From the 17th to the 19th of March, a group of IB and OIB students from Ermitage attended the Honoré de Balzac MUN conference for its second edition, with students from other schools in the Paris region but also from the south of France and Morocco. The conference took place at the Conseil Régional d’Ile de France.
The first day started off with the opening ceremony, during which we heard interesting speeches from the Secretary General and the school’s headmaster, as well as Jean Audouze, president of the French national commission for UNESCO. On the second day we all filtered off into our separate committees, ranging from Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) to the Security Council to the Special Conference. The 16 OIB and IB students from Ermitage were representing the countries of Germany, Chile and Lithuania. Over the course of the morning, the different committees worked hard at lobbying, to create the best possible resolutions that would later be debated. These resolutions made way for a fruitful and lively debate on subjects such as human cloning and cyber-terrorism, resulting in multiple clauses and resolutions being voted and passed over the two days of debating. It was at the end of the second day of debating that the committees went into plenary session and were faced with a crisis situation. During this crisis, delegates were given one hour to group together, form alliances and create clauses to deal with the problem at hand, in this case a made-up scenario in which Russia had invaded a country thus causing China to declare war. This challenge really brought out the best in all delegates, calling upon their leadership and teamwork skills in order to find a solution under pressure.
The conference then came to its end after the closing ceremony, all of us sad to be leaving such an enriching and enjoyable conference. It truly was a great experience, enabling us not to meet new people and make new friendships as well as strengthen the ones made last year, but also to come together and engage in enriching debates about subjects that we are faced with in our lives today. It also allowed us to enjoy wonderful lunches at the Unesco building in Paris.
on Friday March 21, 2014
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