The high school Model UN Team traveled to Budapest last week for a Model United Nations conference. Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an academic simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Each school participating in a Model UN conferences is assigned a country to represent on one of the committees that model the real United Nations.
ISD students spent four days working on a variety of important issues including preserving world heritage sites in conflict zones, tacking the issue of plastic waste and its impact on marine life, the impact of social media on religious fundamentalism and global terrorism, and many others.
They responded in "real-time" to crises in Venezuela and in Pakistan/Iran, all the while representing the interests of the countries we were assigned- India and Kuwait. Evenings were spent on official programming with students from other countries, and putting last-minute touches on speeches for the next day!
Every single ISD student on the trip gave multiple speeches, participated in debate and lobbied hard for their clauses to be passed.