I am a Year 6 student, taking Government and Politics A Level and I aspire to be a politician or to be involved in International Relations. I've just been selected to Chair the Historical Security Council for the MediMUN Conference 2018, which will involve students from schools across the island. My dream is to become involved in the real United Nations in some way, or even to act as an ambassador for Cyprus. I would love to study Political Sciences in The Netherlands and will be applying next year. I’m also a fitness enthusiast and so I balance that along with my academic and school extra-curricular activities.
What is the MUN?
The MUN club is the Model United Nations club where students pretend to be involved in the United Nations and debate current (or past) political affairs and come up with resolutions on how to solve political issues. It involves debates on political affairs, as well as annual conferences (e.g. MediMUN). If you are interested in learning about what is occurring in the world, regardless of whether you are a fan of politics or law, it’s a great club for you.
How long have you been involved with the MUN Club?
I have been involved with the MUN club for 2 years now as a delegate: I attended the MediMUN conference last year as a delegate in the Legal committee and followed debates. I'm also a part of the executive committee of our school club. It is an amazing experience, and it gave me the chance to speak in front of 500 people, including teachers and UN officials, and although it was terrifying, it made me fall in love with the club!
What are you responsibilities as the MUN Chair?
The chair basically “dominates” the debate, in a sense. It is the Chair who decides who has the right to speak, and it is his / her responsibility to allocate time for speeches that present arguments for and against an issue, and to allocate time for voting. Overall, the Chair remains neutral on the matter being debated, which is selected by the students themselves and chosen by the teachers in charge.
What do you see as some of the possible challenges of the role?
The only real challenge I can see is containing and trying to break a heated debate. From my past experience as a delegate, often, once a delegate starts going off on a “political rant” arguing in favor of their own resolutions, it’s quite hard to calm them down, and it's at points like this that the Chair has to step in. It could be that the Chair has toforce a delagate to apologize to another student delegate for being offensive to their representative country.
When is the next MUN conference? How are you involved?
The next MUN conference is called MediMUN and it will take place on 9th, 10th, 11th February in Nicosia; I will be chair of the Historical Security Council, which consists of government officials that talk about a large political event that occurred in the past (e.g The Cuban Missile Crisis) and debate as the UN would’ve reacted at the time of the event. There are four General Assemblies that discuss different topics such as law, human rights, environmental issues and two Councils, Security and Historical Security.
Why should someone get involved with the MUN?
If someone is interested in political affairs, loves public speaking and has an opinion on everything - this is the club for them! In all seriousness, it boosts confidence as you learn to support your arguments and your resolution, you learn public speaking and critical thinking skills, as you learn to analyse someone’s argument, and it forces you to think on the spot, because you don’t know what counter argument a peer delegate might throw at you. Plus it’s really fun to pretend to be the UN: you get into heated debates and take on a role as a representative for another country.