Between 23 and 25 February, a team of our Sixth Form students participated in the Model United Nations Conference held at Magdalen College School.
For their contributions to their individual committees, Daria Sipos and Iona Smith won ‘Highly Commended’ awards.
Below is the account of one of our students, Daria Sipos, about the event:
“The Model UN conference was an exciting opportunity to discuss contemporary and pressing global affairs, appealing to ingenuity and persuasion to craft bold and workable resolutions. The two d’Overbroeck’s delegations represented Georgia and Pakistan. The debates took place in various committees- Human Rights, Political, Middle East and Environment and Health on issues ranging from Guantanamo Bay to the cholera outbreak in Yemen. The debates in committees were lively and thought-provoking. The opening ceremony provided a gripping stimulus to engage in the upcoming debates with a speech from international security expert Dr. Andrew Rathmell highlighting the place of the United Nations in the present day and raising some contentious points about current geopolitics.
Taking on the role of world diplomats was eye-opening in relation to the difficulty of making decisions in a position of power on highly controversial issues, as well as to the fine balancing act of accommodating varied national interests in UN activity. The complex challenges of networking, compromise, persuasion and UN procedure kept the weekend dynamic and stimulating. The most thrilling part of the conference was an emergency session when a civil war outbreak in Bhutan threaten to erupt into a full scale nuclear confrontation with the involvement of regional powers had to be tackled within the General Assembly, requiring careful engagement, deal-making and fierce scrutiny of proposals. The experience was very rewarding, and everyone left the conference more engaged and aware, having had a highly entertaining and enriching weekend. “