The Federation of British International Schools in Asia.

Model United Nations

FOBISSEA Model United Nations 2012

By Demi Chan and Gerard Vistal, Bangkok Patana School MUN Secretaries General

On the morning of February the 19th, the Rosamund Stuetzel Theatre was filled with a vast congregation of students in their smartest dress; Bangkok Patana School was the proud host of the FOBISSEA Model United Nation General Assembly of over 270 delegates, representing countries from Afghanistan to Zambia, from 11 international schools.

Delegates had travelled from schools all over South Asia - a region that has played a key role in history, and continues to grow as a stage for political and economic change. The issues brought about by this kind of change, along with the region’s cultural diversity, is what brings gatherings of delegates together for events like the FOBISSEA MUN.

From the beginning the intellectual energy in each forum was collective and consistently impressed chairs, advisors and guests. Throughout the conference, debate in every committee was filled with both quality and memorable highlights - these included everything from creative and effective resolutions to attempts to declare war. All too swiftly, the days of debate passed and the conference closed with a brief but meaningful ceremony that sealed an unforgettable conference.

Those that are part of the MUN community will be well accustomed to the kind of environment that celebrates such a wide spectrum of cultures as the one present at this conference. This diversification is doubled by the MUN principle of encouraging participants to represent nations that are not their own. It is this approach that has fostered a sense of internationality within the regular members of the Model United Nations and offers such a unique educational experience.