The Junior MUN conference hosted by NAIS Hong Kong kicked off to a great start at 8.15 am on Saturday 29 October. Fifteen young and enthusiastic delegates and two committee chairs trooped into our campus ready to discuss the set topics and formulate possible solutions to the following issues in their respective committees. The theme of the conference was ‘Resurgence after Recovery’ and there were three committees running debates throughout the day:
During the opening ceremony, the Secretary General of the conference welcomed the delegates and wished them a fruitful day of discussions. The Principal of NAIS Hong Kong, Mr. Kenny Duncan, reiterated the importance of engaging in discussions centred around the UN SDGs and simulating debate at the United Nations at such a young age. He then welcomed the keynote speaker, Mrs. Sarah Robinson, who is the Deputy Consular General at the British Consulate in Hong Kong. She shared her experiences as a diplomat and gave examples of situations in which members of the Foreign Office had been called upon to make decisions involving the welfare of large and diverse groups of people.
The delegates then dived into debate in their committees with a good number of the BISS Puxi delegates taking to the floor on several occasions to contribute to discussions. Despite most being new to MUN, they took the risk of tackling huge contemporary issues and collaborated with like-minded students from the other four participating China Region NAE schools. The delegates spent the morning sessions presenting opening statements and drafting resolutions before engaging in debates in the afternoon. During the closing ceremony, the Head of Secondary at NAIS Hong Kong appreciated the effort and determination displayed by the delegates and chairs, and acknowledged that the high standards of debate in the three committees.
In the Human Rights Committee, our youngest delegates from Year 6, Ilya, Gaia and Chengrui, scooped the awards for Most Passionate, Most Courageous and Most Diplomatic delegates. In the Security Council, Abril from Year 9 won the award for being the Most Passionate delegate.
Well done to all the delegates for all the hard work and for overcoming their nerves to reap the most from the conference. Mr. Holt, the MUN Director at NAIS Hong Kong had this to say:
"Above all, I have heard laughter, light-hearted verbal jousting and fun. The feedback that I have seen so far tells me that the conference has encouraged lots of our students to attend further MUN conferences. One of the main targets of Junior MUN is to inspire students to use this as a stepping stone to join in with Senior MUN and I think we achieved this aim. We had a lot of Years 6 and 7 students in the conference so our chairs did really well, patiently mentoring new MUNers".
By Ogechi Osedumme and Joseph Gichana MUN Coordinators