Pupils in the Model United Nations Society enjoyed a fascinating talk from William Ogilvie-Graham towards the end of term. Mr Ogilvie-Graham works for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) at the United Nations and is currently based in Baghdad.
Our pupils heard first-hand about the functions and purpose of the United Nations. The IOM helps to stabilise vulnerable communities across Iraq through education, housing and repairing social tensions.
Mr Ogilvie-Graham recounted stories from his time at the General Assembly and Security Council. Pupils learned of UNESCO’s work to rebuild the ancient Al-Nuri Mosque that was destroyed by ISIS and of the increasing threat both extremism and climate change pose for the Iraqi population. Mr Ogilvie-Graham also showed pupils the view from his window overlooking the ‘Green Zone’ – the centre of the international presence in Baghdad.
Pupils asked perceptive questions about the UN budget in Iraq, the UK’s new Rwanda migration policy and the difficulty of passing resolutions in the Security Council.
Among his experiences, Mr Ogilvie-Graham went to Ampleforth College and studied Philosophy at King’s College London before working at the Order of Malta and working for the UN in New York and Burundi.
The Model United Nations Society is a popular part of Worth School’s activity programme and meets once a week. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in conferences with other schools around the country.