Last weekend, nine students represented Selwyn College at the annual Model United Nations Association Conference held in association with Rotary Auckland.
They were James Boland, Alex Robinson and Rebekah Robinson who attended as the delegation from South Sudan. Becky Crawford, River Drefers and Molly O'Leary represented the nation of Switzerland and a third team of Jonathan Colwill, Charlotte Pascalis and Tessa Shamrock went as the South American nation of Peru.
All of the students enjoyed the opportunity to attend in colourful costumes, to network with other delegations and to deliver speeches to an audience of over 300 attendees.
Rebekah Robinson reports "Participating in MUNA was an incredible opportunity. I was lucky enough to represent South Sudan, and my team and I felt a real sense of "unity" and cooperation as part of the African bloc. At the conference, we spoke about interesting issues such as the distribution of Covid 19 vaccines and food, the deactivation of landmines, reduction of carbon emissions, and women’s rights. It was also great fun passing notes and lobbying. The event certainly increased our awareness of other nations' situations around the world, and encouraged us to advocate for the furtherance of world peace. The vibrant costumes, well-considered
debates, and enjoyable interactions with others made MUNA a thoroughly worthwhile experience."
As well as enjoying the experience Selwyn College students were once again very successful. This year the South Sudanese team were awarded the Best Knowledge of the United Nations Charter Award. Well done Selwyn College!