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PAMUN

 

The LFA has a passionate PAMUN club that meets every Friday and also participates in all the inter-school meetings, as well as the annual MUN Conference at the United Nations in Paris. But what exactly is MUN?

MUN (Model United Nations) is an authentic simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and its Committees, which catapults students into the world of diplomacy and negotiation. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of UN member states, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe to debate the current issues. The students, better known as delegates in Model UN, prepare positions and speeches, plot strategies, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, debate and seek to resolve conflicts, while navigating the UN complex “rules of procedure” – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect almost every country on Earth.

The benefits of this learning experience are tremendous, as students are encouraged to develop skills that will be useful to them throughout their lives: researching and analyzing, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, cooperation and compromise, leadership, etc.

While PAMUN (Paris Model United Nations) offers students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding the issues debated as well as the complex processes in an international body such as the United Nations, it is aimed first and foremost as an educational experience for the students, in which they are invited to develop two important human skills: listening for comprehension and not for controversy, and keeping an open mind.  Our hope is that students participating in PAMUN will experience the thrill of debating and the joy of finding solutions, while experiencing firsthand the power and the limitations of a multilateral organization like the United Nations, and that they will come away with a better grasp of its purpose and potential both today and in the future.

 

For more details see the PAMUN website: http://asparis.net/pamun/

This year, MUN participants from LFA will take part in INDMUN in St Germain en Laye, in ILYMUN in Lyon and of course in PAMUN in Paris.


The 2013 PAMUN conference was a resounding success for the Lycée Franco-Allemand MUN Club.   Our delegation received five honorable mention delegate citations and one best delegate award during the closing ceremony.  Out of the 850 student delegates present, only approximately 40 student delegates received recognition for their outstanding participation.  The LFA delegation gained more overall recognition than any of the other 65 schools from around the world attending the conference.

The delegates thus honored are listed below:

Matilda Medard, TSIA: Best delegate- ECOSOC Committee

Hadrien Bezombes, TSIA: Honorable Mention- Special Conference

Ridley Campbell,1SIA: Honorable Mention- Disarmament Committee

Christopher Hemon, TSIA : Honorable Mention- International Court of Justice

Alex Laval,1SIA : Honorable Mention- Special Conference

Nicolas Vandame,TSIA :Honorable Mention- Human Rights Panel

The rest of the LFA delegation participated actively and with perspicuity.  These delegates included:   Liyang Sun TSMP, Kieran Janin 1SIA, Hugo Bezombes 1SIA, Angharad Downes 2SIA, Lucie Albagnac-Ricard 1SIA, Anastasia Panich TSIA, Camille Oung TSIA, Clara Haas TSIA, and Gautier Lescar 1SIA.

Our delegation of 15 students represented the countries of Denmark, Thailand, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in simulations of UN debates on such issues as the question of International response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the dispute over Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay), the question of micro-financing in LEDCs, measures to reduce food insecurity in LEDCs, promoting LGBT rights, measures to expedite the state reconstruction of Afghanistan, the question of strengthening the Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC), and measures to curb the illegal use of child soldiers.

The success of the club members at the 2013 PAMUN conference reflects the quality of their bi-monthly meetings during which all of the 40 club members contribute to the debates which promote the development of critical thinking and public speaking skills.  And they also have fun!