From November 16 to 18, 2018, American School of Valencia hosted the sixth edition of VALMUN, a Model United Nations conference in which students from eight international schools discussed global challenges by following the same procedures used in the United Nations.
MUN delegates act as diplomatic representatives in the United Nations. “VALMUN provides them with the opportunity to address a broad spectrun of global issues”, ASV Director Michael L. Smith explains, “which does not only prepare students for the real world, but also helps to create new styles of leadership”.
The agenda included present challenges such as privacy in the digital world, use of plastics, threat of terrorism and transnational criminal organizations, and the rise of ultra nationalisms in the most developed countries. “These are important issues but this is nothing that the world has not overcome before”, Secretary General Aroa Fortea says. “Only in 2017 United Nations has provided food and assistance to 80 million people, has protected 67.7 million people fleeing wars, famine, and persecution, and has kept peace with 104,000 peacekeepers in 14 operations”, she highlighted during the Opening Ceremony when describing the role of the United Nations.
It is also remarkable that VALMUN is a student-run activity and the most experienced delegates lead the event. The use of English for research and debate boosts communication skills in this language. An additional value is that delegates can visit an official UN site, the Information and Communications Technology Facility, thanks to a long-time partnership between ASV and this UN facility in Valencia.