Friday 26th October marked the first day of ISPP Model United Nation (MUN) 2018. From 16 different schools and three countries, 400 students gathered to discussed global issues in this event. I was honored to be one of them.
In this year’s MUN, I attended the security council. Even though this committee is known to be the most serious and quite intimidating, I took on the challenge to try something new. In this committee, we discussed the security issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, and Libya.
Representing the delegate of Kazakhstan, I, along with the delegate of Equatorial Guinea, wrote a resolution on the situation the Democratic Republic of Congo. Typically, there are six or seven delegates working on a resolution. So, it was really challenging for the two of us to write one whole resolution. We ended with a completed resolution with nine operative clauses (solutions).
It was really tough debating in the security council. Many experienced delegated looked for resolution with good intention, which we had, as well as clear methods of how those solutions can be established. Since it was my first time in this council, my solutions did not include detailed procedures. This was why the resolution did not pass when all delegates in the committee vote on it.
Despite the fact that this particular MUN taught me a lot, I discover that discussing security is not my thing. I flashed my memory back to last year’s conference when I was in the environmental council, and how I enjoyed it more. However, this doesn’t make the world’s security issue less important to me.
There was an opportunity given by our former art teacher for those who are passionate about art. Participants were required to create art pieces related to the theme “The Inner Me.” Two participants that were selected was able to visit Australia. I wasn’t selected, but I’m grateful that I had this opportunity.
MUN is an extra-curricular activity, which simply is when students role play as delegates of different countries and they come together in one committee to debate resolutions for some problems. ISPPMUN is a MUN conference lead by International School of Phnom Penh. This year, the event was held on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of October. I was in JGA2 (Junior General Assembly 2) committee, where we have three topics to debate on, the question of deforestation in Southeast Asia, the question of feeding the world’s growing billion and the question of returning cultural artifacts back to the country of origin. It was a very amazing experience for me because I can practice my public speaking skill and I also makes some new friends. You can check out what it was like in that event by checking out the pictures and a video that is made by my friend, Samady below.
A group photo in JGA1
School photo with the wonderful flags
With our certificates!
The chair (leader) and the deputy chair (co-leader) of the event
Since the Junior (the new generation students) came, the Senior (the old generation students) got opportunities to lead After School Extensions (ASEs) for them. I led an ASE with the other two friends, Sopheak and Vornsar. The ASE was about making a short film.
There were six girls joining our ASEs and they were impressive. They wrote their story and their own script in English. Their story was about an invitation from a ghost for their vacation, and it’s called “Vacation from Ghost.” During the filming, we did some makeup and dress up for them, too.
The story was edited by me with some help from the rest of team. It was a very nice experience with them. Check out the pictures to see more of what we did!