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Model United Nations conference in High School

This student-led conference simulates the UN with committees, where delegations debate and create solutions to various real-world issues. Procedure, topics, nations, organization of debate, and voting systems are mimicked from the UN. This year, the Copenhagen International Model United Nations conference, CIMUN 2020, will take place online to avoid C19. CIMUN has its own press team who interviewed this year's Secretary General and the two Deputy Secretary Generals.

“My passions are pretty cliché for an MUNer: international relations, politics, and human rights,” says the Secretary General of CIMUN 2020. “For me, in regards to CIMUN, a successful conference is one that brings delegates together, and has them get a reward out of it. A large part of what MUN is to be is a tool to become better educated in the issues around the world, to bring people of different cultures and backgrounds together, and to encourage dialogue on the issues, so a successful conference to me is one that succeeds in doing just that.” “Unlike many of my fellow planners, I like arguing the opposite side (ie. the devil’s advocate),” says Deputy Secretary General and President of the General Assembly. “This is accompanied by a strong interest in politics and strategy.” “I hope to raise the spirits of the team and make sure everyone enjoys the experience,” says second Deputy Secretary General of CIMUN 2020.” I’m sure we have some tough days ahead but I wish to bring a positive perspective and make the best of every situation. I also hope to ensure that everyone in our team is heard and is feeling supported and cared for.”

“The most important thing I’ve learned is that one person really can make a difference,” she continues. “Through MUN, I realized that the people that make today’s laws, govern countries and lead our world are still just humans. Though they may seem out of reach, they are not very different from you and me. I think if one has the passion and is willing to put in the effort, one really can achieve so much.” The Secretary General agrees: “I have learnt so much about the world through participating in MUN, expanding my own horizons and beliefs, which is also something that I feel is essential in the increasingly globalized 21st century. MUN, more than anything, I feel, is a platform of learning: learning about other cultures and standpoints, learning about current events, learning that beyond anything, cooperation and empathy are needed in the world. Even if the real world is not ‘just like the simulations’, MUN teaches people to overcome their differences to achieve goals that matter.” “I believe MUN to be incredibly important because youth have the power to change the world, especially in this day and age,” says Deputy Secretary General and President of the General Assembly and continues: “Now more than ever it is important to stand up for your beliefs and those of others, because it is important to be more than content about how the world works. Only through new ideas and innovation can we improve and protect what we have. Persistence is a core value of MUN for me, because although your beliefs may be outnumbered or fighting a pitched battle. One determined faction can cause massive change through forcing revision, moderation or even in-fighting amongst the opposition.”

“I became involved in MUN through an interest in debate,” he continues. My first MUN conference was actually a MMUN conference in Rome of 2017. This was the first MMUN conference my school had run, and was established through the amazing teachers of the English department. Although, this was not my best performance as a delegate - it had provided me with a taste for politics and pitched debate.” “My 9th grade English teacher was our MUN Director, and she somehow persuaded me to attend our school’s conference, Campion School MUN 2018,” the Secretary General recalls. “I was representing Croatia in the EU, had no idea what I was doing, and got voted Sleeping Beauty (Sleepiest/Most Inactive Delegate) in the funny awards.” And how was the second Deputy Secretary General involved? “I was dragged. Quite literally. One of my friends decided to try MUN and she persuaded me to come along. I remember my first ice breaker in the club where we had to make a speech using three words that others came up with. If I remember correctly, the words I got were colonialism, fish and butter. I was so stunned that I could barely speak and just blabbed for 30 seconds about some kind of fish cannon used as a weapon by colonialists that had to be buttered for smoother functioning… Yeah. Not my best moment. But despite that, I decided to join, mainly because of the wonderful group of people I had met, with whom I quickly became friends. In short, I got involved in MUN to make friends and soon came to love the rest.”