[by Samanza Kishwar Parvez]
I’m sure we’re all quite familiar with Model United Nations (MUN). If not, MUN is a place where students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.
The Taylor’s University Model United Nations Club (TUMUNC) held their training day/mock conference last month on the 15th of April.
President, Chamode Anjana, spoke passionately about the objectives of Taylor’s University Model United Nations.
“The purpose of TUMUN is to attract bright young minds to convene and discuss the problems that plague our world and with a simple idea – the desire to create a quality platform for MUNers.”
A short explanation of the event- it started off with a talk session (Training Day) and eventually moved on to the mock conference, which held the following councils and topics:
- United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) – Tackling Climate Change
- United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – Combating Income Inequality
- United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) – Addressing the Question of Capital Punishment
- Youth Parliament – Reforming the Malaysian Education System
This writer had joined the event as a representative for Canada to raise concerns regarding the rate of income inequality faced by Canada at present.
There were many who didn’t know even the slightest about the income inequality situation in their respective countries.
Fortunately, the organizers had foreseen the presence of such individuals and emailed a research report containing a summary of the situation beforehand.
Thanks to the added time and a little help from Google, the participants had equipped themselves with enough knowledge to be able to offer thoughts on the topic at hand.
Did you know that income inequality had been rising in Canada over the past 20 years? Well, I for one, had been blissfully ignorant on the matter.
It just goes to show how the event is a learning experience. For people, who remain ignorant on world matters but want to learn- it is the perfect opportunity! This is because the conference itself may be a “mock” conference, but all the statistics and data used are genuine.
Although it isn’t the real deal, it’s as close as one can get. Events such as these are a fun and interactive way to not only educate, but also to help build oneself as a person. You’d be amazed by how important you feel when you’re speaking on behalf of an entire country, even if it’s just a simulation.
The organizers and participants had shown a great deal of seriousness and professionalism. If someone had told me I had walked into a real conference in the UN- I just might have believed them!
The event required participants to share the current situation of each individual countries and then work together with those countries facing similar consequences. Each group had to discuss and come up with a resolution with solutions to our problems. Then, there was to be a systematic discussion over each resolution and their contents.
The moderators for the councils were referred to as “Chairs”. The chairs were always available to lend a helping hand to those who were still confused and had any queries.
The event had come to an end with great success and certificates of participation were awarded to all attendees.
Readers should visit future training events of MUN as it is a great opportunity to further one’s intercommunication and presentation skills. One can learn more about what’s happening around the world, and feel like a part of it on a wider scale. Although it may just be a simulation now, you never know if one day you’ll be there in the big leagues! It’s best to start small and gather experiences.