Cheltenham Ladies Attend Eton Model United Nations Conference

MUN Eton Cheltenham

By Megan Thresh

As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo

On Sunday, 10th November, thirteen Cheltenham Ladies set off to Eton College to take part in a Model United Nations Conference, debating resolutions on the two provoking matters of the Syrian Crisis and of the growing threat of terrorism in the nations of Mali, Somalia, and Yemen. Having been tested by the extensive knowledge of the Etonians at previous conferences, the girls arrived thoroughly prepared for the day ahead, and spirits ran high as all lobbied for their resolutions to be supported.

What ensued was an exciting afternoon of debate, in which all delegates were challenged to defend their propositions; resolutions were occasionally passed and failed almost unanimously, leading to highly entertaining speeches by their proprietors to maintain the enthusiasm of the Assembly for their proposals.

MUN Eton Cheltenham

Particular mention must be made to the Etonian delegate of North Korea, Jamie Collings for his somewhat frantic yet brilliant defence of North Korea’s interests – although late in the afternoon, this did lead to a vote being taken on whether or not to evict him from the Conference as generally, and not unexpectedly, these views ran polar to the interests of the UN and violated numerous human rights.

Imogen Gosling, who represented the United Kingdom, must also be commended for her provoking arguments in opposition to those resolutions that offended the interests of her nation. Nevertheless, all delegates presented engaging and creative arguments that served to make for yet another successful Conference; it proved to be a highly enjoyable day for all involved. By the time that all resolutions had been discussed, a fatigued yet elated Assembly felt that the conclusions reached represented the fair will of the majority, and those among us attending their first Conference considered themselves familiar with the formalities of the UN Assembly.

The girls would like to extend their thanks to Eton College for hosting the event and also to Mr Forward-Davies and Miss Bamford for giving up their Sundays to help supervise the Conference.

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