Students make their mark in the Model United Nations

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Sixth form students from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) made a third appearance for the school at the Model United Nations of Hamburg (MUNOH) in October, delegating on behalf of France, Greece and Somalia.

The annual MUNOH brings together students from all over Europe for a conference simulating the work of the United Nations. The event sees students negotiate with fellow delegates in an effort to reach resolutions most fitting for the country which they represent.

From the crisis in Syria to identity theft, discussion thrived on a multitude of topics, many on which GSAL students left their mark.

Oliver Klein U6 was awarded the prize for Most Outstanding Delegate on the Human Rights Commission, while Ciaran Duggan L6 and Harry Gearty L6 won the Most Distinguished Delegate in the Special Commission on Europe and the Sustainable Development Commission respectively.

Each commission and council held their own mini award ceremony for more informal honours. In their closing speeches the chairs of each group commended two students as ‘best new delegates’ – Harin Wijayathunga L6 on the Security Council and Antony Attia U6 on the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security). I was delighted to have given the ‘most passionate speech’ in the Economic and Social Council!

Outside the conference, the students, along with teachers Miss Haigh and Mr Stodolny, enjoyed exploring the city of Hamburg and attending an exclusive MUN party.

By Sobaan Ali, Upper Sixth

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