Looking at the world, and benefiting the globe
Over two days of action-packed engagement and critical problem solving underscored the second THIS Model United Nations (THIS MUN) conference from 18th to 20 March. Close to 60 students attended the online event from Tsinghua University High School, Tsinglan School, Tsinghua Daxing High School, Tsinghua Great Bay Area High School, Tsinghua Qinhan High School, RDFZ Chaoyang Branch, Beijing No. 55 High School International Division, Beijing National Day School and THIS. The theme was “Fostering Global Ethics in the Age of Post-Truth.” The delegates had heated discussions and engaged negotiations leading to consensus that model that procedures and protocols of the United Nations with two UN committees – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
“I am immeasurably proud of the executive members and the delegates of MUN. Organizing a conference of this scale is a benchmark of excellence of our students. It was also impressive to see delegates from each participating school fully engaged, be it their thorough research evident in their in-depth position papers, interaction with each other, examination of challenging global issues and most importantly negotiating the intricacies of international affairs to arrive at a consensus. The students demonstrated care and compassion – the signature of MUN delegates – all the way.”
Dr. Benita Sumita, THIS-MUN Advisor
Conference Theme ✦
Fostering Global Ethics in an Age of Post Truths
What is an age of post truths? Entered into the English vocabulary in 2016, post-truth is a reality in which we witness and experience the increasing irrelevance of the facts in public discourse. It refers to a time when facts and evidence can deceive. There is an over-abundance of information, whether they be facts, opinions, hashtags, tweets, posts, likes, hearts, hugs, and everything else in between. The people affected are no longer in one small community, but are scattered all around the world. The role of THIS-MUN is to clarify the facts and what they mean to be able to help people, communities and nations.
Student Reflections ✦
THISMUN fully demonstrates that Model United Nations is not just a conference, it is an opportunity where friends are made, clashing ideas are compromised, and controversial topics are discussed.
UNEP Best Delegate – THIS
It was an awesome experience. Everyone was actively engaged, and I could feel their passion behind their words and what they were talking about. Taking the role of a leader for the first time was unexpectedly exhausting. It makes me authoritative with the cost of many additional responsibilities.
UNODC Outstanding Delegate – Tsinglan School
It was a great honor to participate in the Model United Nations of Tsinghua High School. I met many people from different schools in this event, and this event was still full of harvest. I also realized once again what a fun activity Model UN is. I hope everyone will keep up the good work and achieve more in Model UN activities!
UNEP Outstanding Delegate – Beijing No.55 High School International Division
The outstanding leadership of the chair and co-chair shined through a series of technical difficulties. The procedures throughout the countless conferences reflected the time and effort that THIS-MUN execs and teachers dedicated even in challenging situations like online conferences.
UNEP Honorable Mention – Tsinghua University High School
Since it’s the first time that I participate in the MUN conference, I’m quite surprised to get such a result. This conference has helped me to better understand MUN—not only about its procedures, but also the power of cooperations and negotiations. It has also helped me to look at my drawbacks, and pushes me to work harder to be a better self.
UNODC Delegate – RDFZ Caoyang Branch
Everything was as smooth as it could be. The chairs were beyond professional and acted as unbiased as they could. The THIS delegates were wonderful people and I’m glad to have met them all.
UNODC Honorable Mention – Beijing International Bilingual Academy
THIS MUN conference has been a fabulous journey, it was such an unforgettable and unique MUN conference that I absolutely enjoyed. Besides the professional atmosphere, I’ve also observed the presence of friendship, unity, responsibility, and vision to built a brighter future from each of the members.
August 2021, THIS-MUN members participated in the WEMUN EXPO conference
the beginning of 2021, THIS-MUN hosted the 1st THIS Model United Nations Conference
Established in 2009, THIS-MUN is a student-led club, and one of the oldest clubs at the school.
It is dedicated to developing students’ perspectives on various international affairs, stimulating their professional writing potential, and practicing their leadership skills. During the weekly club sessions, students are exposed to global challenges, such as peace and security, poverty and development, human rights, environment, public health, globalization and other topics, aiming to guide students to understand, think and discuss the issues with an international perspective.
For more than 10 years, members of THIS-MUN have been active in many conferences, demonstrating eloquence in debates, and leadership when working with students from other schools, and integrating and applying the historical, political, and cultural knowledge they have learned at school to their speeches. Also, they demonstrate a full understanding of the various conference topics and global issues, showcasing their rich knowledge base and a solid cultural background. With these qualities, THIS students have won many awards and, more importantly, their understanding of global affairs has been deepened.
December 2019 THIS-MUN members participated in the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference
December 2020, THIS-MUN members participated in the Oxford MUN Asia Conference. The club also hosted an award ceremony for the representatives
THIS nurtures, within classrooms and through student clubs like MUN, our students to become global citizens with both native Chinese and English language skills, and international mindsets. Our students are encouraged to develop diverse club activities on their own, so that they can look at the international community.
Clubs such as MUN, help students specifically learn about the operational mechanism of multilateral international organizations, such as the United Nations. They are also encouraged to devote themselves to public diplomacy and international exchange work, to stand on the international stage and actively show their Chinese cultural roots, participate in global governance, and communicate their cultural ideas. Looking to the future, these same students will be able to confidently carry out the important mission of “telling the Chinese story” within a global context and with an international vision.
文字 Writing | Charlotte Wang, Mia Gu
图片 Pictures | THIS-MUN
排版 Editing | Mia Gu
审核 Auditing | THIS-MUN Team, Dieu-Anh Nguyen, Toni Dong, Wenping Li