Andrew J. MacLachlan, Head of Humanities, Prem Tinsulanonda
The Prem Tinsulanonda International School held a ‘model’ United Nations
Conference on November 3rd. Delegates from NIS, Lanna, CMIS and of course
Prem; each representing different countries around the world.
Everyone who participated represented, alone or in a small group, a country
or organization, or presided over an assembly. In order to do this as
realistically as possible, every delegate assumed the role, authorities and
responsibilities of a duly appointed representative of their country.
Delegates’ personal opinions and philosophies were abandoned in exchange for
those of the country or organization they represented.
The purpose of Model United Nations is to provide student delegates with
enriched opportunities to become better global citizens. This was
accomplished by examining relevant real-world issues, building empathy,
developing research and writing abilities, fostering problem-solving
strategies, promoting group discussion and consensus-building skills, and by
having fun while learning to further agendas through diplomacy.
Kevin J. Rosier, Deputy US Consul addressed the General Assembly, stressing
the importance of their roles of representing their individual countries
whilst working together in the United Nations. Denise Van Dorp from CMIS
(Chair) and Max Roecker from Prem (Deputy Chair) officially opened the
Delegates where then divided into regional committees with a permanent
Security Council member being assigned to each committee.
Representing Committee One was Africa (SC France) who topic was Refugees -
The rights of the child. On Committee Two the Americas (SC USA) topic was
Security. Committee Three from Asia (SC China) tackled human trafficking and
the sex trade. Committee Four from Europe (SC Great Britain) handled
Immigration and Committee Five from the Middle East (SC Russia) dealt with
migrant and foreign workers.
In the afternoon the General Assembly convened for speeches and amendments.
Whilst allowing a ‘free hand’ to most of the events supervisors attended
from each of the schools involved.
The day was officially closed with awards and comments from the supervisors
and delegates. After dinner, social activities were arranged to promote the
inter-relationships between the countries, delegates and schools involved.
l/r Max Roecker Deputy - Chair (Prem), Kevin
Rosier US Deputy Consul, Denise Van Dorp - Chair with Andrew MacLaughlan
Kathleen Wunderli representing Sudan sat next to
the South African representative Useng Lee. France was the Security Council
member for Africa represented by Kevin Lee and Vincent Leutwiler.
The supervisors for the day were l/r Dan Eggen,
Chris Watson, Jeff Troyer, Andrew MacLachlan ‘Mac’, Martin Foakes and Aidan
Asian Committee delegates spent the day dealing
with ways to combat human trafficking and the sex trade.
The African committee had the task of dealing
refugees and the rights of children.
Even student diplomats needed a much needed
break from the arduous committee meetings.