Right before Thanksgiving break nine students attended the 27th Annual BERMUN conference held at the John F. Kennedy school located just outside of Berlin. Over the course of three days, students debated such issues as rising tensions in the South China Sea, nuclear disarmament and how nations can best address Global Warming. Beyond the conference students were able to explore Berlin with a visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial as well as the Brandenburg Gate.
Once again, our school's MUN Club was invited to the annual PAMUN conference held in Paris. A group of 13 students packed their bags on Wednesday October 28th, and headed to the French capital. The first day was dedicated to sight-seeing, getting to know the city and of course, taking pictures in front of the iconic Tour Eiffel. On Friday, we all headed to the Maison de la Mutualité, the venue of the conference, where the first day of debate began. Clauses, amendments, motions and admins frantically running from one side to the other with notes, brought the day to an end. ASM delegates debated several topics in all of the committees, such as measures to promote good governance in the Middle East, the conservation of biodiversity, environmental sustainability, and gender equality amongst other pressing issues that affect us all on a daily basis. Our delegates gained more confidence on the second day, and everyone actively participated in the discussion making speeches in favor and against, submitting clauses and amendments and even co-submitting resolutions. Before we even knew it, we were all sitting in the General Assembly, which signaled our last day in Paris. We partook in the final debate and listened to the touching speech of the director of the conference, Ouriel Reshef, as well as those of the executive team.
It was a great pleasure to see the only two ASM seniors at the conference, Alexandra C. and Nicolas D., win the "Best Delegate" award and recieve an "Honorable Mention" respectively, after giving their best at what was their last MUN conference.
- Written by Irene C. (ASM 10th Grade Student)