Model United Nations Conference in Geneva

Eleven students from Classes 11 and 12 attended for the first time a fully bilingual MUN conference, organised by the Lycée International de Ferney-Voltaire, and the UN offices in Geneva, from January 10-12.

650 student delegates from 45 schools and 23 countries came together to witness the transition of ideas to actual solutions in this iconic setting. Mixing with people from many diverse backgrounds and discovering a shared interest in global issues was a hugely rewarding experience for our students. Participation in MUN develops confidence in leadership skills and a better understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. This year’s theme was the issue of « Intellectual Property ». Eight Committees, one Security Council and an International Court of Justice made up the conference. Resolutions were created in these committees on such issues as ‘challenges concerning the collection and management of information necessary to the functioning of Smart Cities.

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A unique feature of this conference was simultaneous translation in English, French and Spanish. The translation team included ISM’s Hava and Alya from Class 12.  Our delegation also had the privilege of a private meeting with Her Excellency Madame Carole Lanteri, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the United Nations in Geneva, where they received some words of advice for future diplomacy. ISM delegates made a valuable contribution to the creation of solid resolutions within their committees, and were excellent ambassadors for our school. Well done to our MUN delegates: Alya, Arianna, Christina, Edmond, Hayley, Hava, Ian, Julia, Katerina, Viviana, and Zoe. Special thanks to Mr Oxley for his hard work in preparing the team and to Ms Helen Pugh who also accompanied the students throughout their stay.

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Video highlights can be seen here: