25th February 2019
Writing: Bilal Mobarik (Year 12)
Editing: Amal Shakir (Year 10)
Following on from our own successful MUN conference in January, fourteen Challoner’s delegates travelled to Merchant Taylors School to take part in its inaugural conference - MTSMUN.
Model United Nations (MUN) is essentially a form of debating, where delegates take on the role of various countries in specialised committees which resemble that of the United Nations. Students debate contemporary issues and write resolutions to draft solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our times: the Israel-Palestine conflict, climate change, the refugee crises - and other issues being discussed in the real UN right now.
At MTSMUN, the committees discussed a wide range of issues, including the question of external debt sustainability, the future of antibiotics and the Iran-Iraq war in the Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) committees. The latter was particularly interesting as it was set in 1985, so delegates had to debate in an unfamiliar context. There was also a ‘crisis’ topic - a previously unseen situation which the committees have to respond to. In this case, it was the fictitious development that Iran had blockaded the Straits of Hormuz and invaded Israel, having deployed chemical weapons against military targets there. With Israel threatening nuclear warfare it was certainly a difficult crisis to defuse.
As the MTSMUN’s brilliant conference drew to a close, it was great to see two Challoner’s delegates (Chris Berry and Kit Haworth) win the Best Speaker award for their speeches in the Security Council and Economic and Financial Council respectively. The Challoner’s MUN Society now looks forward to the HABSMUN conference in March.