Sixteen Hutchesons’ pupils from the School’s Model UN Society joined 500 other young people to take part in our 8th George Watson’s Model UN Conference.
This was a truly international event with 43 schools from across the UK, as well as Germany, USA, Greece and Iran. The delegations covered many countries, with Hutchie pupils representing Sweden and Cambodia.
The School’s team had a good mix of experienced and new members, who had been researching their countries’ positions on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues. At the opening ceremony they were addressed by Russia’s consul general, Andrey Pritsepov, who spoke of the golden rules of diplomacy that he had learned from former Soviet foreign secretary Andrei Gromyko.
With referenda never far from our minds, the pupils had the opportunity to listen to a fascinating talk on the impact of identity politics on Brexit and IndyRef2 by the “Go To” man of politics, Professor John Curtice.
Gideon Green, S6, a MUN veteran, said: “This was a great conference; the quality of debate was very high and it was amazing to see how the new members of the Model UN developed their debating and lobbying skills.
“We were delighted that our Swedish delegation got their amendment passed at the General Assembly; in fact, we got 18 delegations to sign up to their amendment”. (14 were thanks to persuasive charm of Gideon alone). Reflecting on his past three years of Model UN conferences, Gideon went on: “Model Un has helped me improve my debating skills and my knowledge of world issues. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many like-minded people from around the world.
Rounding off a great conference, Andrew Osipov, S5, was “highly commended” for his contributions.