I would like to share my experience at RomeMUN 2012 with you.
I attended a MUN conference in Rome from 19th to 23rd March. Some of you may be asking what a MUN is.
Firstly, MUN stands for Model United Nations, which is an academic simulation of the United Nations and it aims to educate participants about current affairs in international relations and the United Nations’ agenda and diplomacy.
Participants role play as diplomats representing a nation in a simulated session of a committee or an organ of the United Nations. They research a country , investigate international issues, debate, consult and then develop a resolution .
MUNs were born before the United Nations association was founded. Several model UN conferences have been established in North America as well as worldwide. The MUN held in New York City is one of the most important as it takes place at the UN headquarters in New York.
In Europe there are many MUN conferences organized at different levels. Two of the biggest (in terms of participants) are the Rome Model Nations and the Paris International Model United Nations.
I never knew anything about MUNs until some representatives came to our school in October and I decided to apply because of my interest in international relations and foreign affairs.
On the first day we went to Luiss University and Minister Stefano Baldi, Director of the Diplomatic Institute of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Massolo, Secretary General of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the representatives of UNIDESA, FAO, WFP, UNICEF, UNESCO gave speeches.
The following days we started the simulation. I represented Argentina with a friend of mine from our school in committee GA1 – international security and disarmament- and we debated two topics:
- Preventing the Proliferation of Nuclear Materials
- New Partnership for Africa’s Development: progress in implementation and international support.
On the last day we all gathered for the General Assembly Plenary Session and voted on the resolutions.
Participating in a MUN is a wonderful experience . You meet people from different countries and different backgrounds-but you share similar interests in diplomacy and international affairs. Furthermore, you acquire different skills such as public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiations, conflict resolution, note taking and technical writing.
You realize how difficult it is to reach a consensus among different countries and you also realize how problems and global issues that might seem so remote are in effect relevant to us all!