Students get a taste of UN negotiations
A group of Regent College students put their debating and negotiation skills to the test when the took part in the first Sixth Form Model United Nations Conference in Birmingham, last weekend.
The six students were chosen to represent the country of Iran. The event brought together over 300 students from 40 different colleges in the UK.
The event aims to replicate the real United Nations in writing resolutions, gaining support from other nations and encouraging diplomacy. Over the course of the weekend the students developed their research and speech writing skills, co-operation and teamwork, leadership, public speaking and global awareness.
The Regent students created resolutions on subjects surrounding women’s rights, nuclear disarmament, climate change and the economy, in favour of Iran. One Regent student won an award.
Emilia, 17, “Winning my award was amazing! I wrote a resolution on air pollution in Tehran and found lobbying other countries to support my resolution came very naturally. We were asked to get at least five countries supporting our resolutions and I managed to get 16 at the end of the first night!”
Michael, 18, said: “The whole conference was interesting. I enjoyed the debating and had an opportunity to question a delegate during the General Assembly. Representing was a big challenge and I am looking forward to taking part in the Leicestershire Model United Nations General Assembly in April.”