CIV students debate world problems with President Marcelo

A selected group of Vilamoura International (CIV) students had the opportunity to attend the 23rd annual Iberian Model United Nations conference, held on November 9 at the Centro Cultural de Belém by the Carlucci International School of Lisbon.

Over the course of three days, following an inspiring speech and question-and-answer session with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the students took on the challenging task of debating “some of the most controversial affairs plaguing our world today”.

As the president had encouraged them, “it is up to you to change the world” in congratulating their enthusiastic engagement in Model United Nations and commitment to tackling global issues.

These included issues such as those of transparency in world arms trade, or the North Korea’s defiance of the missile ban and the impact of artificial intelligence on the job market.

The Special Conference, General Assembly and Security Council were comprised of more than 300 students from over 20 international schools from all over Europe and beyond.

The prestigious Model United Nations experience allows students to partake in conferences all over the world, where they take on the roles of diplomats and build skills of debate, lobbying and problem solving.

“A truly enriching experience, which opens doors to future opportunities,” describes Iga Pietrzak, CIV Year 11 student and delegate representing Singapore in the General Assembly.