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Model United Nations
In December, we successfully held an Environmental Assembly Model United Nations session with secondary students from all over Hong Kong. Discussing climate change, the session was a great success because of the talent in the room. We were glad to hear that the participants enjoyed the event as much as we did!
Model United Nations, otherwise known as Model UN or MUN, is a platform and event that provides students with the opportunity to understand various global issues from the perspective of a United Nations member. Through MUN, secondary school students are given a taste of how the assemblies work in the United Nations through discussions, forming coalitions, researching, and debating.
On December 1st, 2018, we held an Environmental Assembly MUN at Queen Elizabeth Stadium with over forty students as delegates. Alongside Paris Moon, the president of WFWP HK, and Ota Yukie, the vice-president of WFWP, were David Lau, WFWP's treasurer, Roger Lin, Rebecca Hui and Kenny Fung.
We saw a wide range of countries represented, from India to the Kingdom of Lesotho. The delegates were divided in groups of four with a facilitator allocated to each group to help coordinate the discussion. Despite the event not being a formal MUN session, fruitful discussion and insightful issues and ideas were raised during the event.
The topic of discussion was climate change. To begin, the icebreaker of the event was students introducing their countries and the problems they are facing in terms of climate change. This was where the position paper the students wrote before attending the event came to play, as it prepared them for this discussion. The Kyoto Protocol was heavily emphasised during this time and many acknowledged their countries' contribution to climate change and what they could do to combat it together as a coalition.
After two rounds of discussion (or moderated caucus, as they would call it in MUN), the time to present their resolutions came. Economic sanctions was an idea raised as a last resort, whereas the use of electronic vehicles promoted by tax incentives and the cooperation between developed countries and developing countries were mentioned the most.
The speeches were followed by a question-and-answer session that showed us these students are able to come up with reasonable and eloquent answers on the spot. Interesting ideas were raised as well. A delegate from Haiti mentioned mass-immigration as a way to combat climate change, and a delegate from China said that reducing air travel for delivering goods could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Once the session was adjourned, we held an awards ceremony. Among the awards given out were Best Dressed, Merit awards, Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. The top three awards were based solely on the position paper submitted, judged on language, argument, and originality. The following is a list of the winners: