Update by: Claire Shannon-Vermillion, Year 10 student
Before winter break, BSB hosted its first ever Model United Nations conference: BRITMUN. We invited eight different schools to participate in this prestigious competition, which occurred over three days. We had four different committees: Human Rights Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, and Environmental Council. Each committee had around 35 people with 150 delegates in total. With the collaboration of the executive team, directors, and admin staff, it was a successful conference.
Friday morning we began with Lobbying and Merging in the committees, to combine the resolutions the delegates had already created. The final resolutions were then submitted to the approval panel and once approved they were printed by the admin team for the committees. Later in the afternoon the committees started their debates. As it was the first time at a conference for most of the delegates, many began shakily but greatly progressed as the conference continued.
On Saturday the delegates continued the fruitful debates and managed to pass many resolutions. The day proved to be long, yet rewarding as the delegates gained confidence and many incredible speeches were made.
Following that success, on Sunday we finished our debate on the resolutions. Many committees decided to participate in a fun activity or debate to end the conference. One committee participated in a fun debate to decide if spoons or forks were more useful. The closing ceremony was both a joyous and somber occasion as many delegates were sad to leave the new friends they had made.
Overall, BRITMUN was a success for our first student-run conference. For many delegates this was their first conference, and it provided learning experience. It helped inexperienced delegates become stronger speakers so these delegates could go on to participate in other conferences. We hope to make this an annual event as all delegates, experienced or inexperienced, enjoyed it.
Participating schools (alphabetical order):
- Beijing City International School
- Beijing No.55 High School
- Beijing World Youth Academy
- Beijing International Bilingual Academy
- British School of Beijing, Shunyi
- Canadian International School of Beijing
- Daystar Academy
- Huijia Private School
- Keystone Academy
A big Thank you to the Organizers of the event
- The Executive team Jenny Hwang, Sunny Hwang, Luca Coban, Helen Kim, Claire Shannon-Vermillion and Sabrina Zhang
- The Directors were Mr. Aidan Jones & Ms. Kaye MacIver