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Preventing honour killings will be up for debate

March 10th, 2021
Students at Monmouth took part in last year’s Model United Nations event

Preventing honour killings, the merits of renewable energy, equal access to resources, improving global healthcare and the war in the Congo are topics being discussed later this week by Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools students.

More than 70 students from Monmouth will be taking part in a virtual three-day London International Model United Nations: High Schools’ Conference.

Model United Nations (MUN) is an educational simulation and academic activity in which students learn about diplomacy and relations, and attempt to solve real world issues with policies and perspectives.

English and Drama teacher at Monmouth School for Girls, Ms Kate Bourne, established the thriving MUN club at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools and the photographs show students at an MUN event early last year.

Ms Bourne said: “As always, it promises to be a very rewarding event and I look forward to reporting on how the students do.

“Previously, we have come away with an award for the best high school delegation as well as special commendations for individual students.”

The event starts on Friday with a Rules of Procedure meeting and will be followed by a MUN masterclass.

The masterclass will be taught by the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of LIMUN:HS, Secretariat of the University conference, members of the UK Home Office, representatives in United Nations Youth groups, training officers from The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), and various other prominent sectors of civil society.

It will cover tactics of MUN and broader diplomacy including, how to win at negotiations, lobby blocs, writing the most tactical resolutions, conducting research in the most strategic ways, and sharing some insight into how to get involved in such civil society organisations.

After the opening ceremony on Saturday morning, the students will join their various committees (Security Council, WHO, UNEP, ECOSOC, SOCHUM, Negotiations, UNWomen) representing a myriad of countries.

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