The 35th RRSiMUN conference closed on Tuesday 25th October 2016 after delegates had enjoyed four very successful days of Opening Speeches, Policy Statements, Debates in committee and a day of GA debates.
Royal Russell’s 35th International Model United Nations conference was yet again a huge success. Over 100 Royal Russell pupils took part, giving up the first four days of their October half term. The hard work started at 2pm on Friday when the school had to be transformed into a conference centre. This not only involved turning classrooms into committee rooms but making beds in the boarding houses ready for our visiting guests and photocopying information packs for staff and pupils. Over 70 countries were represented by schools from all over the globe; from Japan, America, Greece, France to Spain, Turkey and Egypt. Debates took place over two days in committee rooms and covered a huge range of topics such as the rights of transgender people, the use of fur by the fashion industry and terrorism in Iraq and Syria to name a few. There were 18 committees, including the Security Council, Special Conference on Internal Terrorism in Levant and an International Court of Justice whose case was aerial herbicide spraying in Ecuador and Columbia. On Monday and Tuesday debate moved to the General Assembly and Georgia, Scott, Aisha and Maybellene had the mammoth task of controlling the flow of debate, ensuring all delegates had an opportunity to speak. If all of this wasn’t enough we were yet again wowed by the press and media teams’ contributions. Game shows, a live MUN’s Got Talent, four newspapers, live GA screening and several films were all created over the four days, written, created and produced by Royal Russell pupils. And to top it all off we hosted a disco every night! Royal Russell’s IMUN Conference has always been a conference of students, for students by students and this year’s was no exception.
At the closing ceremonies the following awards were announced:
Distinguished Delegation Award
Greece: American school in Bilbao
Indonesia: Santa Margarita
China: Reigate Grammar
Highly Commended Delegation Awards
UK: Santa Margarita
Russian Federation: St. Andrews Dublin
France: Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School
Croatia: St Gerard’s school
Uruguay: Terenure College
The conference was closed by the presidents of GA and the Secretary General