The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is a two-day-event simulating the UN where secondary school students assume the roles of country delegates and lobby with others to reach diplomatic agreements

This article is Day Two of MUNA.

The second day started off quick with speeches to remits. Regional discussions and a final impromptu debate proved to be exciting opportunities for a realistic simulation and critical analysis of how countries in the United Nations negotiate and interact with one another in the present day political climate.

After this, we also saw the address of guest speaker Hon. Aupito William Sio, the Elected Member of Parliament for Māngere. Mr Sio described his life in politics, and shared valuable wisdom with all delegates.

Guest speaker Hon. Aupito William Sio

Meanwhile, the delegates of Denmark decided to lament their complaints about environmental sustainability through a rap.

Delegates of Denmark
(from left to right: Shafquat Tabeeb, Allan Han, and Eric Deng)

This proved to be quite succesful!

Denmark receives a standing ovation

On the other hand, Annabelle Harrison, delegate of Ghana, delivered an eloquent speech representing the Security Council. Her speech concerned ‘veto’ powers of the Security Council, and whether they should be disbanded in favour of giving minority countries a voice. For this, Annabelle won the ‘Best Contribution to Security Council’ award at the conclusion of the event.

Macleans has had a highly rewarding experience with MUNA this year. Over the course of the two days, we learnt how delegates lobby, negotiate, and engage in impromptu political debates in order to achieve their nations’ respective goals and objectives, and are incredibly grateful to Rotary for organising this event.

Rotary Districts 9910 & 9920 Model United Nations 2023, Photographers: James Hook (Rotary) and Mabel Zhang (Macleans College)

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