All the world a stage for model UN Conference

Model Un Conference webSTUDENTS took on the world’s problems and came up with solutions during a ‘UN Conference’ held at Priestley College.

The economy, environment, human rights and politics were all up for debate during the conference, which involved students from Priestley and Aquinas College in Stockport.

Those taking part represented 20 countries and discussed some of the major issues affecting the world today. Some former Priestley students returned to take part in the event alongside the current history, politics and law cohort.

Senior Tutors Mark Salmon and Fran Evans had been determined to bring the Model UN Conference idea back to college after Priestley students took part in a national version of the event.

“We really wanted to open this up to allow even more students from Priestley to take part,” said Mark.

Representatives from the ‘countries’ came up with answers to world issues and debated their ideas in committees of 15.

A select few were tabled as resolutions in front of the full UN General Assembly, which included all 60 students.

MINGLING webAmong those from Priestley College were three years of students who have studied on the prestigious Graduate programme.

Former College Council President and Vice President, Becky Sutch and Charlie Brittlebank, chaired the assembly with great confidence.

History Tutor Dave Cartwright said: “This was one of the best stretch and challenge activities I have seen at the college.”

MP David Mowat was the guest of honour and was impressed by the standard of debate that took place.

Mark Salmon added: “We are totally committed to promoting active citizenship and developing the confidence of students to equip them for the challenges ahead.
“We are looking to develop this event even further next year.”

David Mowat MP with the top performers from the UN Conference
David Mowat MP with the top performers from the UN Conference

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