Bedford School students have scored some notable successes at the Haileybury Model United Nations Conference held on Friday 23rd March.
Model United Nations (MUN) is an activity in which participants assume the role of national ambassadors or representatives to debate and seek resolutions to global issues. Haileybury is one of the largest global MUN conferences for schools. Bedford School boys were representing the delegations of Angola and Mexico and debating various pressing global issues in a range of committees focusing on fields such as disarmament and human rights.
All delegates were tremendous throughout the three days of the conference but there were a number of stand out achievements. Lower Sixth Former Edwin Chan did very well to have a resolution on missile disarmament passed at his first conference. Upper Sixth Formers Conor Hilliard and Felix Asare scored personal successes in winning Highly Commended awards for their work in committees. Conor also gave an eloquent speech before hundreds of delegates in the General Assembly (despite being on the end of some friendly fire from Felix!). Upper Sixth Former Harry Beard also did outstandingly well in winning a Distinguished Delegate award, the highest level of individual achievement available at the conference.
Michael Herring, History teacher and teacher in charge of MUN remarked, “We are very proud of the efforts of all of our delegates, many of whom are new to the very complex world of MUN. They participated with gusto and were diplomatic and eloquent at all times”.