From March 23rd to 26th, 171 students from 22 Globeducate schools across the world came together virtually for the VI annual Globeducate Model United Nations.
Model United Nations (MUN) is a longstanding tradition at ISN Nice and High School students have been taking part in conferences for over 20 years. MUN is defined as an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the UN agenda.
As the hosts of one of the six prestigious Globeducate annual events that take place across the school year, under normal circumstances ISN Nice students would have welcomed the participating schools on site, and shown them the best that the city has to offer. However, with countries on lockdown and strict hygiene protocols in place, naturally the event had to move online. Yet, this did not dampen the enthusiasm or motivation of the students.
“Participating and especially creating our own MUN conference was an amazing and unique opportunity, and it encouraged me to understand and be involved in the political world,” said Anais, a Grade 11 student at ISN Nice who has been participating in MUN for several years.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Sustainability in the 21st Century’, and delegates debated topics and passed amendments around issues such as the effects of environmental degradation on peace and security; the use of drones and robotics in warfare; the fight against racial inequality; and the role of green energy in sustainable development.
After a warm welcome by Mel Curtis, Head of School at ISN Nice, the guest speaker for the opening ceremony was Daniel Truran, Director General of EBBF (Ethical Businesses Building the Future), B Corp Ambassador at B Lab Europe, Co-Founder of the Impact Hub Madrid, and Member of the Advisory Board at Schiller International University. He gave an impassioned speech about the important role that the younger generation was already playing in the drive for a more sustainable future, citing Greta Thunberg as an inspiration for many. He also underlined the importance of using diversity to our advantage: “There is unity in diversity. Use the diversity of the people around you and the incredible insights they share with you.”
Sergio Galvis, MUN coordinator at ISN Nice, knows the important role that MUN can play in developing important life skills in students, as he participated in conferences throughout his High School years in Canada: “As ISN coordinator I get to facilitate, educate and inspire my students, putting together their interest into concrete educated arguments ready for debate. I get to remind them to believe in themselves, that speaking to hundreds of people and persuading them to their point of view is possible...I am there to tell them to never give up on themselves.”
Galvis summarises the pride he felt in the role ISN Nice played as organisers of this year’s event: “I think that the MUN spirit is embraced by the ISN Nice community, and hosting this year’s Globeducate MUN conference was an amazing opportunity to share our values with our partner schools."