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2018 MUNA

On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May, over 40 schools arrived at the foyer of Auckland Girls Grammar to take part in the Model United Nations Assembly 2018.

Seven students: Anna Choi, Savanna Stone Michaels, Sienna McKeever, Tayla-lee Bainbridge, Reuben He, Pablo Villasenor, Daniel Quach were privileged to take part in this exciting event.

The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is an annual event that aims to simulate the working of the United Nations Assembly by having school teams of senior students, represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world politics and social concern; in the hope of developing bridges of goodwill for the furtherance of world peace and understanding. Our students represented Denmark and Indonesia at this annual event.

The problems debated over the course of this event included the reconsideration of reducing existing stockpiles of nuclear weapons, the integrity of elections and free trade along with many other complications in our modern world.

Over these two days, each team had the opportunity to pick 2 out of 5 remits to debate and voice their opinion towards. On top of this, students also had the right to vote whether the amendments would be passed or lost. Each delegation spoke for 3 minutes, presenting their country’s perspective and opinions on a specific topic. Everyone was nervous yet they delivered their message confidently and clearly.

Students representing over 200 countries were also divided into blocks. For example, Denmark represented the Western European and Others block and Indonesia being part of the Asia block.

The fun-filled event reached its climax at the time of voting for amendments, where nations used trickery and bribery in an attempt to lobby and win votes from other nations. Denmark and Indonesia had to be careful or they risked being tricked into another nation’s political perspective.

The hectic two days were full of important conversations, bribery and betrayal.

The students who took part in this event walked away tired and mentally drained. But more importantly, we felt as if we have been equipped with the tools to make a true difference in global issues and debates surrounding the well-being of our people.

All the students that participated this year highly encourage students to take part in future MUNA events as it is an extremely rewarding experience to make sense of the reasons behind social justice and moral righteousness. Furthermore, this event provides the platform for students to be educated on the key issues that surround our modern world.

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