In one of the highlights of the Spring calendar for the Sixth Form, 31 students travelled to City of London School, by the Millennium Bridge on the side of the Thames, to participate in the school’s annual Model United Nations conference as delegates for the countries of USA, DPRK, Italy, Yemen, Cote d’Ivoire, Peru, Indonesia and Rwanda. The conference had six committees, discussing world issues relating to disarmament and international security, politics, human rights, environment, economic and social policy, and the Security Council’s focus was on the question of the civil war in Yemen. Each committee had as its main objective the passing of a resolution to tackle the issues in question, which would be agreed by the majority of countries.
In the opening ceremony, all delegates (approximately 120 students) received a warm welcome and a brief lecture on the history and importance of the United Nations by Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at LSE, Dr Spyros Economides.
The Kingsbury students won prizes and honourable mentions in the closing ceremony, with Akira Allman (Year 13) winning a best delegate award in the Human Rights Committee. During the day, Kingsbury students made a significant impact at the conference:
*Students with clauses passed by their committees included Haider Nazerali (Year 13, Security Council), Parth Kataria (Year 13, EcoSoc), Abeena Devanand (Year 12, Environment), Sahas Warna (Year 12, Disarmament and International Security), Avnish Patel (Year 12, Human Rights, voted “best clause submitted in committee”), and Zara Ahmed (Year 12, Disarmament and International Security).
*Students who were frequently on their feet, asking questions and speaking for and against clauses, included Akira Allman, Zainab Jalali (Year 12) and Siham Sahal (Year 12) in the Human Rights Committee; Ben Sparke (Year 12) in the Disarmament and International Security Committee; Nauman Zahid (Year 13), Greta Nuzi (Year 12) and Don Jayasekera (Year 12) in the Politics Committee; and Abeena Devanand and Hassan Naima (Year 12) in the Environment Committee.
*Most impressive speeches included a first, in my experience of MUN: Aaron Stevens (Year 13) and Nauman Zahid (Year13), in the Politics Committee, both returned to their seats to spontaneous applause, having respectively made funny and intelligent remarks about space law.
Overall, this was a fantastic event in which Kingsbury students made a significant contribution and shone in very good company, competing against teams from schools including Tiffin Girls’ School, Lady Eleanor Holles, Latymer Upper School, City of London Freemen’s School, James Allen’s Girls School, King’s College School (Wimbledon), St Benedict’s School, Woldingham School and Queen’s College, London.
Photos by Parth Kataria