Our team of Model UN students has returned from Boston with insights into the workings of the United Nations.
Twenty-one SAC students attended the four-day Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) conference, January 25 to 28. They were among 3,300 high school delegates from 50 countries in attendance, making up the largest HMUN in its 65-year history.
HMUN is an international relations simulation for high school students held annually in downtown Boston.
Michael Kurp, a grade 12 SAC student who attended, said schools are assigned at least one country and students play roles of ambassadors in various conferences, including Disarmament and International Security, the World Health Organization, and Drugs and Crime.
“SAC delegates represented either Spain or Israel,” Michael explained. “My partner, Allen Hu, and I represented Spain on the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs. The task of our committee was to amend the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.”
The goal was to produce a resolution that advanced their country’s interests on the issue.
According to the HMUN, students learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community, while also learning about the powers and limitations of international negotiation.
The SAC boys accomplished this through a combination of public speaking, networking, and negotiation with other delegates.
SAC’s Chris Yi participated on the Special Committee on Reform of the United Nations, and received an Honorable Mention for his efforts.
While in Boston, the boys also visited historical attractions.“Our first morning, we went on a short walking tour of Boston visiting the Holocaust Memorial, several historical areas such as the Green Dragon Tavern and had lunch at a market. After, a friend of SAC alumni Chris Egi ’14 took us on a tour of Harvard University,” Michael said.