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Model United Nations: Hot debate over cold waters

  • MUN Delegation

Who owns the Arctic? That is the critical question that members of our Model United Nations Club have had to address in a conference chaired by Le Rosey gathering delegates of 7 schools.

The Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the UN organisation which is student-led and run all over the world.  La Côte International School has set up a club to help students, eager to learn international relations, to get organised as a MUN committee. In the club students are presented with a topic and they conduct research in order to formulate positions that they will later debate with their fellow delegates during the conference. The point of view they defend should be true to the actual position of the member they represent and it might differ from their personal point of view. They will also learn to develop arguments with the aim of creating strategic alliances with other nations. MUN is a great way to develop negotiating and debating skills. It also highlights the importance of the role of diplomat in modern economic times and helps students to understand global mindedness and global cooperation.

In today’s debate, students from La Côte International School were representing the positions of Canada, Singapore and the Aleut International Association, an Alaska Native interest group. The status of certain portions of the Arctic sea region is in dispute. Canada, among other nations, regard parts of the Arctic as national waters, whereas other representatives with conflicting interests argue over rights to passage along what they see as international seaways. The debate gets even hotter because of the possibility that lucrative petroleum and natural gas reserves exist below the sea floor…