We were delighted to welcome over 200 student delegates to our Model UN Conference on the Climate Emergency on Saturday 29th February 2020. Students from ten other schools, together with those from Highgate Wood School, took part in the day of debate and discussion that was magnificently facilitated by our sixth form students led by Issy Pountney, Dani Weiss, our (Co-Secretary Generals and Charlie Newbold, the conferences Director General.
Students from Alexandra Park School, Arts and Media School Islington, Bishop Douglass School, Chingford Foundation School, Fortismere School, Hornsey School for Girls, Mulberry School for Girls, Southgate School, St Aloysius RC College and Woodside High School worked together with those from Highgate Wood School to discuss climate change and its impact on our world. Representing countries from every corner of the world they argued their cases passionately and were effective in reaching compromise and agreements that led to powerful resolutions to which groups could agree.
We were delighted to welcome Catherine Mulhall, speaker for Greenpeace, Catherine West, Labour MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, and Patrick Cozier, Headteacher of Highgate Wood School who, together with our sixth form team to open the conference and set the tone for the work that followed. All of them are passionate advocates for action to tackle the issues around climate change. They also have a deep commitment towards education and the vital part it has to play in enabling the current generation of young people
prepare themselves for the challenges that the world is now facing.
The closing speech to the conference was delivered by our co-chair of Governors, Mark Harber, who was able to remind us that the sustainability work that we are conducting as a school is mirroring the actions we agree as a conference, to improve the health of our planet and the future of our societies.
We would like to express our gratitude to those who were involved in making the HWS Model UN Conference happen. Thanks must be give to Highgate Wood School PSA who provided both the funding and the staffing to help us cater for the day. Particular thanks are due to Lesley Muir, from the PSA, Elaine Martin, from the school’s admin team and Charlotte Angove from the teaching staff for their work on the day and Niall O’Connor who is now retired but who brought Model UN to Highgate Wood School more than a decade ago and made it an integral part of school life.
We also would like to thank the sixth formers who led and managed the committees so effectively, supporting and encouraging all those taking part – for many of whom this was their first Model UN Conference Experience.
Mulberry School for Girls were successful in being selected as having the best delegates on many of the committees and thus won the overall school competition. Credit, however, must be given to all participants for making the day extraordinary and inspirational.
Committee: UN Security Council
Director: Charlie Newbold
Chair 1: Rudy Berman
Committee: UNDRR (Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)
Director: Toby Wyckoff-Smith
Chair 1: Finley Reed
Chair 2: Maud Kovadloff
Committee: UNEP (UN Environment Programme)
Director: Ella Bullard
Chair 1: Sydney Aarons
Chair 2: Isabel Mathews
Committee: UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
Director: Jazvinder Kumar
Chair 1: Hope Selby
Chair 2: Thea Wilson
Director: Iola Elson
Chair 1: Maya Culverwell
Chair 2: Laurie Taylor
Committee: FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation)
Director: Amy Davis
Chair 1: Lois Fletcher-Wheeler
Chair 2: Vukasin Winrow
Committee: WHO (World Health Organisation)
Director: Sylvie Keen
Chair 1: Patrick Alwyn
Chair 2: Ruby Morgan
Committee: UNHCR (UN Human Rights Council)
Director: Caitlin Gillespie
Chair 1: Jack Wilkins
Chair 2: Alabama Crawley
Committee: UNIDO (UN International Development Org.)
Director: Maddy McBroom
Chair 1: Libby Fowler Guerin
Chair 2: Joe Bruce