For years, KAMUN has been breaking barriers and expectations. In 2007, His Majesty King Abdullah II founded King’s Academy, a coeducational, international boarding school in the historic city of Madaba in Jordan to revolutionize the future of not only Jordanian education, but education for students all over the world. Then in 2010, the international King’s Academy Model United Nations conference was founded, and it too broke barriers. For seven years we have pushed the boundaries of debate, learning, and the ability of our delegates, growing every year, not only in size, but in quality.
KAMUN started and grew under the supervision of a group of dedicated teachers, but as each year yields a successful conference, the organization has become more and more student run. Students make up the whole team, from the Secretariat to admin staff, allowing students to gain valuable leadership and organization experience. Every year, the previous year’s secretariat team trains and prepares the incoming team, insuring that the values of KAMUN continue throughout the years.
The student leaders of the conference strive to make KAMUN unique among conferences in the educational and cultural experience it provides. The conference is small and selective, ensuring only the highest quality of delegates, and forum sizes range from 15-30 students, so that each delegates can get personalized attention from the president and have an opportunity to shine. Within those forums, delegates will be exposed to diverse cultures and perspectives, both from King’s Academy’s own international community, and from the variety of international and regional delegates attending the conference.
At its core, MUN is about debate, and this year, the KAMUN team has worked hard to elevate the level of debate above all else. We have set up a group of specialized forums, such as the League of Nations or the Crisis Committee, two region-specific forums focused on issues in the Middle East and in East Asia, two courts with specialized procedure, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, as well as the standard MUN forums like the General Assembly and the Security Council. The wide variety of forums insures that students find topics that they are interested in, and are able to explore specific topics or issues that may not be addressed in every MUN conference.
Whatever forum delegates wish to participate in, we want them to focus on coming up with innovative and effective solutions. Last year, KAMUN’s theme – Think Small, Win Big – challenged delegates to find simple, pragmatic solutions to larger world issues. This year, we want to build on that theme with our own: “At What Cost?” We ask our delegates to consider this question as they are drafting resolutions and debating clauses – what financial, physical, social, and ethical cost are we willing to pay for an effective solution? The strongest solutions are those that consider their own consequences.
In the words of our secretary general, “When thinking about why we do MUN, it is also important to remember what MUN can give us. MUN gives us confidence, persuasion and ultimately, the skills needed to enact real change. To really learn from our MUN experiences, we cannot just passively engage and expect to grow, but rather we have to dive fully into our experience, and put all of the effort and time needed into research, preparation and involvement. Only then will MUN have meaning.”
For 7 years, KAMUN has strived to provide its delegates with a conference that can help them grow as debaters and world leaders. With a hard-working team, diverse delegates, engaging topics, small forums, and an inspiring theme, KAMUN17 hopes to be an MUN conference that has meaning.
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