Scots College Model United Nations Programme (SCMUN)
The Scots College Model United Nations Programme is a unique way for Middle School students to debate global issues with the assistance of experienced senior boys and members of the national charitable organisation UN Youth.
Students involved can develop their public speaking and communication skills, practise lobbying and negotiation, and learn about a range of international political, economic, moral and social issues. A booklet with detailed information on the programme can be found here (610KB).
On Monday 25 June, students participating in the Scots College Model United Nations programme took the role of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, and successfully passed a resolution on the subject of nuclear weapons (attached below).
During a two-hour session, delegates from years 7 to 10 introduced a number of amendments to a draft resolution produced at a previous meeting.
Vigorous debate around human rights issues, the question of nuclear power as an ethical energy source, and the viability of nuclear disarmament made for a successful committee. Congratulations to all students involved, with special mention to Sean Aitchison (Year 9), Jackson Lacy (Year 7) and Sam Porta (Year 9).
The next Model UN meeting will be held early next term, with a scenario to be announced on the day. Delegates are advised to play close attention to the news over the holidays, and be prepared with information about their country!"
Ben Guerin, Year 13