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Be a Global Citizen – The Model United Nations Conference

This was indeed an eye-opening experience for us -- participating in the Model United Nations Conference held by the Shatin Methodist College on 29 & 3o June. Never could we imagine how fruitful the two-day conference brought to us in sharpening our global sense of the world before joining it!

There were three councils, namely The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), for five of us to choose from. These councils were to discuss different global issues, but they had one common goal: to provide a platform to unite all nations, so as to resolve global problems. Through the MUN, I could get a taste of how the international organization works and strikes to resolve disputes and problems.

I represented Kazakhstan in the UNHRC wherein the topic was about capital punishment. Astonished by the fact that I was going to represent a country which I had never heard of, I was a bit lost at the beginning. Nonetheless, I paid much effort in researching information in order to safeguard my nation’s interests. Therefore, I formed blocs and alliances with representatives who had the same stance as me. We had a huge debate with those opponents who wished to preserve the inhumane punishment. Fortunately, we successfully got our drafted resolution passed at the end. Also, my debating and researching skills were undoubtedly polished, through this activity!

Not only did the MUN provide an ample opportunity for us to debate against other delegates, it also enabled us to meet new friends from other schools and enhanced our social circle. I especially loved the unmoderated caucus, which was literally like a recess time, as I could walk around and gather with my bloc-mates (and we were totally absorbed in it). In a nutshell, the MUN broadened my horizons with the exposure to global issues and provided me with a host of benefits.

All in all, everyone of us became involved in world issues in one way or another and no one is immune to them. It is of grave responsibility for all of us to stay aware of what is happening in the world we are living in and be one of its global citizens!

Alan Lee