On Friday afternoon, American School of Valencia opened its ninth annual edition of Valencia Model United Nations (VALMUN), the school’s Model United Nations Conference. This edition takes place on campus and will involve over 100 delegates from three participating schools: Cambridge House Community College, Caxton College and the American School of Valencia. Due to COVID and travel restrictions, many international schools who have participated in VALMUN were not able to participate this year. Nevertheless, visiting delegates participated with all the required COVID prevention measures in place.
The opening ceremony was held in the Athletic Center. It included welcome messages offered by Mr. Marc Boyer, ASV Model United Nations Co-coordinator, and Mr. Lino Puertas, senior officer at the United Nations Information and Communications Technology Facility in Valencia (UNICTF). When addressing the delegates, Mr. Boyer praised them for “approaching their peers with open minds” and practicing “discussion and collaboration towards meaningful solutions to serious global issues.”
VALMUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy, and the United Nations agenda. Students will debate this year on topics such as the restriction of lethal autonomous weapons, the equal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in less developed countries, the impact of acid rain on various ecosystems and the Israeli-Palestinean conflict.