Wycombe Abbey Girls Excel as International Diplomats

Girls from Wycombe Abbey have won a number of awards recognising their contributions to a special conference simulating the work of the United Nations.

The pupils were presented with a Highly Commended Delegation Award during the event's closing ceremony, beating sixty-two other teams to one of the prestigious prizes.

The pupils had the opportunity to sample life as a diplomat for a day, representing the policies of Denmark and Chile in a range of international forums including the Human Rights Council and the United Nations General Assembly.

Four Wycombe Abbey pupils also won Highly Commended Delegate Awards, which are given to participants who particularly excel in the diplomatic simulation.

The girls lobbied for support for their solutions to a range of international problems including the military use of drones, living conditions in slum communities, the rights of indigenous peoples and preserving biodiversity.

Emma, Eva, Kelly and Flora all received individual prizes presented by the conference Secretary-General.

Dr Goddard, who runs the Model United Nations team, commented: “The girls did tremendously well to achieve such a large number of awards. Throughout the day, they were at the centre of debate, rapidly identifying the strengths and weaknesses in the policy choices they faced and ably persuading other delegates of their case”.

The event was hosted by Reigate Grammar School.