Global problems debated at GIS

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Students debate population growth at the MUN Conference.
Students debate population growth at the MUN Conference.

Garden International School (GIS) hosted its first Model United Nations (MUN) conference – and it was a huge success.

Visiting schools from around the region and Bangkok joined our own students on January 27 for a day of debate and discussion. In the MUN, students take on the role of a United Nations country and then give their country’s opinions about a range of topics. They also write and vote on resolutions.

At the GIS conference there were four main committees: the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC). Discussions included how to prevent radicalism, how to counter the international wage gap, and the effect of ocean pollution.

The conference was opened on Saturday morning in the main hall by Mr Croft, who organised the event, along with help from Ms Leong, Ms Laurence and Ms Francisco.

Students from ISE, St Andrews Green Valley from the Eastern Seaboard and Traill and GIS from Bangkok also attended. GIS is based in Ban Chang, near Pattaya.

Working together, students research topics before debating them.
Working together, students research topics before debating them.
A GIS student makes a point at the MUN Conference.
A GIS student makes a point at the MUN Conference.
‘What do you think?’ There were plenty of complex discussions taking place at the MUN Conference.
‘What do you think?’ There were plenty of complex discussions taking place at the MUN Conference.