This was my first ever MUN conference, and since I was the ambassador for North Korea, it was certainly going to be a baptism of fire. So it was with excitement, enthusiasm and a healthy dash of trepidation that I boarded the train on Friday morning along with 18 other Salopians. The journey provided a much-needed opportunity to do some last-minute preparation and write our resolutions, and four and a half hours flew by before we were in Edinburgh. The conference began with a lobbying session in our committees, where we had to try and gain support for our resolutions. Then it was back to the hotel for an early night in preparation for the long day ahead.
On Saturday we were back in our committees again, now debating the resolutions that had been successfully lobbied the evening before. I was in the Political committee, where the debates covered issues such as internet security and corruption – difficult subjects when you’re representing the world’s most repressive and corrupt regime! It was a challenging experience but very rewarding, as it forced me to take on a completely different viewpoint and to consider global issues from a new perspective. After a quick trip back to the hotel we returned in the evening for the Ceilidh, which involved some very energetic Scottish dancing. The Salopian contingent was as enthusiastic as ever and it was with tired bodies and sore feet that we fell into bed that night.
Sunday began with a few more hours in our committees before I joined the rest of my delegation in the General Assembly. North Korea was a half-delegation, which meant that six delegates were from Shrewsbury and six were from another school, so it was good for us to work with and learn from some more experienced MUNers. Then after lunch we debated a simulated world emergency which involved the unsuccessful launching of a satellite by – fortunately for us – North Korea. We managed to spin the situation in a way that would have made Kim Jong-Un proud, arguing that it was a Western conspiracy against the peace-loving Korean people, but with 50 delegations all vying for a say it was difficult to get our voice heard. Finally we had a chance to put forward our views, and as ambassador I was responsible for speaking – in front of 600 people. It was nerve-wracking but strangely fun, and I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed myself. Then, before we knew it, it was over; the awards were handed out, we said our goodbyes and I was back on the train for a long-coveted sleep. The weekend was exhausting but exhilerating and we all really enjoyed the conference - we upper sixth only wish it hadn’t been our last!
Please also see Huw Peach's report on the Edinburgh conference, and details of the 10 awards that our team members came away with: Ten awards at MUN Edinburgh