Representation at the United Nations!

Several pairs of Years 11 and 12 students have embarked on a journey of political discovery over August and September, participating in the annual UN Youth Victoria Evatt Model United Nations competition. Representing one of the fifteen UN member countries of the Security Council, they have debated, amended and voted on resolutions concerning global issues such as xenophobia, Nigerian elections and deforestation.

At various half day sessions over several weeks, each pair was allocated a country to represent in the round table discussions with fourteen other pairs from a wide variety of Victorian schools. They were given two issues on which to prepare and then had to discuss another topic, unprepared, on the day. Jordy Rogelberg and Pure Hayman were advocates for Belgium, Josh Brill and Cal Segeal for Germany, Jonah Epstein and Maximus Sandler, as well as Ethan Mileikowski and Jasmine Bader at another session, for China and Avishai Conyer and Aaron Greenwell for the USA. All prepared thoroughly and argued their cases with erudition and we congratulate them for their involvement with and commitment to a most worthwhile learning experience. We look forward to their future advocacy on many important issues.

Only 60 of the 277 teams which competed were chosen to continue further in the competition. Mazal tov to Avishai and Aaron who were part of the semi-final heats held over last weekend at Queen’s College, Melbourne University. On Sunday morning they were valiant spokespeople for France and acquitted themselves with dignity and aplomb, in their negotiations and lobbying with other country representatives. A special congratulations to them. Well done all.

Margaret Pagone , LAL Humanities 6-12.

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