A group of us from the Model United Nations club left the country on the 8th of June 2019 to participate in the annual Singapore Model United Nations (SMUN) conference organized by the Political Science Faculty of the National University of Singapore.
This conference is a widely reputed event in Asia, Africa and around Europe. With almost 500 participants from various nationalities participating this year, it came to be one of the largest conferences the organizing committee has ever arranged and we were privileged to get better “delegations” amongst all other applicants of SMUN 2019 in various committees.
The conference included the following committees:
- United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- Social, Humanitarian and Cultural committee (SOCHUM)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
- Crisis Committee (Tokugawa Shogunate)
- Press corps (AFP – Agence France-Presse)
Most of the debating sessions were quite challenging to the participants. While we engaged in seven robust committee sessions for four days, we managed to come up with fruitful solutions and engage actively in solving the topics at hand in our respective committees.
More than the diplomatic aspect of this conference, we as young delegates of Trinity received the opportunity to build up international friendships between other delegates we met during our tour to Singapore.
We were able to enhance our public speaking and problem solving capabilities in par with these participants and the wonderful head chairs we met at the conference.
We departed from Singapore on 15th of June, bidding farewell to our new friends from many nationalities. We were very privileged to be a part of this tour as youngsters aged 15 to 18 years.
The group included the following:
- Mr Velupillai Raveendran (Master-in-charge)
- Janidu Jayasekara
- Dulina Herath
- Pavara Rambukwella
- Lukman Hassan
- Adithya Dissanayaka
- Dinil Jayasuriya
- Dilmin Bandaranayaka
- Gesith Epa
The Model United Nations Club has grown to the level of other prevailing clubs in the school within few years of its inception. While actively participating in local MUN conferences, this year the club took a step ahead and moved into the international level of Model United Nations and we hope to engage in many other events in the future.
Review by Dinil Jayasuriya (member of the Model United Nations Club)