On Friday, the 19th of July, a few SRC members attended Model United Nations in Schools (MUNIS) at Belmore Boys High School. The day is a simulation of the workings of the general assemble of the united nations.
The day began with a range of introductory activities. We were split up into groups, with the students of other schools, and introduced ourselves.
Finally, the main part of the event began, and we were given the brief for the purpose of the day’s mock General Assembly. The issue surrounded the tensions of European nations, namely Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the role of the United States in this issue. Students were paired up and were given a country to represent.
And so, chaos ensued. Russia was stubborn. The US was stubborn. Ukraine was stubborn. Austria and Hungary merged to once again form the Austrian-Hungarian empire. The issue was debated. Did Russia have a place in invading Ukraine? Could a resolution be possible? After a while of harsh debating, sly comments and belly-aching humour, a solution was finally reached. Russia was to withdraw troops from Ukraine immediately.
Overall, the day was incredibly enjoyable and shone a light on the issues that currently plague our world, as well as showcasing the structure and procedures of the United Nations.