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MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE---THAIMUN V 2018
2018-04-13

 [SCIE web news, April 13th, 2018] MUN is always an engaging topic for students. It appeals like a sparkling stage, which waits for us to stand and express our opinions openly. Happily, the Thai MUN trip organized and led by Ms. Razia and Mr. Richard this year, brought this fabulous stage closer to our life, providing many students with valuable opportunities of participating in a well-known International Model United Nations Conference. 


 


The schedule of ThaiMUN was tense. 

 

We got up pretty early on the first day, and everyone met at about 6 o’clock. When we arrived at the airport there was still some time before the flight. The breakfast at the airport was great - you will not have McDonald’s as breakfast in SCIE. After passing the customs, we boarded the flight eagerly awaiting to begin our journey to the MUN Conference.

 


It was not until afternoon that we arrived at Bangna Pride Hotel. The rooms in the hotel were extremely large and comfortable, and we even got a kitchen and a living room in the apartment. The bedrooms were shared, with two people each one. Teachers, boys and girls were all separated into different floors. In order to prepare thoroughly for the incoming conference, we spent most of our afternoon writing resolutions. In the evening, Razia and Richard, took us to MEGA, a large mall that had varied types of cuisines and shops, for dinner and shopping. It was a nice place for relaxing ourselves after the tiring work done during the day. We couldn’t help coming to MEGA every day after the daily conference sessions.

 


The first day of the conference was an early day with us waking up before 6 a.m. to get ready for our exciting journey. During the opening ceremony, not only did we watch the videos of former MUN in past years, but also a very unique and traditional Thai dance performance. After the opening ceremony, all delegates were led to their own committees and then began our three days’ strenuous work. My (Brian) committee was the environment committee, the ENV. Our topics included discussions on nuclear power, fossil fuels and endangered animals. An opening statement was given by every delegate, in which we stated our country’s positions. This was followed by the construction of resolutions.  Delegates collaborated together on their countries common positions. I was the delegate of Finland, so I had to bear in mind the attitudes and benefits of Finland when responding to every question. The resolution took the rest of the morning, and all resolutions were sent to the chairs before the delegates went for lunch. All delegates were expected to write a “for” or “against” speech for every resolution and ask “points of inquiry” to speeches given by other delegates. The main-submitters of the resolutions were required to give a speech to support their resolution. Others were free to give speeches or remain silent. The chairs were very cooperative and made sure that everyone got an opportunity to speak, especially the ones who were attending for the first time. 

 


Besides traditional committees such as ENV and DISEC
, there were some special committees as well. For instance, International Court of Criminals, Unites States Cabinet Conference, United Kingdom Parliament Conference and so on. I (Elizabeth) was one of the judges in International Court of Justice (ICJ) committee in ThaiMUN V, and it was indeed the very first time that I joined ICJ committee. Unlike the DISEC committee that I was familiar with earlier, the roles in ICJ committee were of judges, advocates, respondents and the witnesses. Cases were brought into the court where advocates and respondents gave their opening speeches, presented their solid evidence one by one, cross-examined each other’s witnesses and closed the verdict by rebuttal and closing speeches. Following the guidance of ICJ in the real world, the evidence presented by respondents or advocates have to be from a valid source, for example, UN official document. The un-founded evidence can be objected, and once the objection is sustained, the evidence will be immediately removed from the list of evidence and the consideration of the judges. Personally speaking, ICJ was a very enjoyable committee. Not much written work was required and as a judge, listening and raising acute questions were the only two tasks you needed to do. Above all, what really impressed me in ICJ committee was that witnesses were called from other committees. Though they were, in fact, not related to ICJ at all, they were presented at the ICJ and given the information of the role they were going to play. Associated with some proven ability in drama and act, some of them were incredibly amusing and impressive for their attitudes, tones and gestures. They resembled the real witnesses in history and sometimes even better! 

 


On the last day all the delegates attended the General Assembly, which is a traditional Committee like DISEC and ENV with large number of delegates - hundreds of people working together. I found it interesting that some chairs went onto the stage to give speeches and present resolutions just like we did. It seemed that they were enjoying the General Assembly as well! 

 


The fantastic trip finally came to the end. Although we didn’t really win any awards like “Best delegate,” we have brought invaluable experience and knowledge back to SCIE. There was no doubt that all of us had improved our English-speaking ability significantly and developed an international mind. We are now more confident and more aware of the issues that face the world. Equipped by these skills and characteristics, I have every reason to believe that we will be able to win an award next year.

 


We are also very willing to share our MUN stories and help teach new members of the MUN ECA next semester. Come to join us! We’ll see you next year in ThaiMUN VI!
 

 

Report/ Elizabeth and Brian; Photos/ThaiMUN committee,Razia)

 

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