UNIS Model United Nations XI

Model United Nations is an opportunity for young people to practice the diplomatic and critical thinking skills of the United Nations. We will be hosting over 400 students and their MUN directors from 20 schools including UNIS for a three day conference starting on Thursday February 28.

The conference is student organised. The student leadership starts in April to prepare for the conference the following March. The first item on the agenda is choosing a theme that had depth and will be of interest to the delegates who attend. This year our theme is Development and Technology. The delegates will be looking at issues on automation, transnational crime, freedom of the press, responsible extraction of natural resources, international standards on eco labeling to name just a few. The full list of issues on the agenda is available here. Each committee room as well as the opening and closing ceremonies is entirely run by the student leadership team. They are supported by Ms. Giang Dang as the MUN Conference Coordinator who takes care of the logistics of the visiting schools.

The first day of the conference the students who represent the countries of the UN will work together to find common solutions which they will craft into resolutions. This involves collaboration, empathy, and a willingness to compromise to find solutions that will address some of the largest issues that the world faces. On day 2 and 3 the students will debate these issues  in committee and finish with a plenary session where the resolutions that have passed in committee are debated by the General Assembly. The delegates have been working preparing research on their country and policies for months.

We will also have the honor of having Mr.Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator and Mr. Kyle Kelhofer IVC Country Manager to provide some real world advice on some of the issues on the agenda.

Although we have limited space it is possible to come and sit in and listen to some of the debate. There will be signs posted around campus on the committee rooms. If you need directions please just look for the Admin Staff. They will be dressed with red ties and can answer any questions that you have about where to go to find committee rooms.

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THIMUN 2018 . . . In Their Own Words

The students who attended the THIMUN Conference this year were asked to describe the conference in their own words. Here is a selection of the comments that they made.

Vi Nguyen
For me, THIMUN wasn’t just a formal debate, but it was also an opportunity to make friends across the globe. I started from not wanting to raise my placard at all to raising it after every questions asked by the chair. A highlight of my committee is definitely when Mexico tried to legalized drugs as a solution to organized crime; that was definitely the most controversial debate I’ve ever participated in.

Shin Young Kim
THIMUN has always been an event I would look forward to, and each year, it does not disappoint.

In THIMUN we have the opportunities to meet new amazing people, and further develop our public speaking, leadership, and critical thinking skills.

If you truly do love MUN and debate, THIMUN is an incredible chance that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Tiffany Cheng
THIMUN has been a memorable experience, having made new friends from the conference and was given the chance to take part in some fruitful debates. I not only enjoyed the intense debate we had in my committee, I also liked the free time we had every evening.

Hanbee Seo
This trip has allowed me to improve as a delegate through collaborating with other delegates and discussing the different methods to solve certain issues. Thus, this trip helped me to stand out of the comfort zone where I could socialise further with more diverse communities.

Thuy An Le
THIMUN provided me with an opportunity not only to meet and connect with people from various cultures and nationalities, but also to debate and to work together with them to propose solutions to real world problems. As such, the highlight of THIMUN for me would definitely be the people: the intelligent, admirable individuals that I got to work with and learn from.

Ha Nguyen
I like THIMUN! It has given me a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and speak up in front of a full auditorium of people. I learned so many things, more than I could ever thought of. I will use this experiment to continue developing my skills for the upcoming UNIS MUN and other MUN conferences in the future.

Bao Chau Nguyen
THIMUN was a difficult yet rewarding experience that you just simply can’t forget. From the long hours of actively listening to debates and trying to pick out details from everyone’s speech to actually standing up on the podium to speak, even if you are allowed to speak for a certain number of times. It is all worth it in the end to see people actually cooperate and agree with each other’s stances on the topic, even though half the time we were always at each other’s necks.

Kiet Nguyen
THIMUN Singapore 2018 was an unforgettable experience; especially the Black Friday. It was my first ever MUN conference so at the beginning I was very nervous about being roasted by other delegates but however, that never happens. I had a fun time coming up with solutions to world issues and debating with students from everywhere in the world. One of the best thing at THIMUN was the Instagram page (@thimundane) filled with interesting memes and kept the energy up for the whole week of debate. Despite having a lot of threats on legalizing prostitution, overall the experience was remarkable and I will never forget this year’s THIMUN Singapore.

Miki Takechi
The highlight of THIMUN was cooperating with students from all over Asia in order to create a substantial resolution to serious issues humanity face today. Through this experience I learnt how to effectively answer challenging POIs (Points of Information)  on the spot and my debating skills improved so much more. Furthermore, the friendship I was able to build within the 5 days at THIMUN allowed me to make new connections with many students from different cultural backgrounds. I believe this experience helped me grow as a participant of MUN and an active debater.

Min Jae Kang
THIMUN is an unforgettable experience. We had the opportunity to meet delegates from thirteen different countries and discuss world issues with them. This was a valuable experience as I got to meet outstanding public speakers and global thinkers from all around the world. After the conferences, we had time to explore Singapore, and this created a bond between the UNIS delegates.

Kevin Rayan
Our GA effectively debated and passed over 7 resolutions out of the 9 resolution made. THIMUN unlike most of the sporting events I have been to helps you make a really close bond with many different people around the world and that bond is meant to last for years to come. I did not only learn about world issues but THIMUN was a great opportunity to learn how to interact with people from different regions, how to make important decisions within short periods of time and mainly how to back yourself under any circumstance against anyone.

Hannah Seo
THIMUN conference gave me opportunities to strengthen my public speaking skills, communication skills and team work. The trip was full of passion, excitement and commitment. I met numerous number of friends from all over the world, and I wish to join THIMUN again next year!


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UNIS Hanoi at THIMUN Singapore

UNIS Hanoi Model United Nations students have been in Singapore all week debating the important issues that the world is facing. Whether it be the illegal drug trade, autonomous weapons systems, climate change, testifying before the International Court of Justice or calling for defending the human rights of those who are powerless it has been a busy week.

Enjoy some of the photos from the trip! Watch this space next week for some more details and photos on the conference.

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Model United Nations for Change

The annual Security Council Conference is always a very anticipated event on the UNIS MUN March school calendar, and this year was no exception. Over 110 well prepared delegates from grades 8 -12 turned up smartly dressed in their formal best to hotly debate this year’s highly relevant issue, ‘Climate Change as a Threat to Our Society’.

Photo: Jacob Gee

We were very fortunate to have our High School Vice Principal, Glenda Baker, to open up the conference. She gave a very real example of how in Hanoi, we are the recipients of a polluted environment that daily impacts our health and longevity, and that we have an individual and collective responsibility to ensure that take positive action to reverse this devastating trend.

With this potent message in mind, all of the delegates passionately debated each of their arguments with the positive intention of ensuring that the future of our planet would be in safe hands. Each clause was debated individually to create a resolution by consensus within each group.

It was a very smoothly run event thanks to the hard work of the Admin team, our photographer Jacob, the wise and patient Chairs and the behind-the-scenes organisation of Ms. Giang in the Activities office. Our gratitude also to the Executive Committee who worked extremely hard to ensure that the evening would be a success. Many thanks for helping make this evening one to remember.

Sandra Schneiderman
Co-Director UNIS MUN



The conference was a culmination of hours of hard work and training, with delegates meeting every Thursday for 2 hours in order to familiarise themselves with the MUN format, and learn how to come up with practical and workable resolutions to debate in front of other delegates.

Some delegates were new to the MUN debate, and worked especially hard to seek advice, and assistance in writing the many policy statements, resolutions and opening speeches required to participate. Over the past two months, they had the opportunity to debate with more experienced delegates all in preparation for the October Simulation.

Delegates investigated the approaching “point of no return”, and were reminded, throughout the conference, of the serious necessity to make changes not only because of our responsibility in being a UN school, but also because of our position as young students who will experience the consequences of our inaction. Their research emphasised the need for our delegates to discuss these issues in order to be the future change makers of tomorrow.

For 3 hours, the conference rooms were filled with intense and passionate debate. Delegates fervently fought for their resolutions to be adopted by the rest of the council, discussed several solutions to an abrupt crisis, and furthered their understanding of international relations, diplomacy, and the formal workings of the UN. All the while, the Admin staff-  lead  by Giang Thu Pham, worked around the clock, passing notes, printing documents, and attending to the needs of each council.

“It was great seeing a bunch of 8th-12th graders talk about global topics in such a passionate way”, remarked Minh Quan Do, one of the student officers of the conference, “It truly is so gratifying to see our hard work pay off, and watch the delegates flourish as a result of meticulous planning.”

The atmosphere remained diplomatic and professional, true to the spirit of the UN, and the dedication of our delegates. After a long night, the conference concluded with the delegates receiving their well deserved certificates.A few special recognition superlative certificates were also given out for standout delegates.

It doesn’t end here however. The MUN Leadership team, and participating delegates are now set to prepare for another conference, UNIS MUN XI, with over 350 delegates attending from schools in the local Hanoi community and the East-Asian Area. The skills  delegates have acquired during this conference will now be put towards preparation for this conference in March.

MUN Leadership Team 2018-19

Amani Parvathaneni and Bao Chau
Members of the MUN  Leadership team