the only one who was nervous that morning. For many of us, this was our first MUN conference, and it was thrilling to observe how quickly the delegates and admins settled down into their diplomatic roles and routines. These included debating on the topic of climate change, giving speeches on how to tackle such issues, and finally, drafting a resolution. Apart from the UNCCC, other committees, such as the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) were also involved in the conference. Delegates in these committees discussed topics such as the sustainable economic development goals and methods to alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis.
All of us were inspired by the visit of Dr Makio Miyagawa, the Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia. He gave an extremely eye-opening talk about his job as an emissary, and his work in promoting international cooperation within the ASEAN and East Asian regions. The speech certainly emboldened us in our efforts to solve the issues put forward in this conference, as we entered into the second of three sessions eagerly.
So lively and exciting was the conference that, before we knew it, our third and final session had come to a close. Resolutions were put forward and voted on, and every committee had decided upon a solution to their respective issues. I must say that, despite the lack of experience from many Delegates and Chairs (such as myself), we very much made up for it through our energy and determination to make this first Model UN conference a success. Judging from this conference, the prospect of MUN here at the College looks bright, and I know that Marlburians will continue to master the art of debate and diplomacy.
Upper Sixth – Wills House – Model United Nations Co–Chair
Photos – Gary Tan
Upper Sixth – Wills House