From August 4th to 5th, the 2018 Summer Session of HU MUN (Highschool United Model United Nations) opened in the Global Education Center for Engineers which is located in the most prestigious Korean university, Seoul National University. Students of various international and foreign-language high schools gathered to form the fruitful debates regarding the world issues. As HU MUN was my first formal MUN which followed the official procedures, I truly earned unforgettable lessons; not only did I gain a wider social viewpoint on global issues, but also learned to not fear to attempt new activities even at an older age.
The participants were open to one committee in Korean, which was the Disarmament and International Security Committee and two committees in English, which were World Health Organization and United Nations Development Programme. Among of the two English committees, I participated in the latter, competing with other delegates to find the best measures to combat with negative ramifications of urbanization.
Registration started from 8:30 in the morning. Everyone was formally dressed, holding suitcases and materials for the conference. After submitting general documents, we were led by staffs to a large conference hall for the opening ceremony. The secretaries made speeches welcoming everyone and officially declared the opening of the HU MUN 2018 summer session. With a grand opening, the committees finally started the debates.
|[The opening ceremony of HU MUN, photo courtesy of Ga Yun (Lynna) Kim]
During the discussion, I personally discovered more solutions to how we could combat problems of urbanization than when I researched prior to the conference. As rapid urbanization is an environmental, social, and financial threat to especially heavily populated countries such as China and India, the ideas of the delegates of the United Kingdom (UK) and Singapore were the most memorable as I represented India. The delegates of the UK proposed to build compact cities by adding more stories to pre-existing buildings while the delegate of Singapore introduced to construct underground cities to increase land efficiency. Both solutions became crucial points in the resolution. Without this MUN conference, I wouldn’t have known about such creative solutions or even know that India contains the second largest slum in Asia from excessive urbanization.
|[Delegates discussing about the resolution during an unmoderated caucus, photo courtesy of the HU MUN press]
Furthermore, unlike other committees, we had a relatively small number of delegates, which created a less-pressuring environment when I presented my ideas in front of the podium. Even though I wasn’t a great speaker, which was one of the reasons why I feared to join MUN, I actually volunteered to speak multiple times. Once I broke out of my comfort zone and started to contribute more during the debates, I realized that my voice wasn’t shaking anymore and that I was delivering my ideas more fluently without any written scripts. After the conference, I felt much improvement in my public speaking skills. Along with that, despite it was my first time writing a resolution, I even contributed a decent amount in drafting it during the long night sessions.
|[A photo of Ga Yun (Lynna) Kim giving a short speech regarding amendments at the podium,
photo courtesy of the HU MUN press]
The overall outcome of this conference was very successful because I learned the most important lesson: to never be afraid of attempting something new, something that I thought I wasn’t good at. I am very grateful that I risked starting a new activity even at an older age than others because I directly learned a lesson that I could gain only through this experience. Whenever I face any obstacles in the future, I now promise myself to break my insecurities, gain confidence and realize that there is nothing I can’t do, just like how I overcame my fear of public speaking through this MUN conference.
|[The UNDP committee at the closing ceremony, photo courtesy of the HU MUN Press]
Ga Yun (Lynna) Kim
International Community School of Addis Ababa
Ga Yun (Lynna) Kim email@example.com
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