On Friday 16th of November, 10 OIC students started an intense three days of Model United Nations (MUN) which took place on the historical Oxford University buildings of Examinations Building and Merton College.
MUN is an academic simulation of United Nations in which students act as delegates of one of the 193 nations that belong to the United Nations (UN). Through negotiation, discussion and debating. Delegates try to find solutions to a range of global issues. This year, OIC students represented countries such as Ghana, Kazakhstan and politicians such as the Mayor of Miami Tim Cruz or USA Senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The students were each part of a UN committee, such as UNICEF or United Nations Security Council. They were tasked with negotiating solutions, writing a UN resolution and getting it passed by a majority vote of the delegates of the committee. Issues that OIC students were given to tackle were related to cyber-security, scarce of natural resources, discrimination or freedom of speech.
MUN Oxford brought around 600 hundred students from all over the world. Students represented countries as far reaching as Nepal, India, Malaysia, Canada and China as well as European Countries such as the UK, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands.
OIC students worked extremely hard, both before and during the MUN. Before the event, OIC students researched their topics and the country they represented and endevoured to pose possible solutions that they felt would get the support of the majority of the delegates of their committee. During the MUN, they had the opportunity to improve their public speaking and persuasive skills as well as their capacity to analyse global issues critically.
It was a unique experience and as the senior British diplomat, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, suggested during the opening Ceremony at the Sheldonian theatre, the great thing of UN Model is that every single country, from the large Russia to the small Tuvalu, from the rich Qatar to the poor Democratic Republic of Congo, each have the opportunity to be listened to and each has the capacity to compromise in order to solve the global issues that we face today.
A special mention must also be made to OIC student Sarah Gadalla, who won the Award for the 'Best Position Paper' in the 'Future Crisis Committee'. This committee was one of the most challenging of the day and included some of the most experienced delegates. Well done, Sarah!
For more information on the Module United Nations (MUN), Oxford 2018, click here.