MUN Conference: UVI Students Head to Prague - Hurstpierpoint College

MUN Conference: UVI Students Head to Prague

Before heading to Prague, some of the UVI team recently visited the French Embassy where they had an extremely engaging conversation with a diplomat who had been formerly stationed in Israel. They are now a specialist on Africa and the Middle East and were able to give our students a much better understanding of France’s position on many global issues prior to the next round of the MUN.

Early on Wednesday morning, the MUN team to catch a flight to Prague. After taking the morning to explore the picturesque city on their first day, the team enjoyed a guided tour of the Old Town, with its iconic gothic churches and monuments. They learned much about the history of the capital, and walking through the Jewish Quarter—where synagogues and graveyards from WWII still stand—was a particularly impactful experience.

The following day marked the official start of the conference, and the team soon threw themselves into proceedings. What followed was eight hours of resolution writing, careful negotiating, and intense debate. A wide variety of issues were discussed, ranging from the ethics of AI use to the environmental impact of international events and the question of ensuring the provision of food supplies in conflict zones.

On the penultimate day, the team took a trip to Prague Castle; the largest castle complex in the world. At the centre stands St. Vitas Cathedral, a truly stunning sight, from which the entire city can be seen. That evening also marked the end of the MUN committee stage, with some Hurst resolutions making it into the General Assembly the following day. Standing in front of hundreds, four Hurst speakers passionately defended, or attacked, other teams’ resolutions. The conference finally drew to a close with a traditional lesson in Czech dancing, followed by the MUN disco!

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Overall, the trip was a huge success, and a huge testament to how much the team has grown since their first trip. It could not have been a better send off for such an amazingly talented group of students. Mr Nash, Head of Politics, MUN and Debating