Over Sunday and Monday, 14 of FIS’ students were given the wonderful opportunity to participate in the prestigious HKMUN conference which took place in Science Park this year along with over 200 delegates from other schools across Hong Kong.
For those of you with little/no understanding of what an MUN conference entails, in short, it is a simulation of the United Nations conferences, with students being allocated to different committees where they take on the role and perspective of varying countries to tackle some of the most pressing issues of the time. An example of this was ‘UN Mission in Libya’ which was discussed in the Security Council. One of the things that makes HKMUN such a great conference is that it is almost entirely student led, with all of the leadership roles being allocated to different students from varying schools. For people interested in MUN but perhaps not the public speaking side of it, no worries! Even if you’re not interested in the debating side of conferences, there are other roles such as ‘press corps’ where students are given the opportunity to write articles about debates they hear and interview delegates about the topics discussed.
Overall, the conference was a really great experience for all. For most it was definitely a huge learning curve, particularly in becoming more confident in using the correct ‘MUN’ terminology and speaking style that is required in such conferences but it was also a great experience in public speaking and ensuring that adequate and high quality research is carried out in order to produce the best possible resolutions (solutions to the problem).
If you’re interested in joining the club, feel free to come to room 505 during Wednesday lunch (12:30-1:30), it doesn’t matter if you are lacking in experience as we have plenty of time before the next conference and there are no age restrictions! Charlotte Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)