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Students reach resolution to ban use of child soldiers

The Student UN Conference, which had to re-convene to debate the use of child soldiers in warfare

The Student UN Conference, which had to re-convene to debate the use of child soldiers in warfare

Sixth form students acting as members of the UN Security Council agreed a resolution against the use of child soldiers by armies.

The UN Association Model Security Council, made up of students from across the island’s secondary schools, met at Queen Elizabeth II High School, Peel.

Unlike last year, when the vote was lost by one vote, a children in armed conflict resolution was unanimously agreed following a day of negotiations and compromise.

QEII student Katherine Picken, who played the role of UN Secretariat press officer said: ‘All ambassadors stated they had achieved their main aims in their closing remarks, although Ben Newsham, QEII and USA, threatened to use the veto stating “here’s to hoping” that a compromise could still be reached.’

The team prize was awarded to Castle Rushen High School students Paul Bott and Laura Waters, representing China. Kitto Maddrell took the individual prize as ambassador for Azerbaijan.

The proceedings were chaired by Rushen MHK Juan Watterson.

Next year’s event will take place at Castle Rushen High School. UNA chairman Chris Thomas MHK now has a year to write the next case study.

 

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