The Globeducate Model United Nations (MUN) event, 30th March to 1st April, hosted by ISN Nice, France, is one of six global events on the Globeducate calendar that brings together students from across our nine countries. Students from 25 Globeducate schools, from Blyth Academy in Canada to The Indian Public School in southern India, and many schools across Europe. The event is one of many opportunities for Globeducate students to develop their skills and to learn the difference they can make as global citizens, to shape the world.
Debate topics this year will echo the mission of the United Nationsl Sustainable Development Goals set for 2030 and fall under the usual themes of: Eco Society, Security Council, Historical Security Council, NATO and Human Rights Council and include Sustainable use of Natural Resources, Regularisation of Cryptocurrencies, Humanitarian Aid and Political stability in Yemen, Arms Trade - preventing terrorism, and Ensuring Freedom of Speech - the list is not exhaustive. In the event´s grand opening ceremony, British photojournalist Nick Dazinger will speak about his experience.
Ahead of the event taking place this week, he said: "Increasingly, our common humanity is being threatened as people’s rights across the world are being eroded. There has never been a more important time, to stand up and defend the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, not just for the privileged few, but for each and every one of us that shares the same home – our planet. I hope that my images provide documentary evidence for the defence of human rights and the need of positive social change."
The hosts, ISN Nice, are an international school with a longstanding tradition for MUN competitions. For more than 20 years, students at ISN Nice have been taking part in Model United Nations competitions; MUN being defined as an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the UN agenda.
MUN is an engaging, inspiring and character-building exercise for our students to develop and hone their skills in public speaking, group communication, event organisation, negotiation, conflict resolution, note-taking, writing and editing. Students tell us they find it to be advantageous when applying to universities, as it shows a dedication to an extracurricular activity and an appreciation for diversity and tolerance for other cultures, traditions and ways of thinking. This event gives a practical opportunity to develop some of our key visions for all Globeducate students, to prepare each student to be a global citizen who can shape the world, and to build character and nurture global perspectives.
ISN Nice´s MUN coordinator, Sergio Galvis, has been running this global event at ISN Nice for three years. He says: “As ISN coordinator I get to facilitate, educate and inspire my students, putting together their interest into concrete educated arguments ready for debate. I get to remind them to believe in themselves: that speaking to hundreds of people and persuading them to their point of view is possible. I get to praise them by training and welcoming them to the team, which allows me to see their progress as we participate in conferences over the academic years. I get to cheer for them, no matter how poorly they believe they are doing, I am there to tell them to never give up on themselves. I think that the MUN spirit is embraced by the ISN Nice community and hosting this year’s Globeducate MUN conference is an amazing opportunity to share our values with our partner schools."