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 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Garden City of Lights for a special interview with the AMUNC team.
MUNPlanet: Please introduce yourself and your conference to our community.
Hi there! We, Luanne and Fiona, are the two Directors of Delegate Affairs for AMUNC 2016! Aged 18 and 19 respectively, we are currently working hard with the rest of the Secretariat to bring you an amazing experience at AMUNC 2016. AMUNC is a MUN conference that is usually held in Australia or New Zealand, but this year, we are expanding our legacy to a new location on the map: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
MUNPlanet: Very short, for our impatient readers, why should delegates pick AMUNC over some other MUNs in the region?
Astounding, Memorable, Unique, Nurturing, Captivating.
Hey look, we just listed out what we want you to feel about AMUNC! They can even form an acronym “AMUNC”, almost as though we planned it that way hmm
MUNPlanet: This will be your 22nd edition. This puts your conference among the global MUN veterans. Impressive and congratulations! Can you tell us what have changed over the years and can we expect any MUN innovations?
AMUNC being hosted in various regions in the Australasian region certainly perceptions and experiences of participants towards MUN but definitely still retaining the mere attraction - quality of debate. This time in Kuala Lumpur, we aim to create a platform for participants in walking the talk, being able to carry out the ideas in helping the ones out there.
MUNPlanet: Tell us more about the team behind this year’s edition of AMUNC.
We are a group of students organising an international conference; although we are all Malaysians, we are scattered in various parts of the nation!
MUNPlanet: Model United Nations conferences are becoming a major global trend. In relation to the previous question, what’s the one advice you would give to MUN organizers, especially the ones who are organizing it for the first time?
Know what you’re doing and learn to love your secretariat members. Teamwork is key in organising a conference (especially one as large as this) and you need to function as a well-oiled machine to carry this enormous task.
MUNPlanet: Where do you see MUNs in next five, ten, and fifteen years?
The future can be hard to predict, but hopefully we can see it grow and expand by then! I’m even hoping that one day, we will reach a phenomenal standard that truly allows us to make the world a better place, putting our resolutions into action.
MUNPlanet: What’s the biggest advantage of attending MUN conferences in general, in your opinion?
Having the joy of debating global issues in the perspective of a country, sometimes a country that requires you to step out of your comfort zone!
Being able to improve your debating and speaking skills
Becoming more diplomatic, not only in MUN, but in everyday speech
Meeting new friends from different states and countries
Having fun socials!
Dressing up smartly ;)
MUNPlanet: How do you see new technologies, especially communities such as MUNPlanet, changing Model United Nations landscape in the coming years?
I feel that MUNPlanet has a lot to offer in terms globalizing MUN itself. The ability of social media and electronic devices has only served to amplify that fact as MUN conferences are all over the Internet. I see that in the coming years, MUN will not only become more well known but more importantly, accessible.
MUNPlanet: What’s cookin’ in the socials department? How do you plan to make this conference memorable?
Are we allowed to expose what we have up our sleeves yet? Yes? No?
Oh well, maybe we’ll just give a teaser for now. We have five socials:
Fancy a walk around particular historical sites of Kuala Lumpur?
Party, party, party!
Time to eat dinner with your new friends made in your respective committees!
Let’s give back to the community with some community service, shall we?
Pretty ballroom. Big ballroom. Grand ballroom. Dinner, yum.
MUNPlanet: No MUNer will ever forget very first MUN conference. What advice would you give to MUN beginners attending AMUNC?
Taking part in MUN for the first time may be a daunting task to some, and sometimes, even when you try to prep yourself weeks and weeks before the conference, the scary feeling will still linger around. What we can say is, don’t worry (or at least try not to worry too much). To us, the best way to experience and know MUN is to actually take part in MUN.
Don’t be afraid to stand up, don’t be afraid to speak up, don’t be afraid to mess up. Even if the look of the delegates may be intimidating, say what you have to say and make your point. Fight for your (or your country’s) beliefs, and be a delegate that would make your represented country proud.
MUNPlanet: Many might not know but world’s 4th largest mall is actually in Kuala Lumpur. Are you afraid that you might lose some of your participants?
Actually yes. After all, Fiona, despite being a Malaysian, can get lost herself in that mall.
MUNPlanet: What would be one impression that you would like your participators to leave the conference with?
Let’s end this question session with our AMUNC acronym, shall we?
AMUNC = Astounding, Memorable, Unique, Nurturing, Captivating.Luanne and Fiona, thank you for devoting your time to MUN Spotlight and telling us more about you and your conference. MUNPlanet is looking forward to your event and strongly advises all MUNers to check it out. Good luck and we wish you all the best!