A model UN General Assembly was inaugurated at The English School of Kyrenia with a parade of student “delegates” bearing the national flags of 23 countries.
The school welcomed its first guest Greek Cypriot participants and students from the Doğa, Ted, 19 Mayis and Güzelyurt Türk Maarif colleges to join in the two-day role-play simulation which has been adopted by high schools across the world since its inception in the 1950s.
Teacher and MUN director Askgül Suman introduced school’s second Model UN event before Tolga Atun gave a welcome speech as the “UN Secretary-General”.
The Model UN programme involves substantial research, public speaking and debating, writing skills, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership abilities while educating youngsters about diplomacy, international relations and the UN.
After lobbying and resolution drafting on the first day last Friday, four committees debated for three hours before dinner and a social get-together at Bella View Hotel, returning on Saturday to continue discussions. Each chair submitted one resolution to the approval panel before the General Assembly began.
Topics included combating the arms trade worldwide and measures for the control of intelligence-gathering and espionage in the digital age; for a permanent solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict; and for the elimination of corruption in developing countries.
Migration control, preserving the rights of refugees, a move from fossil fuel use to sustainable energy sources and creating more awareness about climate change were also on the agenda.
By Anne Canalp for Cyprus Today