Lingfield Model United Nations (MUN) Conference 2020
The aim of a Model United Nations (MUN) Club is to model negotiations and discuss global issues using formal procedure and language. As a school, our goal was to organise and run our very own conference. Saturday 7th December was the first of its kind at Lingfield College!
Our first Conference was opened by Neil Barry (OBE) who has worked as a humanitarian worker, mostly in armed conflicts, in over 50 countries and territories as well as with governments in disaster risk reduction and disaster.
Lingfield welcomed attendees from King’s Canterbury, Alleyn’s School and Walthamstow School for Girls who, along with Lingfield Students, emulated delegates from a range of countries such as China, Russia, USA and Equatorial Guinea. The students became members of five different committees: SOCHUM, UNDP, Security Council, the Historical Council and SPECPOL. They discussed a range of issues including rising sea levels, The Berlin Standoff in 1961 and the crisis in Iraq.
In the afternoon, a crisis General Assembly (GA) was introduced. This involved an imaginary situation in which a U.S. Destroyer was bombed whilst on general patrol in the Yellow Sea. The delegates gathered together forming 11 countries and together they tried to resolve the crisis. At the end of the day a newsletter, created by the MUN media team run by Ms Ridley, was handed to the delegates as they departed.
The Lingfield students were impressive as delegates and as Chairs. Each of the Chairs wrote the research reports for each committee. The chairs were mainly Year 12 students but we also had a Year 8 and a Year 10 student who also participated in this capacity. Nina, David and Will, as Presidents of the GA, chaired the GA in the afternoon. This Conference was hugely successful and we look forward to making this an annual event.