Article by: Justin Shin
Two weeks ago, ISM’s MUN Delegation left to participate in the IASAS MUN conference hosted by the International School of Bangkok (ISB) and held in the UN ESCAP building. A month of preparation came to fruition as delegates discussed and debated issues of global significance – standing proud before the podium and delivering eloquent speeches in the name of diplomacy and international progress.
MUN is an academic simulation that closely mirrors the real United Nations, hence the abbreviation “Model United Nations.” Students take on the role of UN diplomats and are assigned a country and committee, ranging from the four General Assembly (GA) committees (GA1 to GA4), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), and the Security Council. Within each debate session, students debate on resolutions – sets of proposed solutions – for a specific issue or topic. After the conclusion of the debate, delegates can either vote for or against the resolution, or simply abstain their vote.
To allow the ISM community more key insight on MUN, BT decided to interview some of the IASAS delegates themselves before they left.
Our first question sought to find out how the delegates felt and what they were looking forward to in Bangkok. Sophomore Aldrin A., representing the DPRK in SPECPOL said, “I’m really looking forward to learning a lot from this conference which would hopefully improve my skills as a delegate.” Another sophomore Rafatul I., speaking for the DR of Congo in DISEC (on disarmament), described that he was feeling “very excited,” and that he was “looking forward to IASAS ever since selections were announced.” He also added, “I’m a bit nervous, as this is a large scale international conference.”
Our second question revolved around on what brought each delegate to MUN. Considering how busy the past month has been, anyone might wonder what kind of Herculean motivation is provided within the MUN experience that would convince IASAS delegates to willingly write two resolutions on top of their already strenuous schoolwork.
Aldrin A. stated that, “It’s always been fun to debate and understand global issues at a deeper and holistic level,” while Rafatul I. stated that he enjoyed “sharing his opinions on the world and current events, and trying to solve the numerous problems that plague our world today.”
Regardless of what reason brought them to MUN, all the IASAS MUN delegates have one thing in common: vastly improved public speaking, debating, and writing skills. Additionally, the experience accentuates their critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. MUN has ultimately honed these students into outspoken activists with a passion for global issues. We hope that more students are inspired to have a go at this activity– taking to the podium, and exercising the true power of speech.