On August 10th and 11th a group of fourteen St Andrew’s students participated in the 2nd EMUN (ESSARP Model United Nations). Once again, the venue was at St. George’s School, in their magnificent facilities in the suburban southern location of Quilmes.
Over two intense days, our students had the opportunity to share with students from other schools this amazing experience which aims to simulate, as closely as possible, the circumstances under which the UN functions, and thus educate adolescents across the world in how the UN attempts to address issues. This year’s main issue was Climate Change, but in the several forums, the students, acting as representatives of different countries –St. Andrew’s students represented USA, Senegal and PDR Korea- discussed many other current issues, such as the situation in Syria, the situation in Iran, the question of protecting human rights while countering terrorism and the measures to reintegrate child soldiers to society.
Apart from the intense lobbying, debate and voting sessions aimed at passing resolutions, there was room for relaxation: the first day ended with a social event consisting in a pizza party and a music show, where bands composed by students of the different schools played covers of famous rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Blink-182.
It is worth mentioning that interest in the EMUN event is increasing among English speaking schools, growing from 140 participants last year to more than 210 this year. Due to this, it received the visit of a Dutch observer who was present in order to give EMUN the THIMUN certification. THIMUN (The Hague International Model UN) is the most important of the Model UNs held globally in English, so that accounts for the increasing relevance of this amazing activity.