Model United Nations is a student-led simulation of the United Nations general assembly. This academic club promotes forward thinking leadership while developing important skills such as: diplomacy, debate, critical thinking, problem solving and public speaking. Model UN emphasizes key areas within the social sciences including political science, international relations, geography, history and law. At CIS we strongly believe that this initiative teaches our students to be leaders and global citizens while simultaneously adhering to the United Nations goals of prosperity and world peace.
Affectionately dubbed SWISMUN, our Model UN team attended its first formal conference hosted by Shen Wai International School in Shenzhen. We were one of the largest delegations with fourteen representatives. CIS students competed admirably in their first event and received honorable mentions and compliments on their debate skills and decorum. Our students represented their fourteen countries respectfully and tactfully. Please reference the following table for a complete list:
Students debated current issues the same way the United Nations does: within a parliamentary setting with chairmen who enforced rules and procedures. Delegates were challenged to be fully aware of their country’s stance on issues presented in committee. Topics for debate and resolution were created with the intention of creating important dialogue about current events. A complete list of topics our delegates covered can be found below:
Disarmament Committee (DISEC)
Topic 1: On measures to reduce civilian casualties caused by illegally owned arms.
Topic 2: On measures to counter state-sponsored terrorism in the Middle-East.
Group of 20
Topic 1: On measures to recover the economy after the occurrence of natural disasters.
Topic 2: On measures to address the economic crisis in Venezuela.
Historical Committee, 1987 (HC)
Topic 1: On measures to reach further reductions on weapons of mass destruction on the INF treaty in the next five years to ensure global security.
Topic 2: On measures to respond to the hypothetical assassination of Mikhail Gorbachev.
Students tackled these issues with the goal of creating resolutions (formal documents outlining solutions to the issues discussed). Delegates formed alliances and spent long hours drafting resolutions that were scrutinized by the approval committee (a group of teachers and advisors) and their chairs. In the end, extremely insightful ideas and proposals found their way to the floor where delegates passionately defended their resolutions in open debate.
Human Rights Committee (HRC)
Topic 1: On measures to combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Topic 2: On measures to mitigate the violation of human rights in Kashmir.
Security Council (SC)
Topic 1: On measures to ensure civilian safety in the event of armed conflict(s).
Topic 2: On measures to ensure the peaceful development and implementation of nuclear energy.
Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM)
Topic 1: On measures to address the hunger crisis in Yemen.
Topic 2: On measures on the protection and preservation of cultural heritage.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Topic 1: On measures to improve medical insurance systems among countries.
Topic 2: On measures to address the contamination of usable water resources and establish a sustainable global water usage system.
Our team will continue learning and look to refine our skills to compete at another conference this spring. If you see one of the fine young people who represent our club please congratulate them on their efforts to improve the world we live in and pursue peace and prosperity.