News Students tackle the world’s biggest issues as Model United Nations returns 02.12.2021

Model United Nations has returned with Middle School and Sixth Form students tackling some of the world’s biggest issues both in online conferences and our first face-to-face event over two years.

Middle School students took part in our first ever online MUN conference hosted by King’s College London. Representing Burundi and El Salvador, they discussed topics such as medical misinformation in the digital age and eco-friendly innovation and development in South America. Whilst there were some challenges to meeting online it allowed the conference to be very international and served as great preparation for the upcoming in-person conferences. Well done to Sophie Guzminova for whom this was her first conference and Dia Khosla who was awarded Most Improved Delegate.

Last Saturday fifteen Dolphins met outside London Oratory School in Fulham feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement for what was to be the first in-person conference for 21 months, meaning that for many students this was their first conference. Representing Niger, Cuba and Israel, we had been preparing for some weeks for the discussions that were to take place on topics as diverse as Internet Censorship, the Taiwan crisis and the Death Penalty. We first heard an opening speech from The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, currently Minister for Security and Borders about the challenges and priorities of international co-operation. He shared his experiences of participating in international conferences such as the G8 and G20 and gave helpful advice to those students hoping to pursue a career in politics. Committee discussion was well-informed and lively with all Godolphin students managing to speak up. Our success was reflected in an impressive number of prizes; well done in particular to Ines who was awarded Best Delegate, Izzy and Saona who were awarded Highly Commended Delegate and to Siena, awarded Commended Delegate.

Thank you to the team at the London Oratory School for hosting such a friendly and stimulating conference.