Canterbury Competes at KnightMUN Conference

Twenty students represented Canterbury at the University of Central Florida’s Model United Nations Conference on October 26-28, 2018. Our students performed well with six of them honored with top awards.
Simrun V. ’19 represented Belgium in the United Nations Human Rights Committee. She debated the topic of artificial intelligence and whether they should be granted the same rights as humans. Simrun led a paper that encouraged the education of AI in underdeveloped nations and encouraged regulations on AI development that passed unanimously. She received the Best Delegate (first place) award for all her efforts.

Colton S. ’19 represented Luxembourg in the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). He was tasked with finding ways to transition industrial nations into green economies using renewable energy. Colton led a bloc that covered topics such as improving transportation, researching renewable energy, and managing waste more efficiently. Colton was on the author’s panel and passed his paper in tandem with two other papers. For his efforts, Colton received an Outstanding award (second place). Great work, Colton!

Jamie G. ’20 represented Pakistan in the World Health Organization. She led the discussion of world tobacco control and debated the social implications, public health, and raising taxes to incentivize people to stop smoking. Jamie led a bloc and sponsored a multifaceted resolution focussing on educating the public on the dangers of smoking, taxation on tobacco products, and enforcement of these policies. Jamie won an Outstanding Award (second place) for her efforts in committee.

Emma M. ’20 represented Michael Moore in the US Senate. She led the democratic party’s discussions on healthcare and gun reform passing two successful bills on both topics. As a senator, she worked to disband the electoral college in her crisis notes so that the presidential elections would be done by popular vote. Emma won an Honorable Delegate Award (third place) for her efforts in committee.

Myesha C. ’19 represented Pakistan in the United Nations Human Rights Council. Myesha worked to promote her LEARN plan and lead a bloc of like-minded delegates about the future of artificial intelligence. She was on the author's panel in her committee and her resolution paper passed unanimously. Myesha received a Verbal Commendation for her efforts.

Maya C. ’22 represented Luxembourg in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian (SOCHUM) committee. She was tasked with debating genocide and human trafficking, to which she formed a block with Nigeria, Philippines, Suriname, and Turkey. This bloc covered topics such as documentation, legislation, and rehabilitation of women along with education about sex trafficking. Maya debated diligently, was on the author’s panel and received a Verbal Commendation for her efforts. Great work, Maya!

Mia A. ’22 represented Mozambique in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian (SOCHUM) committee. She debated diligently on the topics of human trafficking and the deliberate killing of girls when they are born for the purpose of a skewed population. Mia was a prominent sponsor in her bloc and spoke on the author's panel for her contributions to the paper. Her ideas included the topics of education and raising awareness of the issue through social media mass campaigns.

Isaiah A. ’22 represented Pakistan in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He worked on increasing access to atomic energy and its effect on the environment. Isaiah helped with the ideas on a resolution paper that focused on the peaceful use of atomic energy, funding, and safety for these energy sources. Great job, Isaiah!

Daniel Z. ’22 represented Luxembourg in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He spoke about funding for the buildings of nuclear power plants and the effect of these power plants and atomic energy as a whole on the environment. Daniel helped to write a resolution paper that focuses on the regulations of atomic energy and education of safety procedures. Good work, Daniel!

Brenda Z. ’22 represented Belgium in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian (SOCHUM) committee. She was tasked with debating genocide and human trafficking, she was a part of a block alongside countries such as Luxembourg, Nigeria, Philippines, and Suriname. She wrote clauses about educating law enforcement officers and the eradication of sexual harassment in the workplace. Great work, Brenda!

David G. ’22 represented Pakistan in the UN Peacekeeping committee. He was tasked with reforming peacekeeping ideals and was part of a bloc alongside India, Japan, and the United States. On this paper, David contributed the idea of implementing fundraising guidelines for other countries. Great work, David!

Jay C. ’21 represented Jimmy E. Carter (Lieutenant of the Navy) in AD HOC. Jay debated what to do with a new type of metal found around Area 51 and later dealt with an alien invasion in which American cows were abducted. Jay passed multiple crucial directors that created alliances between important branches of the military and people in his committee. Later, Jay was impeached and reinstated as Haughton, a representative of a military organization where he designed different alien-fighting warships. Great job, Jay!  

Jacob L. ’20 was the Commander of the Northern Army for Korea (Joseon) in the 16th century in the Imjin War committee. As commander, he worked to fight off the Japanese invasions with a series of bills to build fortifications on the peninsula. Jacob additionally attempted to pass a peace bill for the Chinese (Ming), Netherlands, and Japanese wars, respectively. In the end, Jacob’s character was brutally murdered.

Trevin S. ’20 represented a Labour MP from Edinburgh South in the British House of Commons. He was active in the debate of several topics including Brexit, National Health Service, Foreign Policy, and Economic Policy. He sponsored multiple bills on the topics of Brexit and National Health Service. After PM Jeremy Corbyn was voted out with a motion of no confidence, Trevin worked with other Labour MPs on an election campaign. Great job, Trevin!

Auston B. ’20 represented Glasgow Central as a member of the Scottish National Party in the British House of Commons. In his time within the committee, he created a multitude of bills with his fellow members of the parliament. These bills include a bill that explains how Britain will transition into Brexit and another bill that attempts to solve the problems with NHS (National Health Service). Good job, Auston!

Emily D. ’21 represented Pakistan in the United Nations Environmental Programme. Emily worked to specifically debate common environmental crises such as carbon emissions, land degradation, and water pollution. These topics were able to come together through education and implementation in tandem through three working papers that were all passed. Emily also had her ideas implemented in the author's panel. Great job, Emily!

Lema A. ’20  represented the delegation of Pakistan in SOCHUM and discussed dire situations such as human trafficking and violence on women. Lema led her own bloc and passed a resolution that discussed various ideas she presented to the committee, including micro-financing, the “Buddy System”, and mobile education units. Amazing job, Lema!

Justin B. ’20 represented the Kingdom of Belgium in the United Nations Environmental Programme. He debated the topic of green economies and made it on a resolution as a sponsor. Furthermore, he was on author’s panel for this resolution. Justin’s resolution, or the LIMES paper, was passed after stimulating and thoughtful debate. Great work, Justin!

Austin S. ’21 represented Mozambique in the United Nations Environmental Programme. Austin was a member of a bloc that wrote a draft resolution called the GREEN paper to encourage countries to take measures to reduce their carbon emissions, introduce clean renewable energy sources into their economy, and provide aid to developing countries so that the developing countries could build their growing economies to be green from the ground up. Austin was a sponsor on this paper and represented it on author’s panel. His paper was successfully passed. Good work, Austin!

Lauren L. ’23 represented Mozambique in International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA). She was tasked with finding ways to improve the spread of nuclear energy. She worked in a block alongside Morocco, Cameroon, Turkey, and Sierra Leone, and contributed the idea of carbon taxes on countries that exceed emission guidelines. Great work, Lauren!

Special thanks to Mr. Navin Sawalani and Mr. Yves Meillarec for chaperoning the trip!