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Pearson College London at LIMUN 2019

Conner Maguire

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Pearson College London has a new United Nations debating society called, Model United Nations, where members are given the task of researching specific World issues, such as slavery, and coming up with resolutions to deal with issues based on their chosen country's stance on the matter. This allows students to gain a greater insight into varying perspectives of governments around the World.

What is LIMUN?

London International Model United Nations is an annual event held every February in London. Over 1500 University students debate within the role of several committees across 3 days. LIMUN sees delegates attend from Venezuela, the Philippines, Italy, Belgium, Poland, and many other nations all around the World, leading to the collaboration of individuals to tackle real life Global issues.

Students have to play the role of diplomatics, arguing on issues from a country's position, to formulate draft resolutions that would be passed by other delegates in their committee.
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With notable speakers including Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, LIMUN has a high prestigious status for its work.

Weekend Event

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Pearson College London had 9 representatives at the weekend event, of whom are studying across a range of courses highlighting how MUN is viable for anyone.

Friday involved the opening ceremony as well as workshops detailing the work of the United Nations and future career options for delegates. A short evening committee session allowed delegates to state their country's position and start to establish potential alliances.

LIMUN offered night-time socials, including pub crawls, walking tours and the night food market. This gave delegates the opportunity to socialise with incredibly interesting people from all different backgrounds, and understand why they have chosen to participate in LIMUN. The chance to form strong connections with people who are socially engaged in helping to develop a fairer World is fantasticly valuable for students.
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Saturday was the crucial day, and one where Pearson College London students made their mark. This was a day which involved nine hours of debating under the procedures of the United Nations. Delegates had to combine their knowledge of their country's stance on the issue at hand, with the knowledge of other nations' stances, to ensure they contributed to the final resolution which would be enacted upon. This sense of responsibility and representation of people can be new and daunting, yet it can feel empowering. The proud sense of representing something and some people that an individual is passionate about is truly incredible.

Francesca, pictured below, played a significant role in her committee: a testament to Pearson College London, Francesca's warmly, welcoming nature meant that delegates felt comfortable in approaching her to discuss their country's attitudes towards the draft resolution.

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Other PCL students played similar roles in their committees, whilst myself, as the developed nation of Italy, had the responsibility of speaking on the behalf of smaller nations, such as Ethiopia, to ensure their voices were heard.

With just 60 seconds of speaking time, delegates had to use tactics and collaboration with other delegates to ensure their collective messages were heard by the rest of the committee.The session was a fast-moving environment, with the potential for dramatic changes meaning delegates had to ensure they were prepared for all scenarios.

The day ended with a grand ball at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, a fantastic venue where once again delegates were able to socialise with their newly encompassed friends, as well as those more familiar.
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Sunday was where the pressure really increased, and with increased pressure the need for collaboration and understanding also increased. With two opposing sides in the committee, it was down to the skills of delegates to convince undecided members of the committee why their resolutions were most suited to solving the issue. Detailed discussions, where points were heavily scrutinised, meant that delegates had to show confident knowledge on the points they were stating, in order to gain support.

Extremely close to the end of the day, voting procedure for the resolutions started. All participants in their committees were successful in passing a majority-backed resolution, a huge achievement for all debutants. A grand closing ceremony took place where it was further emphasised the importance of the MUN in a time when the World may be burning bridges, rather than building and strengthening them.

Why LIMUN?

Model United Nations is the ideal opportunity to expand your skills and grow personally by putting delegates in a position out of their usual expectancy. With Model United Nations, there is no sole winner, rather it is the importance of negotiation, empathy, and active listening - raising the awareness that situations can be win-win, an incredibly important factor for the business world.

The opportunity to participate in debates on topics of keen importance to an individual further shows how beneficial these societites are as delegates can understand where the next developments on an issue may come from.

In an ever more connected World, LIMUN showcased how maturity and compromise is needed to ensure sustainability and equal opportunities for the World population. This idea of diplomacy was highlighted by awards given out in the closing ceremony for delegates which really stood out for their teamwork and collaboration with other delegates.

LIMUN possesses the incredible opportunity to improve upon your strength of public speaking and critical thinking.

With every delegate having the same impact on the overall outcome of decisions, it truly captivates how crucial it is to ensure every individual is involved in the decision process to get the most favourable outcome for everyone.

This translates over to the role of stakeholders in businesses, and how stakeholder mapping is crucial before decision making.
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More crucially, LIMUN is a fantastic opportunity for students to be bold and ambitious in their social activities, whilst forming fantastic friends and expanding their network. Other delegates recommended their internships abroad to me, highlighting how key information can be sought from these events.

Students should be honoured to participate in such an event, bolstering skills that will be crucial in their future lives.

Pearson College London at LIMUN 2019
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