Friday 18th March - Sunday 20th March
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Model United Nations (MUN) is essentially a role-playing exercise, in which young people assume the roles of diplomats. Through this, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of international issues, from deforestation to the situation in the Middle East, as well as improving their public speaking and debating skills, and learning how to solve problems constructively. One of the great strengths of MUN is that it is pupil-led, with sixth formers taking the lead in running weekly sessions, and playing a key role in organising our own annual conference.
The best way of experiencing all that MUN has to offer is to attend conferences. These take place across the world, and vary in size and character, but all have a similar basis. Before the conference, pupils attending (delegates) research the topics they will be debating, and the views of the country they will be representing. They may then write a resolution, outlining a way to deal with one of the issues to be debated. At the conference, delegates must try and win support for their resolutions, initially during informal lobbying, and then during formal debate, overseen by older pupils fulfilling the role of committee Chairs. Resolutions which are passed by the committee may then be debated by all those at the conference, during General Assembly.
The Haileybury Conference
In March each year, Haileybury hosts one of the largest conferences in the country, involving over 600 secondary school (high school) students from across the world. As well as participating as delegates, pupils from both Haileybury and other schools have the opportunity to Chair committees, and over 100 other Haileybury pupils are involved in supporting roles in the conference.
The next conference will take place between Friday 18 and Sunday 20 March 2016. If you are from another school, and wish to attend the Haileybury MUN conference, please contact us for more information.