RHS hosts model United Nations conference

Delegates at the model United Nations conference were drawn from schools across England and each allocated a country to represent

A model United Nations conference saw more than 80 delegates gather for a weekend at the Royal Hospital School (RHS) Holbrook, Ipswich.

Among them were pupils from schools in London, Manchester and Essex, with each given places on committees considering issues including human rights, outer space, and global security.

Prior to the event, the students had been allocated a country to represent and research, in order to arrive with a policy statement and positions to take on the resolutions at hand.

As well as the programmed debates, a number of crises were announced throughout the weekend, requiring the various committees to talk through and agree a variety of strategies and abstract proposals on how best to keep the peace.

Delegates debated issues including human rights, outer space, and global security

The gathering concluded with a ceremony on the Sunday afternoon, during which awards were presented to the best delegates from each committee.

“It is fabulous to see pupils grow in confidence over the weekend as they debate current issues from a global perspective,” said the event’s organiser, Janine Routledge, head of year 10 at RHS.

“This inspiring event is run by our pupil secretariat, who work really hard to ensure everything runs smoothly.

“Oracy, including MUN [model United Nations] and debating, is a regular feature and popular activity at RHS, which provides valuable enrichment to our academic activity programme.”

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