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SIM GE Hosts Sixth Edition Of UNASMUN

Delegates pictured at the conference. (Photo Credit: UNASMUN Facebook)

Delegates pictured at the conference. (Photo Credit: UNASMUN Facebook)
Delegates pictured at the conference. (Photo Credit: UNASMUN Facebook)

Over 670 delegates from more than 55 schools across Singapore gathered at SIM Global Education (SIM GE) for the sixth edition of the United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations (UNASMUN) preparatory conference on 16 December 2016. This is the fourth year that SIM has hosted the event which is officially powered by the National Youth Council, under the National Youth Fund.

Held over four days in December, the UNASMUN preparatory conference equips students with the basic knowledge of the MUN. During this conference, students will play the role of delegates from different countries as they attempt to solve global issues. They will also get to hear from esteemed speakers from the civil society who will share their expertise and experience on different issues.

Delegates pictured at the conference. (Photo Credit: UNASMUN Facebook)

The opening ceremony was graced by Guest-of-Honour, His Excellency, Ambassador Karsten Warnecke, Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation. Also gracing the event was Stephen Quick, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore. They fielded questions from delegates on topics such as Brexit and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

In his welcome address, SIM GE Chief Executive Officer Lee Kwok Cheong highlighted the importance of instilling a “fundamental understanding of the world” and “fundamental goodwill towards each other” from a young age.

“The fact that we have almost 670 students gathering together and working together over the next few days, I hope it will help all of you to get a better understanding of each other and a better understanding of the world,” he said.

He also shared SIM’s goal of equipping students to be global-ready through a multicultural learning environment and diverse campus life. Similarly, he hoped that the conference would arm participants to be global-ready.

After four days of lively debate sessions, the conference came to a close with a celebratory dinner and dance.

Sharing her thoughts on the event was Eunice Teo, SIM-University of London, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Politics student.

"I find it very fascinating to see students as young as 15 debating on global issues that are usually discussed by experienced policymakers,” she said.

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Posted online 28 December 2016