Model UN Conference

On Thursday, 10 May 2018, McKinnon hosted for the fourth time, a Model UN conference for secondary students on the topic - Achieving Gender Equality: Empowering Women and Girls.

This annual event was organised in collaboration with UNAA and we welcomed Noble Park Secondary College, OLSH College, Bentleigh SC, Kilvington Grammar School, Brighton Secondary College, St. Leonard’s College, Camberwell Girls Grammar School and Huntingtower School with their teams.

This Model UN Conference runs over a full school day and is a creative simulation of the United Nations General Assembly in which students represent Member States of the UN in role play and debate.

After a warm welcome by our Assistant Principal, Mr Long and opening addresses by Penelope Lee, General Manager of HerPlace - Women's Museum and Barb Jennings, Board Member of HerPlace -, Professor Ian Howie (Adjunct Professor in International Studies School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne and Associate Professor Nossal Institute for Global Health University of Melbourne) as General Secretary of the day introduced students to procedures of the assembly.

Students stepped into the shoes of diplomats and prepared a position paper, which included thorough research and formal writing skills considering the country’s position they represented.

They drew on diplomacy skills to ensure their views were heard and interacted with other delegates during the caucus sessions, moving amendments to a Draft UN Resolution and finding support through negotiation.

In this conference students learned about international relations, the UN system and burning global issues, which kept all participants highly engaged. They rose to the occasion, using required public speaking skills and were congratulated for their impressive performance by the General Secretary and the UN team.

I would like to thank all participants for their outstanding effort preparing for this event, and additional lunchtime meetings, and for their excellent contribution on the day. Thank you also to UNAA team and Professor Ian Howe for the excellent cooperation and provision of this program on the day.

Thank you also to Ms Fowler for organizing this tremendous student learning opportunity.

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