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Rego Attends Model United Nations (MUN)

December, 2009
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Every November for the past five years, a mock United Nations conference has been held in Singapore with over a thousand students participating. Once again, Shanghai Rego International School (Rego) sent their own delegation, this year representing South Africa and the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to discuss important issues on the theme of sustainable development. Representing South Africa were Miles Horton, Max Voegtli, Malou Brantjes, Jina Hong, Eric Chang and Clair Kilmuray; while Haroona Naz, Philip Foehn and Tara Hodreal went to support the positions of the OCHA.

The issues, ranging from dealing with external debt to security in Afghanistan, were split into different committees, many with more than a hundred delegates who tried to give their voice in an ever more challenging World. Our delegates’ mission was to stand up and speak for not only South Africa’s interests, but those of Africa as a whole and even for all future generations.

They fought against climate change, poverty and war, but most importantly promoted international security.

However, it was not all serious business; for instance, the delegate of Sweden became infamous for singing, while Chad declared war on Canada. Generally, though, MUN debates are serious and follow the official procedures of the UN. It was quite a change only being allowed to talk in the third person, and being prevented from using direct dialogue was sometimes difficult.

Some of the Rego students thought the greatest benefit was that it opened their mind to world issues and gave them a new perspective. Others enjoyed the networking that plays a vital part in diplomacy and making new friends. 

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