Concord competes in ShrewsMUN

‘CONCORD MODEL UNITED NATIONS SOCIETY EMBARKED ON A LOCAL MUN COMPETITION AT SHREWSBURY SCHOOL’

Recently, the Concord Model United Nations (MUN) Society embarked on a local Model United Nations competition at Shrewsbury School.

Model United Nations, or MUN, is a form of simulated debate wherein participants (or in MUN jargon, ‘delegates’) represent countries in committees to discuss relevant political issues, such as human rights issues or international security concerns.

This is achieved through delegates of countries presenting their stances and proposed action on such issues. Meanwhile, other countries either argue for or against their stance and proposed action, ending with a democratic voting procedure to see if the suggested action will be carried out.

Reflecting on the competition, Kieran from 6.1 – a very experienced MUN contributor who participated in the MUN competition in London last term – said: “MUN competitions can take place far from Concord – a particular problem when the competitions are often over multiple days, hence, it was a relief that it was so close to campus this time.”

Our delegates prepared by formulating clauses to submit for debate at the competition. In MUN, clauses are the means through which you present your stance and suggested actions, typically as part of a resolution. The team also took time researching in-depth topics surrounding our respective countries, which were Venezuela and Germany.

Said Kieran: “These were particularly trying tasks given the importance of these countries on an international level – Germany as a European ‘regional powerhouse’ and Venezuela as a country in turmoil, with disputed leadership and an economy experiencing hyperinflation. These countries made for highly relevant topic choices at the ShrewsMUN debate, including the economic situation in Venezuela.

“While we did not win any awards, the competition won the hearts and interests of the delegates, immersing us in varying styles of debate and moulding our delegates into becoming confident public speakers and adept debaters.”

Overall, the competition was definitely a learning experience for our delegates. The competition prompted an interest in international affairs, in no small part due to the hospitality of our hosts at Shrewsbury School, as well as the forthcoming debate that took place. Thank you ShrewsMUN.

Sam – 6.1