17 Mar 2016

Thursday 17 March 2016

Nineteen King's College students attended the Auckland Model United Nations at the University of Auckland over the weekend of Saturday, 12 and Sunday, 13 March.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations where students step into the shoes of diplomats to collaboratively find solutions for international issues. Over the course of the two-day event, each delegate proceeded to take part in two committees (small assemblies of around 30 delegates each) and a plenary (large assemblies of around 150 delegates each).

Each student delegate who attended the event was allocated a country, non-governmental organisation or company for this event. Delegates from King’s were Saurav Bansal (Jordan), Alexandra Cochrane (Eritrea), Michael Daya-Winterbottom (Japan), Benjamin Flacks (Barbados), Nathaniel Flacks (Senegal), Bon-Nyeong Goo (Bahrain), Hye-Song Goo (China), Albere Schroder (Gabon), Lara Hodgson (Grenada), Tiana Jakicevich (Thailand), Sharon Li (Nigeria), Geneva Roy (United Kingdom), Daniel Sewell (BHP Billiton), Rita Shasha (Marshall Islands), Jonathan Ta (Japan), Rohith Vinod (Kazakhstan), William Wang (Zimbabwe), Young Wu (Ghana) and Janet Zhong (Tanzania).

Delegates at this event explored the theme of climate change. A speakers panel, comprised of journalist Ms Dita de Boni and Mr David Tong (CEO of the P3 Foundation), discussed their views on environmental policy within New Zealand, partisan politics and its relationship to climate change. These two insightful speakers had an enormous depth of knowledge in this field, with Mr Tong being a former member of the New Zealand Youth Delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Durban during 2011.

By attending Auckland Model United Nations, delegates were not only able to gain a deeper understanding of how Model UN works, but also of issues pertaining to climate change. The high calibre of the King’s College delegation was recognised by the conference’s administrators, with Geneva Roy and Albere Schroder being awarded 'Best Delegate' awards for their work in committees.

If you would like any further information or are interested in taking part in future Model UN events throughout the year, please contact King's College UN Youth representatives Michael Daya-Winterbottom by email or Hye-Song Goo by email.