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GSAL sweeps the board at Model United Nations conference

Thursday 19 September 2019

GSAL delegates to the Model United Nations of Hamburg conference scooped more awards than any other school, at their first ever visit to the event.

The 12 sixth form students came up against the debating skills of 200 delegates from 13 schools, hailing from across six European nations. Participants assumed the role of national representatives for countries around the world in debates designed to simulate the work of the UN.

Topics debated covered the wide-ranging briefs of the UN’s committees, councils and special commissions, and were specially chosen by the conference’s student organisers as issues that resonate with the younger generation of all nationalities and backgrounds.

The top award of Most Outstanding Delegation went to GSAL’s students representing France – Hannah Punnoose, Elle Fang, Rui Nogueira, Alice MacKenzie and Ted Borland, all Y13, with Oliver Daniels, Mei Whattam, James Hardy and Sunanda Ganti, all Y12.

Other awards received by GSAL students included Honourable Mention for Alice MacKenzie representing France on the Special Commission on the Status of Women, and Aneesh Varma Y13 representing the Dominican Republic on the Security Council.

There were Most Distinguished Delegate awards for GSAL students representing France – James Hardy (Human Rights Council), Mei Whattam (Decolonisation and Special Political Committee), Elle Fang (Special Commission on Science) and Ted Borland (Security Council).

Oliver Daniels, representing France on the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee achieved Most Outstanding Delegate.

Taskiya Rahman Y13, representing the Dominican Republic, was the main submitter on a resolution in the Special Commission on Science, which was passed on the back of her excellent research and hard work.

Cathryn Haigh, history and politics teacher, said: “This was probably one of the best conferences we have attended with a cohort of extremely high calibre delegates from across Europe. We are delighted with the achievements of our talented – and very hardworking – students making their debut at this prestigious event.”

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