Debriefing
4th Annual Youth Model United Nations Conference

This year's conference saw the participation of more than 180 students and teachers from across London, the UK and Germany. From a crisis in Kenya involving militants, refugees, climate issues and a humanitarian emergency to indigenous and environmental rights, the participants of the conference had many problems to solve. A total of 14 resolutions were drafted across all three committees, of which 6 passed. For the details of the resolutions as well as an analysis of their content, please click on the committee links below.

 

Press Release

 

Debriefing of Resolutions by Committee:

 

1. General Assembly 1st Committee

 5 resolutions drafted/ 2 passed

2. Human Rights Council

 5 resolutions drafted/ 1 passed

3. Security Council

 4 resolutions drafted/ 3 passed

What participants said:

 1. The most important skills gained during the conference:

  • Public Speaking/ Speech giving
  • Debating
  • Confidence
  • Negotiation and Compromise
  • Communication
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Persuasion
  • Research
  • Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Argumentation: making your point clear and sharp
  • Thinking on the spot
  • Writing
  • Patience
  • How to make friends

2. The most challenging part of the conference: 

  • Writing position papers
  • Writing resolutions
  • Doing the research on my country and the committee topics
  • Getting people to agree/ reaching agreements
  • Talking to new people

 3. The most valuable lesson(s) learned:

  • It is important to compromise
  • There is always some common ground between countries
  • Communication and teamwork are key
  • The world’s problems cannot be resolved easily and quickly
  • Working together can create success
  • Even if two countries disagree, this doesn’t mean they should be enemies
  • Problems can be solved with words
  • Most issues impact a great number of people
  • It is important to stand up for what you believe in
  • That I’m passionate about representing the under-represented
  • You have to take other views into account
  • Decision-making is hard at the UN

 4. Changes that should be made to the UN

  • Smaller countries should be given more power in order to create a more equal world, as each country should have an equal say
  • The Security Council (SC) should have a wider range of countries
  • No more loopholes
  • The SC veto should be abolished
  • People need to come together more and vote on smaller issues to reach an agreement
  • More youth contribution
  • It needs to adapt to a modern and globalised world and needs to move forward in relation to citizenship and global climate change

 5. 99% of participants say they would do it again and would recommend this conference to others. 

 

Thank you to all for another great year!  I hope to see you on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018!