200 pupils from 15 schools across the country gathered at Stockport Grammar over the weekend for two days of political debate at our very own Model United Nations conference.
The conference, where delegates research a nation and take on roles as that country’s diplomats, was a roaring success and was run entirely by our sixth form pupils under the guidance of Miss Esther Spence and Mr Nigel Browne.
On the conference’s first day, delegates debated complex issues ranging from stem cell research to justice for war criminals.
The level of debate was consistently high, and the pupils’ knowledge on the subject was boosted thanks to guest speeches from local MP Andrew Stunell OBE on international politics, and Paul Smith from PricewaterhouseCoopers, who spoke about the centrality of the internet and its impact on international relations.
Each committee followed up Paul’s talk by debating an individual crisis issue relating to the theme of technology and its impact on the international community, before gathering for general assembly in which delegates debated a surprise issue.
The school’s MUN organising committee set up a crisis by making three newsflash videos reporting that an EMP device had been detonated in El Salvador and that environmental terrorists were threatening to detonate further devices if their demands were not met. The crisis debate was enjoyed by everyone although, sadly, no resolution was reached!
The school would like to thank everybody who debated at the conference, as well as all of those who helped organise the weekend’s event. Our next MUN conference is provisionally scheduled for autumn 2013.