Twenty students traveled to Paris last weekend for the annual Paris Model United Nations (PAMUN) conference.
As usual, hundreds of international students from France to Dubai to Cameroon (and many countries in between) attended, all rocking some kick-ass business attire. Our students had prepared during weekly meetings leading up to the event, and were excited to display their debating skills and sightsee in the City of Love.
As a response to current fear surrounding attacks, wars and weather swings, the motto of the conference was “seeking to action global responsibilities.” Pressing questions were presented in all committees, with discussions about refugees, terrorist organizations, privacy online, climate change and even the usefulness of the UN. The General Assembly wrapped up the conference on Monday, with a debate on corruption in aid.
The ZIS delegates, who represented China and Italy, were preeminent in the debates, and were reported to be one of the most prepared schools. This dominance was displayed in the awards ceremony, with Sam Reza (‘19), Brennan Bates (‘19) and Eshaan Agrawal (‘19) winning best delegate in their committees. Max Stroemer (‘19) also received an honorary mention.
After a large amount of quality debate, inappropriate note-passing and group bonding at the unfortunately-named restaurant “Le Coq,” the students returned to Zurich on Monday in high spirits. Some Paris delegates are also preparing for MUN Basel in January; apparently a 3-day conference wasn’t enough.
Written by Caitlin Fowlds (‘17)
Photography by Magdalena Klett (‘17)