The ninth GWC Model United Nations Conference brought over 600 delegates to engage in interesting and serious debates over a wide range of topics. The delegates came from all over the United Kingdom and from Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Iran.
The weekend kicked off with an introduction from the Secretary-Generals, Josh Fried and Rachel Fox (both S6) and from Mrs Elodie Robert-Christensen, our Director of MUN. The committees then began lobbying their resolutions and amendments.
At 9am on Saturday morning, it was time for the Opening Ceremony and a thought-provoking speech from the Keynote Speaker, Mrs Zoja Bazarnic, Principal Officer at the Consulate General in Edinburgh. The committees then discussed a variety of topics from the production of genetically modified food to the spread of information on social media. The Security Council met Liz Smith MSP at the Scottish Parliament, visited the Chamber and had their first debate in one of the Committee rooms!
On Saturday evening the ceilidh and a disco proved a highlight of the weekend, making a change from the debates of the day. This gave delegates and chairs the chance to socialise with each other.
On Sunday the final resolution was debated within the committees before everyone headed to the General Assembly. Here all of the delegates debated on ‘How successful was the UN in meeting their Millennium Development Goals for 2015’ and also dealt with the emergency debate.
Over the weekend the GWC MUN Press team worked hard to produce two newspapers – The Scotsmun and The Mun – on both Saturday and Sunday. These papers included stories on the highlights and the ‘scandals’ of the weekend.
Overall, the ninth GWC MUN Conference was extremely successful, with the good standard of debates – a great weekend, and a great MUN conference.