Wycombe Abbey girls win top prize at the St Andrew’s International Model United Nations Conference

The Easter holidays got off to an excellent start for 14 pupils who travelled to Dublin to attend St Andrew’s International Model United Nations Conference (SAIMUN). SAIMUN is one of the biggest conferences in the Model United Nations calendar, with over 800 young people from across the world participating in the five day event. Wycombe Abbey was one of only three British schools represented.

The Conference simulated the diplomacy of the United Nations, recreating international forums such as the Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly and the International Court of Justice.

The girls drafted resolutions to a range of global problems. These included combatting the global trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals, developing economic resilience to natural disasters and the impact of Brexit on the Republic of Ireland.

Despite strong competition from 98 teams, the Wycombe Abbey team won the Outstanding Delegation Award, which was presented during the Conference’s closing ceremony. Six Wycombe Abbey girls were also considered the best in their committees, winning Distinguished Delegate Awards.

The trip wasn’t all about diplomacy, the girls also had the opportunity to explore Irish art, history, music and dancing during a series of cultural events.