This article is published as part of MUN Spotlight, a special series dedicated to Model UNs from around the globe. The aim of this series is to introduce MUNs and their organizers to our MUNPlanet audience and beyond. Today we're taking you to Athens, the city of Gods and home to PS-MUN 2016!
MUNPlanet: Please introduce your conference to our community.
Platon School Model United Nations (PS-MUN) is a three day Junior High School/ High School conference taking place on Friday March 4th to Sunday March 6th, 2016 on the premises of Platon IB World School in Athens, Greece.
MUNPlanet: In which way will PS-MUN be exceptional and unique?
The uniqueness of PS-MUN exists in its variation of countries and promotion of globalization and cultural diversity. There are participants from approximately 15 different countries from Europe, Africa and the Middle East and we expect this number to be increased year by year.
MUNPlanet: What kind of experience should participants expect?
Participants can experience three days of fruitful, innovative debates and long lasting friendships. We arrange almost everything for our esteemed participants from abroad (accommodation, transportation etc.) so that they can make the most of a professionally organized international conference.
MUNPlanet: Tell us more about this year’s committees. Did you decide to include
some special ones or you went with standard ones?
PS-MUN has 9 committees in total. There are 5 in the General Assembly and 4 Specialized Agencies. This year’s Special Conference is on Migration: A Movement for change.
MUNPlanet: Which skills do you expect delegates acquire/improve by participating in PS-MUN?
The PS-MUN Conference aims towards the sensitization and student awareness of global issues which have been debated upon in the respective organizations of the United Nations whether political, humanitarian, cultural, developmental or environmental in nature. In particular, participating students reap the benefits of: Enhanced global knowledge, and in depth knowledge of international relations as well as international bodies.
We encourage the students to:
Take action beyond their closed environment,
Improve their communication skills,
Broaden their knowledge and enhance fluency in
the English language and
Interact productively with peers from Greece
MUNPlanet: We are familiar with very long and rich history of Greece so we expect that there is a plenty to see and do. You mentioned exceptional cultural experience which got us wondering what can Athens offer us as visitors?
There are many places in Athens that students would be thrilled to experience during their stay: There is Monastiraki square, The Acropolis, Parthenon, Ancient Roman Agora (Market Place) There is a variety of museums with free entrance and you can always arrange a small day trip close to the capital city (Sounio, Epidavros, Nafplio).
MUNPlanet: MUNers are very often traveling on budget. Can you give us some tips
on how to get the most out of the experience in Athens? Tell us about the
cheapest ways to commute, eat, explore.
Athens made several changes to its infrastructure and transportation systems in time for the 2004 Olympic Games. The metro and tram systems are efficient, and can take you almost anywhere you want to go as you tour Athens. Metro stations in Athens feature free art exhibits and “mini museums” showcasing ancient artifacts uncovered during the construction of the metro line. You can use the metro from the from the airport to the city centre. The prices are reasonable. Also other metro lines cost 1.20€ for adults. When you buy this ticket, it is valid for 70 minutes. Also you can buy a 5 day ticket for 10€ and you can use that ticket with every transportation type (bus, metro, tram).
Lunch or dinner, local specialties or ethnic cuisine, traditional or innovative,Athens also offers you the choice of enjoying delicious meals without spending much. Some popular Greek cuisine can be found on the way from Syndagma to Monastiraki. There are many different places to eat in the Athens city centre.
MUNPlanet: Before anything else, MUNers come to MUNs because of meeting new
people and learning/improving their skills. What’s the biggest advantage of
attending MUN Conferences in general?
AMUN Conference is a lifelong learning process. The benefits are endless. Students are motivated to learn. They become confident and strengthen their leadership skills. They have the opportunity to practice research, enhance their public speaking skills, collaboration, negotiation and writing skills. The greatest advantage of MUN conferences is that it helps students get into colleges and universities.
MUNPlanet: On the other hand, in your opinion, what makes one MUN conference great?
As MUN directors, we believe that what makes an MUN successful, is the quality of the conference as a whole; starting from the Opening Ceremony and lobbying, ending with the debate and the General Assembly.
MUNPlanet: How do you see the future of MUNs?
As long as global issues continue to be in the forefront and have an impact on the lives of people half way across the world the Model UN will have a bright and promising future from students and young people who care about making the world a better place to live in.
MUNPlanet:In the end, what is the one thought that you want your delegates to
leave the conference with once the show is over?
It is our hope that delegates will leave our conference having enjoyed fruitful debates and a unique experience of meeting fellow peers from around the world. This will have been fulfilled by their trip at a historical city like Athens.
MUNPlanet: Thank you for devoting your time to MUN Spotlight and telling us more about you and your MUN. 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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