by Nicholas Loughton, Grade 9
This past weekend, members of the SMUS adventures in public discourse club participated in the UVic Model United Nations. All of our participants competed very well in order to attempt to win the “Most Diplomatic”, or “Best High School Team” awards. In the end, Kai Newman and Sean MacArthur won the “Most Diplomatic” award while representing South Korea on the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). Also, Sophie Butterfield and myself received an honourable mention for their efforts representing Egypt at the United Nations General Assembly (GA3).
When participants first chose to attend this Model UN, they had the opportunity to choose from four different councils; the General Assembly Third Committee, the UN Security Council, the UN Development Program, and the UN Environmental Program. These all deal with their own different areas and each have different countries on their respective councils. Some of the topics discussed were the situation in Syria (Security Council), climate change and its impact on food security (GA3), renewable energy and future energy demands (UNEP) and redefining the seventh millennium goal (UNDP).
The conference lasted the entire weekend; Friday night until the end of the day Sunday. It was very tiring, but in the end it was definitely worth it. I had so much fun that I will hopefully be doing another one on November 18-20 in Vancouver.
The SMUS Adventures in Public Discourse Group meets on Thursdays at lunch in Crothall 110 (Mr. Lynch’s room) to all who are interested.