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Best Delegate Awards for QG Pupils at MTSMUN

Posted on 11 February 2019 by Miss Emily Acton-Edmiston

11 Queen’s Gate girls took part in a Model UN at The Merchant Taylors’ School on Sunday 10 February, representing France and the Dominican Republic. They sat on various committees including the Security Council, Finance, Human Rights, Health, Disarmament, and Environment, competing against more than 170 students from 15 schools. As always, the girls had prepared thoroughly beforehand and had accumulated a considerable amount of information on their allocated countries.

The topics debated ranged from the Israel-Palestine conflict to the question of water security, and the financial inclusion for women to the elimination of medical black markets, to name but a few. The QG delegations played a full part, proposing motions and amendments, making points of information and voting on the resolutions.

In the afternoon, they also took part in a global ‘crisis’ and were asked to respond to a topic that was unknown to them prior to the conference: the fictitious breaking news that Iran had invaded Israel and had used chemical weapons. The girls had to think on their feet and their debating skills were tested, always mindful that the role of the UN is to avoid war.

It was a hugely successful MUN conference and the QG delegations won two highly coveted individual awards out of the 12 available at the MTSMUN.

Congratulations to Luna Middleton-Roy and Diane-Sophie Capelle, who received the prestigious ‘Best Delegate’ award – both girls dealt exceptionally well with the pressures of representing France and displayed confidence and impressive maturity throughout.

Taking part in an MUN conference requires a huge amount of preparation beforehand, as well as the courage to stand up and make your voice heard in a competitive debating environment. Dr Lee.

Best of luck to the pupils taking part in the final conference of the academic year, at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in mid-March!