Geneva MUNGA Conference
History Teacher Miss Laming sent us the following report:
"We met on the first day outside the United Nations General Assembly Building. There were quite long queues to get inside, due to the heightened security and entering neutral territory. This year it was even more prestigious as we were sitting directly above the real UN ambassadors, debating the Cyprus issue. It is an amazing space and really lends a grand sense of occasion to the event.
The opening ceremony began with speeches from the student organisers, the Head Teacher from the host school in Ferney Voltaire and also from some invited dignitaries, including the UN General Director, Mr Mueller. We also had a moving address from a delegate from Rwanda, who discussed the failures of the UN in the past, but also the importance of moving forward together. After the ceremony, we all moved down the road to the World Intellectual Property Organisation where we were welcomed by the WIPO General Director, Mr Gurry, who addressed the students on ethical issues, such as generic medicine and the creation of new knowledge and the right to access information. Following this, the students got down to business as they all went off to their designated committee rooms where the real work of the conference takes place.
On the second day of the conference students were split off in to their various committee rooms. They had a very productive day with each committee seeing their mock UN resolutions take shape. There was some intensive lobbying taking place as each country tried to push their agenda forward and there was a lot of give and take in the drafting and re-drafting of their proposals. All the debates are in French and English with real-time translation carried out by the students themselves (including two Invicta girls) in their sound-proof translator booths. Tomorrow is the final day where the big gatherings of the General Assembly take place and final votes are taken before the official closing ceremony. Snow is forecast for this evening and tomorrow, so fingers crossed we will fly back on time!”
Thank you to Mrs Ricks and Miss Laming for taking the students to Geneva. We hope you have a safe journey back through the snow!