Posted on: November 6th 2017

Oxford Model United Nations Conference

On Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November, a team of Sixth Form delegates attended and took part in the third annual Model United Nations Conference hosted at Oxford University:

  • Fergus Dyer
  • Ben Bazeley
  • Amy Broome
  • Charlie Knight
  • Patrick Hunn
  • Imogen Fraser

The conference was designed to give a unique experience and a key insight into how an international organisation, with a membership of over 190 countries, can come together to discuss some of the most important global issues the world faces today. Each student attending the conference acted as a delegate from one of the countries in the United Nations and was given the opportunity to represent their designated nation in one of the seven United Nations committees. These ranged from the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) to United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC).

Model United Nations conferences aimed at young people are already running successfully in a number of countries, notably the USA, India and China where delegate numbers are over 1400 and rising. The Marlborough School Sixth Form is very proud to be involved in the emerging Oxford MUN and to be amongst some of the very first state schools to be involved in such a prestigious event.

The Oxford MUN was a truly international event with schools coming from around the globe to attend, including :

  • Ahmedabad International School from India
  • American School of Madrid from Spain
  • Berlin Metropolitan School from Germany
  • Institut dem Rosenburg from Switzerland
  • Shanghai Foreign Language School form China
  • United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education from UAE

The conference offered students the opportunity to meet, discuss, debate and network with other students from an amazingly diverse range of backgrounds. It was truly exciting to see a group of young people discussing complex and important issues who might well go on to be our future national or international leaders.

We also had the pleasure of attending a lecture from Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. Professor Woods spoke of the importance of the United Nations and her experience of working with international organisations and politicians. She stressed the importance of dialogue and explained that no matter the challenge or difficulty of a situation or the friction that exists between countries and fractions, if people are talking then a resolution can be found.

Finally I would like to congratulate Fergus, Ben, Amy, Charlie, Patrick and Imogen on their professional conduct, empathy and intelligence they demonstrated throughout the weekend when discussing some complex and challenging issues. I never cease to be impressed by the calibre of our students and how enjoyable it is to spend time with them in and outside the classroom.

Tony Buckmaster

Head of Sixth Form

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