This article is published as part of MUN Spotlight, a special series dedicated to student conferences from around the globe. The aim of this series is to introduce conferences and their organizers to our MUNPlanet audience and beyond. Today we're taking you to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the home to Better Understanding for Better World conference!
MUNPlanet: Please introduce yourself to our community.
I am Muhammad Carlos, I serve as one of the few people who initiated the BUBW Conference in Asia.
MUNPlanet: Tell us more about Better Understanding for Better World conferences.
BUBW Conferences were first
started in the United States by CECF. They aimed to educate the values of
diversity and how to use it as the tool to create a more sustainable future
solution in a way to collaborate with any party regardless of the background to
achieve a more prioritized vision.
MUNPlanet: In one sentence, tell us why should everyone pick and attend BUBW conference?
Everyone should be inspired by the bigger difference we have made through intercultural understanding.
MUNPlanet: You had several successful conferences in your home country before you decided to make it international. What influenced a decision to start organizing the conference outside the borders of the US?
I want to provide this inspiring method to the people across Asia and see the differences within our society through the lens of diversity. Asia is home to many of the most diverse nations. The conflicts that have occurred within Asia continent have been one of the main factors to initiate a change by gathering them who will make the difference once they have attended BUBW Conference.
MUNPlanet: In relation to the previous question, how hard is it to create and run a conference thousands of miles away from the base?
It has been quite difficult to run the conference and how to make the conference appealing to different audiences across the continent. We have reached out to organizations that share similar concern or other international organizations, but the collective movement to voice the significance of this conference is considerably low among the Asian organizations.
MUNPlanet: How do you select the countries that will have the privilege of organizing BUBW in the future?
The countries will be reviewed by looking at the frequency of conflicts caused by lack of understanding of differences. To use it as a measurement, we also need to understand the strategic location of the conference to ensure the future participants will have an access to get there in the easiest way possible in terms of cost-efficiency.
MUNPlanet: Variety seems to be the keyword around BUBW. Can you tell us more about how do you achieve having participants, NGO activists, institutions, and companies from so many different backgrounds participating in the event?
We highly value variety in BUBW Conferences, therefore, we have set the list of potential partners that have shown a high impact in this field. As we approach them, we tended to have a better idea on how to creat the strategies to deliver the values to our participants.
MUNPlanet: Related to the general topic of the conference, why is facilitation of mutual understanding so important nowadays?
Mutual understanding can be perceived in different ways, to ensure that we all have put this understanding into action can be facilitated through this conference. People will have the opportunity to dig deeper to the issue and see in what way they can help best to solve the issue.
MUNPlanet: For the participants submitting the papers, what criteria do they have to satisfy in order to make it to the finals?
The criteria for paper applicants are to look at the relevance of their topic to our theme and be reviewed by how strategic they position their paper in answering the questions we offer.
MUNPlanet: Beside the conference, what else can Yogyakarta offer to participants? Have you prepared a social program which will accompany the formal sessions of the conference?
Beside the conference, Yogyakarta will include several visits to religious sites and to do a campaign on humanity from all participants.
MUNPlanet: What will the future bring to BUBW? What is the next big step?
BUBW will bring a bigger number of participants and will show its actual impact by its participants in the future. We want the conference to be source of inspiration to many of our participants and this can only be seen by what action they bring to their home community.
MUNPlanet: How do you see knowledge communities such as MUNPlanet contributing to the development of youth?
I constantly praise the knowledge-sharing community that empowers every possible way where people can be part of the solution by stating their interest in many different events.
MUNPlanet: What is the one idea that you want all of your attendees to leave the conference with?
Your own mutual understanding needs to be reflected in bold action.
MUNPlanet: Any final remarks?
Gathering people for one vision like this can always restore faith in humanity. It is so easy to be pessimistic about changes we wish to see in the future, but to hold the hope for a better future is all we need after all.
MUNPlanet: Thank you for devoting your time to MUN Spotlight and telling us more about you and your conference. MUNPlanet is looking forward to your conference and strongly advises all MUNers to check it out. Good luck on your conference!
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