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The first weekend of June 2021, students from our school took part in the Haarlem Model United Nations. Representing different countries with contrasting political views, our students enhanced the discussions by submitting and debating ‘amends and clauses’ as well as entertaining ‘points of information’. Some of our students attended this conference as first timers yet did not shy away from the intense discussion. Many even brought back the award for ‘Best Delegate’ from their respective committee.

Best delegates:

Ijan delegate of Colombia, Historical Security Council
Martina ambassador of DPRK, GA1
Olivia delegate of Vietnam, Security Council
Isabel delegate of Vietnam, Security Council
Rishi delegate of Vietnam, ASEAN+

Best Delegation: 

Ian & Neil, Colombia, Historical Security Council


HMUN is a prestigious conference held by a non-profit organisation by the students at Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem. Each year around 600 students globally take part in this conference; however due to the current Covid situation, this year only schools from the Netherlands were allowed to participate. However, this did not take away the learning opportunity of the ‘MUN experience’. Model United Nations is an education simulation of the UN, where students can learn about not just diplomacy but also public speaking and networking. Our students used this opportunity to its maximum potential, allowing it to refine their critical thinking and collaborative skills.

HMUN is known for its adversity and intensity, where topics parallel current political trends and policies. All students participating are divided into separate committees, each discussing an array of issues falling under larger topics specific to each committee. Our students were also divided into separate committees, however this time, the students were in pairs to avoid the conference from becoming intimidating.

When asked about the conference, the Vice President of our club said:

“This was one of the first post COVID MUN conferences in Haarlem and we had so much fun! It was small and intimate due to corona rules but I heard some exciting things and got to know many people! Everyone did so well, it was difficult but we did it!”

Her sense of excitement and pride is one all of us within the club share. Other students expressed similar feelings when asked about the conference, multiple stating they are excited to attend any upcoming conferences as well.


** This article was written by Khushi the ISH-MUN VP of communications. Thank you for sharing the HMUN experience with us Khushi and congratualations to all our MUN owls. We're proud of you. To learn more about the MUN club you can visit their club page here or follow them on Instagram.