For three days, delegates representing Afghanistan to Zimbabwe gathered at Lady Eleanor Holles School to debate the serious problems of the world this generation faces. This, of course, is all in good humour and the purpose of the conference is to improve the debating skills of the students taking part as well as increase their general knowledge and have an enjoyable time. You may have heard of Model United Nations, but what does it actually involve?

Pupils from secondary schools all around England gather to represent different United Nations countries and debate certain topics according to that country's policy and opinions. Before the conference, students are assigned the country and committee they are to represent, and are given a variety of issues. They must then research the topic and how the country would be most likely to react at the real United Nations.

Some of the problems debated at LEHMUN include the Rohingyan genocide and mental health. In order to solve these problems, delegates have the opportunity to write propositions or ‘resolutions’ as they are referred to, according to the real UN regulations. These resolutions will detail the facts of the topic, as well as the method the UN would go about to solve it. Often this can produce interesting results, such as North Korea proposing to elect Kim Jong-Un God-Emperor of the world, or Syria proposing to build a giant wall around President Donald Trump. When it comes to the event itself, delegates will passionately yet civilly debate the clauses of the resolution and their country’s view. At LEH, this was certainly the case as delegates confidently argued and debated for 14 hours over the course of three days.  Much was produced, as the Security Council was reformed, the Yemeni crisis solved, and many other solutions to the problems presented.

Overall, after much debate, the conference was an absolute success.

By Ben Green, Hampton School