A.B. Paterson College sent two teams to the Rotary District 9640 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre on Saturday, 24 March 2018. Evie Rounsley, Claire Blumson and Jasmine Liew represented Australia, while Analiese Parker, Joanne Quach and Michaela Wilson represented Afghanistan to discuss four UN resolutions, relevant to 2018. We competed against 28 other teams, from as far away as Goondiwindi and Lismore, representing 28 countries. MUNA 2018 was an eye-opening experience that provided an insight into global politics, and the functions and processes of the UN. We were able to learn about countries from all over the world and their perspectives on relevant global issues, including immigration, the situation in Syria, climate change and North Korea’s nuclear capability.
The most valuable experience was the development of oratory skills, to respond to resolutions on short notice, as we responded to the arguments and issues presented by opposing delegates. We learnt first-hand about the ways that countries build relationships and agreements on resolutions for ratification by the UN. Teamwork and cooperation were key areas that we appreciated, as we worked in small groups to prepare, debate and rebut stances on the resolutions under discussion.
The most interesting aspect of the day was seeing how resolutions were voted upon, debated and passed, or rejected by delegates of the various nations in the UN’s General Assembly. One can truly appreciate how difficult the process is, in reality, and the complex issues that the UN faces in order to promote the values of peace and global co-operation in an increasingly globalised world.
This is a wonderful experience for students to gain a better understanding of global politics and the issues facing world regions in an engaging environment with like-minded students. We would like to thank Mr Chetter for helping us prepare for the day and the Rotary Club of Coomera Valley for sponsoring our teams. We wholeheartedly recommend to any A.B. Paterson College student to participate in MUNA next year.
Analiese Parker & Michaela Wilson – Year 11