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Triumph at Cambridge University Model United Nations

Posted on 19 September 2018 by Miss Emily Acton-Edmiston

Another term, another successful Model United Nations!

Queen’s Gate represented Canada, Poland and Greece at the Cambridge University International Model United Nations – High School (CUIMUN-HS) conference from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 September. 11 delegates participated in committees facing pressing issues in the world today, such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, safeguarding the health and rights of children in areas of natural disasters, and the rights of women in conflict zones.

Our girls worked exceptionally hard in their respective committees and all did well to adapt to the University style of MUN debating procedures, decision-making and resolution writing. Powerful blocs, shifting alliances and quite a lot of frustration – all, nevertheless, contributed to a very satisfying and enjoyable weekend conference. The standard of debate was high and our girls – as ever – were in the thick of it.

“It was clear that every single QG girl was getting involved and making things fizz. It is a real privilege to be associated with such a talented group and the experience and skills gained from CUIMUN will put our girls in good stead for the Royal Russell School’s MUN which will be held during October half-term.” Dr Lee

CUIMUN-HS was a hugely enjoyable conference for all who went – the icing on the cake was recognition at the prize-giving when 5 out of the 12 awards were given to Queen’s Gate delegates. With over 150 delegates from 20 schools in the UK and around the world attending the conference, the awards truly epitomise the contributions our girls made to the debates and their skills in diplomacy and public-speaking.

Many congratulations to the following girls for their awards:

Laura Connies-Laing: the Best Delegate Award. She battled hard and with remarkable tenacity representing Poland in the Security Council.
Iona Martyrossian: the Outstanding Performance Award.
Diane-Sophie Capelle, Reem Thakur and Kiana Mottahedan: the Honourable Mention Awards.

 “The delegations from Queen’s Gate were relentless in their dominance during General Assembly and managed to rebut any attempts from other delegates to contradict our points.” Iona and Laura.

Thank you to Dr Lee and Miss Palframan for giving up their precious weekend in aid of fruitful debate – the support and of course the Pizza Express were much appreciated!