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Providing an international perspective at the Model United Nations (MUN) Conference

Representing ACG School Jakarta at our first Model United Nations (MUN) Conference, a dedicated team of five globally minded ACG students recently attended the OxfordMUN in Singapore.
Singapore Trip

This forum provides students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of worldwide issues and conflict resolution, further develop their critical thinking skills and cultivate an outlook based on internationalism, leadership and problem solving.

Lead by ACG School Jakarta ITGS/Global Perspectives teacher, Mr Brendan McTiernan, the team spent several weeks researching, writing position papers and polishing their speeches in preparation to debate relevant issues with other school teams within the various UN councils.

Themes included the empowerment of women in the Commission for Status of Women (CSW), the illicit sale of small arms in Disarmament and International Security Council (DISEC), the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) and tackling of migration as a result of climate change in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

One of our ACG delegates, Anastasia Iman Sufian, debated on both the empowerment of women issue and on women’s rights to attainable health standards issue in the CSW sessions. She shares her experiences below:

How did you find your first MUN conference?
My first MUN was very fruitful as I managed to learn a lot from the other members of my committee, CSW. I worked on topics that I was very passionate about and that made me more inclined to research and learn more. The initiative of my peers to solve the issues that we were presented with inspired me and I learned a lot from the different speeches that were presented.

How did you prepare for your speeches?
With the help of my teacher Mr. McTiernan. Individually, I prepared by researching the topic on many different online sources. We had weekly meetings, refined our speeches and practised them until we were familiar and comfortable with reciting them.

What was your favourite part of the three-day conference?
The unmoderated caucus. Watching everyone work together on a single draft resolution was very satisfying and I learned the most from the unmoderated caucuses that were held. I learned how to properly construct a draft resolution as well as what kind of approaches to take when solving the issues that we had.

Would you do anything differently next time?
I would prepare even more than I did for this conference. I learned that doing as much research as you can for the conference will allow you to learn more and compare different viewpoints of different countries on a deeper level.

Have you any tips for future delegates at MUN conferences?
Prepare as much as you can and do in-depth research to thoroughly understand your country's stance on different global issues. Also, keep an open mind and be open to different opinions so you can reach a consensus with countries that might have different perspectives from yours. Lastly, be open to new knowledge as the MUN is all about the learning process.

Many thanks to our students for their commitment to MUN since the beginning of the academic year, to Mr Brendan McTiernan who headed the MUN programme, and to Mayumi Hutchinson for her incredible support throughout the Singapore trip.