Wycombe Abbey guests of United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Model United Nations (MUN) at Wycombe Abbey has been busy recently with School hosting WASAMUN, our annual international affairs conference, followed by a school delegation heading out to New York City for NHSMUN.

Over 250 young people from across the country attended Wycombe Abbey’s annual conference, WASAMUN. The three-day event simulated the debate of a range of political and diplomatic forums, including the United States Senate, the Arctic Council and the United Nations Security Council. Amongst the pressing international problems debated were the impact of populism; the rights of women during armed conflict and post-conflict situations; and building resilience to climate-related hazards.Our version of the United Nations Security Council considered a crisis situation in Asia, engaging with some of the most pressing global threats and current scholarly debates in the field of security studies. Debate centred around the national sovereignty, the responsibility of states to protect their citizens from grave human rights abuses, and moral and legal questions regarding the use of force. The scenario was fast paced and challenging, requiring delegates to build relationships, develop consensus and make decisions under time pressure. The conference also included time to relax, with a number of social events including a formal black-tie dinner on the Friday night and a ceilidh on the Saturday.

This week, a Wycombe Abbey delegation are attending NHSMUN, America’s flagship MUN conference in NYC, to engage with students from over 300 schools across 80 different countries. The girls visited United Headquarters in New York City and were inspired by discussion of UN reform, female empowerment and leadership at a Q&A session with UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed:

Wycombe Senior, Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh (Circle 204) is the United Arab Emirates Permanent Representative to the United Nations and President of UN Women. Lana hosted the girls in a special meeting on UAE foreign policy, the importance of multilateralism, and championing women and youth.  Thank you to Lana for an inspiring meeting.

Over 150 girls participate in Wycombe Abbey’s Model United Nations programme, which is one of the largest of its type in the country.