The Canadian International Model UN Conference

Meadowridge students earn four awards.

Over the weekend, 16 Meadowridge students participated in the Canadian International Model UN (CAIMUN) Conference in downtown Vancouver, and they achieved some outstanding results. Head Delegates Sean B. (Grade 10) and Munsa K. (Grade 10) provided great leadership throughout the conference.

With close to 700 delegates at the conference, four Meadowridge students brought home individual awards!

Andries G. (Grade 8), in his very first Model UN conference, won Best Position Paper.

Sean B. (Grade 10) received Honourable Mention for his role in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee.

Derek S. (Grade 11) received the Outstanding Delegate Award for his work in the World Cities Summit.

Jeffrey G. (Grade 10) won Best Delegate—the highest award you can win—for his committee work in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.


What's the Model UN really like?

Confused by talk of committees, delegates, debates, and all-things Model UN? Find out from three of our awarded students what the Model UN is really like.



What's the Model UN really like?

Model United Nations entails many different things. It includes public speaking, diplomacy, research, and learning to work well with others. Model United Nations is a conference where hundreds to thousands of high school students attend to discuss real world problems. Inside committee sessions you must work with other countries, trying to compromise, in order to find the best resolution to the problem. Another important thing in MUN is developing friendships. After joining MUN one and half years ago, I have made many new friends.

What do you get up to day-by-day?

I did many different things. Each day, we had a total of three committee sessions which lasted up to three hours. Within these sessions, I discussed both topics in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee (APEC). Other than being in committee sessions, I spent time with my school friends and other students who I met at the conference. The most enjoyable time at the conference was meeting new people. In my opinion, Model United Nations leads to friendships that can last an entire lifetime.

What was your role in APEC?

In the APEC committee I represented the country of Brunei. My country's stance was very similar to western countries, such as Canada and the U.S. Being one who has represented larger countries, such as France, I wanted to challenge myself by being an "underdog". Within the committee, we discussed two topics: Building Human Capital through Human Labour, and Illegal Logging in Southeast Asia. As an "underdog", I believe that a lot people did not expect me to so engaged in debate, although I was the complete opposite. I tried to represent Brunei to the best of my ability, through fighting for sanctions, embracing extreme methods to conserve the environment, etc. Before the conference, there was a lot of research involved, especially being a smaller country. I had to read through article after article and read through 200 to 300 page reports. Overall, I was very fortunate to have won an award through my committee work.

What's your favourite thing bout Model UN?

My favourite thing about Model United Nations is the skills I achieve from it. Being one who had very poor public speaking skills when I first joined, I feel I have greatly improved. Before, I would be terrified of speaking in front of crowds and now I enjoy the challenge. But I am not perfect yet, so I will continue to work hard to improve my communication skills until I have mastered the art of public speaking.

What's next for you in Model UN?

Model United Nations has been a passion for me since I first joined. I currently, along with Munsa K., run the Model United Nations Club at our school. In the future, I hope to grow this club into one where all students are fully engaged in the program and are excited for diplomatic debate. For my personal achievements, I have started applying to be a director and chair for committees. Those are the people who manage the committees. My greatest aspiration is to one day join the secretariat team for a conference.




What's the Model UN really like?

Model UN is so much more than just representing a country and debating about world problems and crisis. Model UN is an opportunity to strengthen your public speaking skills and make new friends.

What do you get up to day-by-day?

The conference consists of multiple, three-hour committee sessions; during the sessions, the delegates divides up the problem or crisis at hand into smaller sections. Each delegate is then to debate on their country's view and stance on regarding that problem.

The things I enjoy the most during MUN is the feelings of excitement when presenting my country's stance in front of 80-something people. I also enjoy making new friends and building relations with ones around me.

What was your role in United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime?

In our committee we discussed about two separate topics: problems regarding drug trafficking in Latin America and human injustice. My role for the conference was to represent Spain as a delegate debating Spain's view of these two topics.

I debated on the legalization of drugs; Spain is for legalization of drugs, while the majority of the countries are against it. For Human Injustice, Spain is against capital punishment, while on the other hand some other countries are for.

What's your favourite thing bout Model UN?

t's hard to define that one I like the most about MUN. Two things that I like the best about MUN is meeting new people and the excitement of debate.

At the last conference I attended, I made friends with people from all over Vancouver, and also made friends with a fellow delegate from Miami. The dinner and lunch discussions that I have with other students is engaging and very interesting.

As for debate, when I stand up in front the whole committee and present my ideas, the feeling of excitement is very suspenseful; however, the feeling of accomplishment when I win the debate is ever-so satisfying.

What's next for you in Model UN?

I wish to continue my journey in MUN, achieving more awards in conferences while representing Meadowridge as a delegate. On the other hand, I would also like to help other MUN members of the school to being better delegates.




What's the Model UN really like?

Model UN, to me, is a way to have fun with my friends for a full weekend in downtown Vancouver, while learning to express my personal views on things like current events, diplomacy, and international relations through public speaking.

What do you get up to day-by-day?

This year I decided to join the World Cities Summit because I thought it was a unique committee out of the various choices I had. We spent an average of about nine hours in committee session debating every day. I know this sounds tediously long but I assure you, time really does fly by if you're having fun. During these sessions, we had both heated debate on various policies and a general consensus on others... though sometimes this proved difficult when everybody is exhausted from only four hours of sleep. While I thoroughly enjoyed our committee sessions, I think that another big part of what makes Model UN so enjoyable is exploring downtown with friends. I must confess after my weekend downtown, I think my friend, Maihur, and I gained a few extra pounds. These are only some of the memories that I cherish and there are so many others that I have not mentioned that makes this such a memorable experience.

What was your role in United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime?

In I participated in the World Cities Summit as the delegate of Warsaw. Before I attended the conference, it was crucial that I did a ton of research to solidify my knowledge on the stance of my city in both international and domestic relations. This enabled me to have the proper background knowledge to not only propose meaningful propositions, but make constructive rebuttals too. At the World Cities Summit, we focused primarily on two main topics; topic A being "livability and sustainability" and topic B being "urban crime in cities". These two topics enabled us to explore the many challenges that global hubs face under the constant pressure of modern urbanization.

What's your favourite thing bout Model UN?

Honestly, there are so many things that I love about Model UN so it is really hard to narrow it down to one thing. But I'll try. I think that the people that attend the conference are always amazing. Making new friends at conferences is always enjoyable. Another thing that I really love about Model UN would have to be spending time with my friends walking around downtown during our breaks. Spending two nights in a luxury hotel downtown isn't something we do often so it is always exciting.

What's next for you in Model UN?

I think that CAIMUN 2017 may signify the end of a journey for me. My future plans are to continue to help out with the CAS club to help mentor up and coming delegates of Meadowridge School. I want to make sure that they will have as enjoyable of an experience as I had during my time at conferences.