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Representing Zimbabwe at Model UN

Emma Pyles '20
On Thursday, January 30, sixteen Derryfield students left for the four-day Harvard Model United Nations (MUN) conference at the Prudential Center in Boston, MA. Students had been preparing for this conference since September as a part of the new Derryfield Exploration Block electives. During this time, students learned proper Model United Nations procedures, engaged in mock simulations (such as the Six-Party Talks conference), and researched their committee topics. At Harvard MUN, which attracts over 4,000 high school students from over 20 countries around the world, students drafted resolutions, plotted strategy, negotiated with supporters and adversaries, resolved conflicts, all according to the UN rules of parliamentary procedure.

Essentially, students were tasked with solving a major world issue in the context of their committee and gaining the most votes on their resolution. Topics included a prospective Israeli-Palestine Conflict in 2030, Terrorism in the Age of the Internet, Access to Healthcare, the Economic Impact of Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals in 2030, and Violence Against Women During Wartime. All Derryfield School students were assigned the country of Zimbabwe and had to work with other delegates, while staying true to Zimbabwe's goals and systems. In this specific conference, which runs 36 committees, students were either a part of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, a regional body, or a specialized agency. 

In the almost 20 hours of committee sessions over the four days at the conference, Derryfield students not only learned many new skills relating to being an ambassador of the United Nations, but also befriended many new kids from around the world, developing lasting relationships and learning the power of diplomacy on the world stage. Congratulations to the students who participated, and thank you to Dr. Mary Karlin and Mr. Ryan Tanner-Read, our dedicated teachers and trip chaperones, who made this amazing trip possible! 

We encourage anyone who is interested in foreign diplomacy and working to solve real, international issues to join Derryfield’s Model UN Club. Please contact us (20epyles@derryfield.org, 20mweimer@derryfield.org, 21sinduni@derryfield.org) if you want to learn more!

by Emma Pyles '20
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