120 delegations from 44 schools in nine countries will converge on Haileybury for the annual Haileybury Model United Nations (HMUN09) gathering from 20 to 22 March.
The purpose and nature of Model United Nations conferences such as the one held at Haileybury are to replicate the real United Nations. Delegates are assigned to a country and a committee, and are required to play the roles of diplomats. They first have to research the issues from the perspective of both the UN and the country they represent, and then have to prepare a stance on these issues which accurately and realistically reflects their country’s views.
At the HMUN09 Conference, delegates have to lobby for support with the delegates of other countries and then debate the issues according to their country’s standpoint. Debates are conducted according to rules of parliamentary procedure, and are controlled by pupil officers.
Delegates have to operate on a range of levels. They have to research, they have to develop the social skills of the effective lobbyist, and they have to present their ideas in a demanding debating forum. The MUN programme gives pupil delegates confidence and develops abilities which they had never dreamt they possessed. They also enjoy the opportunity to meet other young people from across the globe.
Schools are coming to HUMN09 from the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia
- The Netherlands
The event begins on the afternoon of Friday, 20 March and culminates in the closing ceremony at 4.45pm on Sunday, 22 March.