Senior pupils enjoyed a weekend filled with heated debate and fun-filled discussion as they attended Aberdeen's very first ABZMUN, a Model United Nations conference co-hosted by Robert Gordon's College and Albyn School.
Delegates from 12 different schools attended the conference, which spanned a two-day program with plenty of time for heated debate in various committees and the General Assembly, as well as time set aside to socialise in the Saturday evening's Ceilidh.
The conference was officially declared open in a Ceremony which included speeches from both of the conference's Secretary Generals, as well as the Keynote Speaker, Aberdeen University's Chair of Chemistry, Professor Marcel Jaspers, whose presentation reminded delegates that the United Nations truly covers all aspects of the modern world, ranging from Marine Biology to Sustainability. Debate soon moved to the committees, which included the Security Council, EcoSoc, Human Rights, Political and Women's Rights.
Controversial topics spanning all areas of UN policy, from "Border Disputes" to "Modern Day Slavery", and not to forget "The conflict within the Democratic Republic of Congo" gave rise to intense, argumentative debate in all committees, with multiple resolutions being collaborated on, co-written, debated and passed in the process.
S6 Hutchie Delegates represented Russia, Côte D'Ivoire, and Myanmar and delegates Molly (Political Committee, Côte D'Ivoire) and Lauren (Security Council, Russia) were both awarded Best Delegate, with many delegates receiving Commended, Highly Commended, or Honourable Mentions within their committees.
Everyone enjoyed a memorable trip to Aberdeen – very well done to the Hutchie delegates.
Written by S6 pupil Riya.