Our first Model United Nations (MUN) competition was on 18 November at Croydon High School for Girls, where three Dulwich delegations took part in representing countries from around the world (Mexico, Canada and North Korea) in various committees ranging from Human Rights to Development. It was everyone's first competition in the format, which was an interesting learning experience walking into a room and having a crowd of people throwing resolutions at you to sign. Some of our resolutions were passed and all of the delegates enjoyed the fact that they could demand that Year 7s run across the school in order to send notes to other members of their delegations.
Then the next week, at the London Oratory School, we understood the format and managed to represent our respective, and directly opposing, countries of North Korea and the USA to the best of our abilities, with Solomon Pilbrow being highly commended and Mithun Sunderesan winning best delegate in their respective committees. In the General Assembly, where we debated how to best respond to a hypothetical crisis of Palestinian officials being kidnapped, both delegations contributed a lot, with notably Solomon Pilbrow offering many Points of Information questioning the speakers and Toby Mayhew giving speeches supporting and disagreeing with various amendments, and suffering a lot of grilling from the North Korean delegation. This overall resulted in the USA delegation being highly commended in the General Assembly, which set a good tone for future MUN competitions this year.
Report by Toby Mayhew (Year 12)