Paul Widén (class of 2002) founded the Montana Model United Nations back in 2009.
What started as a small debating society with 6 Montana students participating, now attracts schools from across the continent – from France, Germany, Czechia, the Emirates and of course from Switzerland – to travel to Zugerberg to participate in this event simulating the General Assembly of the United Nations. The students of more than 35 different nationalities from national and international schools learn about current affairs, diplomacy and can develop their so-called 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
Montana held its 9th Model United Nations conference November 2 – 4, the MMUN18. At the MMUN18, the students took on roles as Delegates of the United Nations Member States and tried to come up with resolutions addressing this years’ topic “Defining Human Dignity – Migration in a Globalised World”.
At the opening ceremony, after the speech of our alumnus and Director Alexander Biner (class of 1978), the Head of the UN Security Council and Political Affairs section at the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Mr Flavio Milan, addressed the students with his thoughts of the role of the United Nations and then opened himself the questions to the eager audience.
Cary Harrison (class of 1977), anchor man at KPFK radio flew from LA and, assisted by Velia Tricoli (class of 2003), interviewed students from all around the world. Over the three days conference, several resolutions were introduced, amended to then be either passed or failed at the final vote. Independent on the outcome of the individual votes, the MMUN18 has brought adolescent from across the world together, made them take their first steps of becoming the leaders of tomorrow and has put Zug and Zugerberg on the map in many young peoples’ mind.
What can we say? 4 alumni together on campus and we rocked!
More photos and videos will follow. Stay tuned!