Robert Gordon's College welcomed pupils from across the region for the Climate Model UN Conference 2023 at the Craig Centre for Performing Arts, in partnership with Aberdeen for a Fairer World MDEC.

On Friday, March 17, 2023 nine schools from Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City joined a cohort of Robert Gordon’s pupils to debate and discuss climate change and how countries can collaborate to help reverse the challenge.

Mr Macpherson, Head of Robert Gordon's College opened the conference followed by our S5 pupils Eishah and James who chaired the debate, delivering key information and listening to all arguments. They encouraged and coached pupils along with their core team to enable them to get the very best out of the day. The pupils were also joined by Ashley and Jill from the local Co-op who donated fairtrade bananas as well as Neil Morrison (Trustee) of MDEC.

Mrs Willetts, Model UN Coordinator at Robert Gordon's College shared: “It was lovely to see so many enthusiastic delegates at their first ever Model UN conference. Model UN teaches so many skills such as diplomacy, collaboration and negotiation whilst allowing pupils to develop a holistic worldview. I am delighted to have so many pupils who want to engage in geo-politics and are genuinely interested in being involved in big conversations.

“The conference was aimed at younger pupils and they certainly rose to the challenge, successfully passing a full resolution together to tackle climate change. Some schools expressed a wish to set up their own Model UN Clubs and we are delighted to be able to support the co-curricular development of Model UN across the North East. I’m very proud of James and Eishah too who chaired with professionalism and enthusiasm. Thank you to David Innes (Chair of MDEC) and Cara Walkden (Trustee) who helped to organise the event."



Country and Results

Lossiemouth Academy



The Gordon Schools, Huntly



Kemnay Academy


Islamic Republic of Iran

Portlethen Academy



Best Position Paper

Inverurie Academy


Russian Federation

Bridge of Don Academy

Aberdeen City


Most Controversial Delegate

Bucksburn Academy

Aberdeen City


Best Delegate

Robert Gordon’s College


New Zealand

Robert Gordon’s College



Best Clause

Albyn School



Best Delegation

Most likely to work in the UK

International School of Aberdeen



Best Delegation

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