The Model United Nations (MUN) runs as a club every Thursday at d’Overbroeck’s and is a chance for students to understand how the United Nations works by researching and debating some of the biggest challenges in the world today. Students can familiarise themselves with global politics and international affairs by roleplaying as national representatives or ambassadors in meetings, just like the real thing, and gain knowledge, understanding, and empathy by interacting with their peers and adopting different viewpoints.
Some of the key skills gained by students include speech writing, public speaking and conflict resolution, as well as teamwork and collaboration. As part of the Nord Anglia family of schools, we become part of the UNICEF collaboration for Social Impact. The MUN is a prime example of an activity which helps students to understand their role in the world.
Students from all three d’Overbroeck’s sites (The International School, Years 7-11, and Sixth Form) gather, discuss and prepare for conferences.
Sign up to our next MUN conference
d’Overbroeck’s would like to warmly welcome your school to attend our inaugural Model UN conference on 4-5 March 2023. The conference is for all delegates from years 7-13 and we are also welcoming one guest chair per committee, from years 11-13. Guest chairs should contact Naomi Richards for more information, due to limited places. Please scroll down to fill out the registration form.
Places will be filled on a first come-first served basis. To encourage debate and collaboration, delegates may choose a committee and will be assigned a country within the committee.
Lunch will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast will also be served on Sunday 5 March.
There shall be 4 committees consisting of: WHO, SPECPOL, Security Council, and UN HRC.
Topics for each of the committees are as follows:
World Health Organisation – WHO:
- The legalisation of euthanasia
- The use of cannabis and its decriminalisation
Special Political and Decolonisation – SPECPOL:
- The conflict of Israel and Palestine
- The issue of international expansion of Chinese control
Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner – UN HRC:
- The repatriation of ancestral remains and lands to indigenous people
- The issue of international migrant worker abuse and exploitation
- The Russia-Ukraine conflict
- The weaponization of Information and Technology – cybersecurity and warfare
Briefing papers for each committee and more information to follow shortly.
An emergency General Assembly crisis will be announced during conference on Sunday.
Location and Contact Details:
d’Overbroeck’s School, 333 Banbury Road, OX2 7PL. The school is located in a residential area and there is limited parking on roads around the school and onsite.
d’Overbroeck’s Students and Staff will be wearing blue d’Overbroeck’s lanyards and will be at hand to help out.
Our main school phone is +44(0) 1865 638 621
Email Naomi Richards.
Saturday, March 4:
- 12:30 Arrive at d’Overbroeck’s – lunch available during this period.
- 13:15 Opening Ceremony
- 13:45 Break into committees – lobbying
- 14:00 Committees – Topic 1
- 17:00 Departure from d’Overbroeck’s
Sunday, March 5:
- 9:00 Arrival and breakfast at d’Overbroeck’s
- 9:30 Committees – Topic 2
- 12:30 Lunch in Common Room
- 13:30 GA Crisis Resolution and lobbying
- 14:00 GA Crisis Debate
- 15:45 Closing Ceremony
- 16:15 Depart from d’Overbroeck’s
We can’t wait to see you here!
DovMUN23 Student Organisers