GIIS SMART Campus recently hosted its highly anticipated GIIS Conference, an event that drew the enthusiastic participation of more than 180 students from Grades 6 to 8. Held over the course of two days, this event transformed the campus into a simulated United Nations, offering participants an unique opportunity to play the role of delegates and engage in thought-provoking debates on pressing global issues across various distinctive committees.
The conference commenced with an inspiring opening ceremony graced by Mr Eric Chua, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Social and Family Development (Singapore), where he shared his wisdom and encouraged our young debaters to excel in their debate journey. In various United Nations committees, from DISEC to UNSC, these students passionately engaged in complex global issues, finding innovative solutions to challenges such as "Halting Drug Exports" and "Nuclear Disarmament." It was an exceptional opportunity for these future leaders to explore the world of Model United Nations and nurture their diplomatic and leadership skills.
Throughout the event, participants diligently followed the established Model United Nations (MUN) procedures, engaging in debates and working towards crafting comprehensive resolutions on the topics at hand. Additionally, delegates encountered a series of captivating and intricate crises related to their respective agendas, demanding swift and effective resolutions.
The committees included DISEC (Disarmament & International Security Committee), UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), WHO (World Health Organisation), FGA (Futuristic General Assembly), USS (United States Senate), UNSC (United Nations Security Council), and JCC (Joint Crisis Committee). Within these committees, delegates grappled with issues spanning from The Feasibility of Halting Drug Exports to Nuclear Disarmament and Weaponry Control.
Overall, the GIIS Conference provided participants with an enriching experience, allowing them to explore the intricate procedures of MUN. Events like this at GIIS serve as platforms for students to develop essential skills such as research, public speaking, leadership, and collaboration, setting the stage for their future endeavours.