Cohesion, solidarity emphasized at KAMUN 2021

The King’s Academy Model United Nations (KAMUN 2021) conference took place virtually this year from March 25 to 27 with over 200 local and international delegates including 34 delegates from eight local schools and 55 delegates from schools in Australia, India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Some 116 students from King’s Academy participated in KAMUN 2021, either as secretariat members, organizers or delegates, including 16 Middle School delegates.

This conference was held under the theme “Cohesion in Crisis.” According to Secretary General Ali Abu Ghosh ’21, with all of the uncertainty of the past year due to the pandemic, the secretariat wanted to emphasize that by working together as one cohesive unit they can overcome any barriers imposed upon them.

During the conference, the committees leading the 15 forums strived to diversify their debates and included more forums, such as the Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, to appeal to a breadth of interests. They also included a United Kingdom-style House of Commons at which delegates had to develop their own debate structure different to the typical MUN style.

The conference provided an impressive line-up of guest speakers to address delegates. On the first day, Jordanian Youth Advocate Ahmad Al-Hendawi told delegates about his work as the first ever UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth working on international youth issues. As part of delegates' participation in the Model United Nations Refugee Challenge, KAMUN 2021 hosted guest speakers UNHCR Jordan Representative Dominik Bartsch and Senior Development Officer Fiona Allen for a discussion on issues related to refugees.

During the closing ceremony, American writer, activist and political commentator Phyllis Bennis told delegates about her work as an advocate for Palestinian rights. Bennis has been a key figure in the academic study of the United Nations, Israel-Palestine, and the Middle East.

“For the first time, we can truthfully say that our conference was unlike any other,” says Abu Ghosh. “Virtual MUN was an unexpected change, but our team can be proud of what they put together. Through this virtual format, KAMUN became more international, more diverse and more accessible.” 

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