The General Assembly Hall at UNESCO; L-R: Amelia Woodruff, Guy Cabral, Henry Dashwood, Sam Ansloos, Toby Harvey-Scholes, Stephen Chandler
The Paris MUN is a huge international conference involving 900 delegates from 65 schools, 25 countries and 4 continents. It is brilliantly organized by the American School in Paris and takes place every year in the UNESCO building, not far from the Eiffel Tower and the École Militaire.
This year from December 6-9th 2012 six Salopians took part in this prestigious event, and for the first time we represented a P-5 nation in the Security Council.
If you are an MUN delegate discussing how to raise the living conditions of the bottom billion (the conference’s main theme), it helps if your country’s motto is ‘liberté, égalité and fraternité’. It is even more of an advantage if you are representing France in the French capital.
Debating with revolutionary zeal and energy, our stouthearted Salopian sextet plunged themselves into the thick of alliance-building and debate in their respective committees, fearlessly standing up for France’s ‘valeurs républicaines’ if ever the debate seemed to be moving in a non-free, unequal or non-fraternal direction.
As ever it was an exhausting and exhilarating 4 days; debating debt forgiveness in the halls of UNESCO during the day and giving the MUN budget a merciless hammering in Parisian restaurants in the evening; discussing the economic development of indigenous peoples during the day and joining in with rousing renditions of traditional French songs in Nos Ancêtres les Gaulois at night.
Notwithstanding all the debating, the meeting and greeting (or ‘schweffing’ as Salopians still call it), the sightseeing, the exhausting pounding of shoe leather, the dancing in Duplex night club and even the dancing with buskers on the Champs Elysées (!), our ‘enfants de la patrie’ still managed to bring back an impressive haul of awards.
Sam Ansloos, who led the team, worked energetically and with thespian flair from the outset and it was no surprise to me that he was named BEST DELEGATE in his committee for the second year running. Henry Dashwood, now quite a veteran at MUN, was named BEST DELEGATE in the highly competitive Security Council after getting a no-fly zone clause through into the resolution on Syria. And Amelia Woodruff was named BEST DELEGATE in her massive committee of nearly 200 delegates. This was an extraordinary achievement as it was her first ever MUN, and she is the first girl in Shrewsbury School MUN history to get a top award. In addition Stephen Chandler, whose fluent French made him a hit with a number of the French delegates, won an Honourable Mention in the Human Rights committee and Guy Cabral, despite being much younger than the majority of the delegates, also received an Honourable Mention for resolutely defending France’s policies on the use of drones in the enormous Disarmament committee. All in all, it was a great performance, and all 6 of them did the school proud.
We now look forward to the Edinburgh MUN (15-17th March, 2013), the Magdalen College School MUN in Oxford (22-24th March, 2013) and the Manchester Grammar School MUN (June 2013)
Sam Ansloos (U, G) (Ambassador) ECOSOC
Henry Dashwood (L, SH) Security Council
Toby Harvey-Scholes (L, R) – Special Committee on HIV/AIDS
Stephen Chandler (L, Rb) – Human Rights
Amelia Woodruff (L, MSH) – United Nations Development Programme
Guy Cabral (4, Ch) – Disarmament