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Discussing the Big Issues in the Big Apple

Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

Again this year, eight BBIS students and two teachers attended the Annual International UNIS-UN Conference held on 28 February and 1 March in the United Nations General Assembly, New York City.

Part of the United Nations International School, New York, UNIS-UN is an organization that seeks to promote intellectual discourse as well as cultural exchange among students through an annual conference relating to a contemporary global issue. This exchange of knowledge is enriched by the sharing of perspectives of young minds from around the globe and cultivated by the presentations of keynote speakers.

This year’s conference topic was Under CTRL: Technology, Innovation and the Future of Work. Present innovations and the possible social and political implications were explored, including questions relating to the way in which innovations will improve not only lifestyle, but also efforts in development. As ambassadors for the future, these issues will have the greatest impact on our students’ lives, and therefore, it is critical that they develop a deeper understanding of these issues and how to address them appropriately.

As well as the two days of the conference, our BBIS contingent (Luca, Linus, Feo, Alexis, Justus, Josephine, Chantal and Hannah, ably lead by Mr Arkilander and Ms Barker) took the opportunity to explore and enjoy the attractions of the ‘big apple’. Just two ‘sound bytes’ from our participants are;

It was a terrific experience to be able to sit in the United Nations General Assembly hall and listen to passionate and educated speakers present their opinions on the future of our society. It was also wonderful to be able to share my questions and opinions with the other students in the hall. Conference aside, I also very much enjoyed walking along the Brooklyn Bridge. Ultimately, I am very glad to have been chosen to go to New York to represent the school! It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot as well.    (Luca)

Personally, I think that the best experience was going to the United Nations Headquarters and seeing how the general assembly is built. The Conference itself was very interesting and the speakers had very interesting topics that fit in well with the broad theme presented by UNIS. Added to that, I think that going to the top of the Rock was a great experience and seeing the city from the top. Finally, I think that this trip was a great experience, even though I had already seen New York multiple times. In particular, the group we were in, including the chaperones, was really good and we had lots and lots of fun.    (Justus)

It is hoped that BBIS will be invited to send another delegation next year to benefit from this wonderful, enriching and educational experience.