Six senior students from the Model United Nations Club attended MUNA (the Model UN Assembly) 2021 last Friday and Saturday at Auckland Girls Grammar. This conference saw approximately 200 students from over 40 Auckland schools organised into teams as representatives of United Nations member countries where they then engaged in debates on five different topics, ranging from the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, to fund to end the use of landmines.
Our Year 12 team representing Slovakia spoke wonderfully on 2 remits: 1. Enforcing the protection of women’s rights in member nations, and 2. Enforcing regulations on countries who do not act to reduce their carbon emissions.
Our Year 13 team representing Jordan spoke on women’s rights and about increasing aid to the UN’s food distribution programme.
Congratulations to Christina, Ella, Brendan, Joy, Shiv and Harry who made up our Model UN teams for 2021. Both teams spoke incredibly well and represented the school excellently. It was a fantastic event that was equal parts immense fun and a great learning opportunity. Kudos to these students who worked so hard over two long days of debate and competition, especially coming straight from an intense week of examinations.
It is good to see our students engaging with international issues and honing their public speaking skills and we look forward to taking more teams to MUNA next year!