ConMUN (Concord Model United Nations) is one of the most challenging House events I’ve done since joining Concord, but is equally as rewarding. My thanks go to the ConMUN Secretariat as well as teachers, who made an unlikely dream of holding an Inter-House MUN into a reality and were very proactive in providing materials for everyone to get to grips with the requirements and rules of procedure.
The conference itself was of an extremely high level and was very competitive. Having been appointed for the Crisis Committee, I found this particularly challenging as there is limited research possible, and it is more to test your problem-solving skills and spontaneity.
Nevertheless, our committee managed to draft an effective resolution to tackle the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Congrats to all the delegates who participated, the standard was outstanding, and looking forward to more of the same next year!
Vidhi – F5
MUN is a competition centred around students representing countries in a model United Nations. On 16th and 17th March, a group of Concord students travelled to Shrewsbury School to attend ShrewsMUN: the third annual MUN event they’ve held. This was my first official debate-style competition, and it was very exciting. We had to prepare for it in SpeakSoc sessions the weeks prior, as well as carrying out independent research for the topics.
When I first arrived at the event, I didn’t really know what to expect. It was quite intimidating, especially considering everyone was in formal-wear. It seemed very serious. When the actual procedure started, we were separated into our committees (I was part of the political committee for Venezuela). The pattern for most committees followed as such: First, we ‘lobbied’ within our committees to accumulate enough signatures for our clause to be up for debate. Then, the Chair would pick a clause and there would be speakers, as well as people who challenged the points being made. If amendments were suggested, there would be a debate about those too. Whether or not the amendments and clauses went ‘through’ was decided by voting. General Assembly is similar, but on a larger scale with multiple people representing each country and working together.
The goal of MUN is to represent your assigned country’s interests accurately, but also to do so eloquently and persuasively. Bonus marks were awarded for passing clauses. I was extremely nervous when it first started, but I grew more comfortable as I got to know people from other schools, and it became a really fun experience. The event welcomed students all the way from Year 7 to Upper Sixth, so it was great seeing so many people of different ages coming together with one simple thing in common: an interest in debate and politics. Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I definitely hope to compete next year as well.
Justin – F3