On Tuesday the 8th of May, the members of Helsby Sixth Forms Model United Nations club hosted our first UN conference. Model United Nations, also known as Model UN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically assume the identity of delegates in the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Our conference simulated a meeting of the Security Council and aimed to try and ease tensions between Russia and the UK after an unlawful invasion of the Pitcairn islands – a British overseas territory. Each of us assumed the identity of a delegate representing a country sitting on the security council and prepared a position speech in which we highlighted our countries position and gave a summary of their economic and political situation as well as ideas for a diplomatic solution. During the conference, the possibility of nuclear disarmament was also discussed to a great extent and many possible solutions were proposed. The effects of financial reparations and trade embargos onto Russia were debated as well as the effect it would have on the rest of the world. It proved very interesting as each delegate took a stance that reflected the ideology of their country. Overall it was a very informative experience, and it was interesting to explore the inner working of the United Nations. We are excited to hold our next conference which will discuss the ever-growing problem of climate change and global warming.
Alfie Porteous 12SRA