MUNPlanet: Introduce your MUN to MUNPlanet community?
Karolina: Hello to everyone! We are pleased to invite you to POZiMUN, Model United Nations conference taking place in Poznań, Poland at the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University. It's the third edition of the event. POZiMUN is organized by students, young professionals in the field of law and international relations. We're people of different backgrounds, interests, engaged in developing various passions. But what we have in common is that we all agree on the importance of initiatives like MUN as they are an undeniably unique space for young people to get the knowledge regarding international issues and practice skills necessary in every legal job. Members of our group, amazed by participation in MUN conferences, decided to implement this idea in our city, which is, by the way, considered to be the largest university city in Poland. We're thrilled to invite you to Poznań and to get to know you!MUNPlanet: For the ones in a hurry, in one sentence, why should MUNPlanet members come to POZiMUN 2015?
Karolina: We give you professionalism as we are a group of organizers experienced in participating in MUN initiatives all over the world, the promise of a well-spent time as we have loads of good energy and we are eager to make your visit here in Poznań memorable.
MUNPlanet: Can you tell us more about MUNing in Poland and how has it changed in the past several years?
Karolina: First MUNs in Poland were the high school conferences in the early 90s (POLMUN, WAWMUN, WROCMUN). Simultaneously, the idea started to spread to the university level. Now, a number of high schools and universities in Poland annually organize MUNs that already have international recognition, namely, MUNs in Warsaw, Wrocław. Things are going at its own pace, Polish students get to take part in MUN conferences and, amazed by it, start to implement the idea on their regional ground. We are sure that lots of MUNPlanet members have already had a chance to visit Poland and take part in one of our MUNs. We hope that more and more of you will come and co-create Polish MUNs with us.
MUNPlanet: POZiMUN 2015 covers various topics related to world politics, international security, and global governance. What was the rationale behind the selection of topics?
Karolina: We may enumerate a series of reasons why we decided to cover these topics, starting from not only their fundamental but also their controversial nature, to end up with personal preferences of organizers and experience gained in previous MUN conferences. By choosing those particular issues, we would also like to get to the widest possible audience.
MUNPlanet: What is the best way to get to Poznan and where should we stay? On average how much money should everyone dedicate for the conference for accommodation, socials, sightseeing tours, etc?
Karolina: Depending on which part of the world you are from, there are a few most common but also most comfortable (unless you're an ardent hitchhiker, then you will definitely find your way on your own:) ) ways of getting to Poznań: by plane directly to Poznań; to Warsaw or Berlin and then catch a train or PolskiBus. We advise you to use the website of the City of Poznań which is available in a few languages and where you can find most important information: Strona główna - Poznan.pl
As for the accommodation, in Poznań you can find a wide range of possibilities such as dormitories and hostels for affordable prices starting from 10 euro for a night. We are constantly working to provide you with an opportunity of accommodation at competitive prices.
Additionally, the participation fee includes discounts during social events, lunches etc. during the conference.
In the near future we will publish information about entertainment provided for participants during their free time. Stay tuned!
MUNPlanet: What would be the best way to prepare the traditional Polish vegetarian bigos?
Karolina: Preparing bigos, both traditional and vegetarian, is not difficult but requires several ingredients , quite a lot of patience and, in the case of the latter, willingness to experiment. Do not kid yourself, it has never been a vegetarian dish. But, as more and more Poles become vegetarians, and they simply miss this taste, a lot of vege bigos recipes have been created and they are in no way inferior to the traditional version.
Well, you will need: 1 kg of sauerkraut, 1 kg of white cabbage, 2 cups of green lentils... no, wait.
First, come to Poznań and we will show you how to do this. So that, when you will prepare bigos for your friends (and you will, believe us) you have the right idea of how to do this.
Oh, and one more thing. You see, here's the trick. We're very O.K. with all of the versions of one of our most famous dishes but please... refrain from telling our Polish grannies that you've just had bigos WITHOUT MEAT. That still hurts their feelings. Polish grannies love their grandchildren and are very concerned about their health. And it's still beyond their imagination that lentils can replace a good piece of meat. ;)
MUNPlanet: According to UN Food and Agricultural Organization, there are more than 924 million of goats living around the globe. However, Poznan is a home to two most famous ones and they are hitting their heads every noon. How did you manage to do this?
Karolina: There's of course a legend behind that, a very, very old one, but is there truly something more to say than that two goats playing with each other are just two adorable creatures? They're really about bringing people together. You will witness that once you come to Poznań. You will join the gathering of people from around the world who, after each hit, make a huge “whoa!”, the sound of enthusiasm. You see, cute things matter.
MUNPlanet: If a delegate from Poland was to veto my resolution, what would be a better response: Saying that enigma was broken by Brits or that Marie-Curie was French? And why?
Karolina: Oh, please… don't mess with Poles because you do it at your own risk! ;)
MUNPlanet: Once POZiMUN 2015 is over, what is the one sentence that you would like every delegate to leave with? ‘POZiMUN 2015 was … (complete the thought)’
Karolina: … a challenging but exciting adventure. Definitely worth coming back.'MUNPlanet: Karolina, thank you for devoting your timeMUN Spotlight and telling us more about you and your MUN. After talking to you, we can encourage our members even more to apply for a special MUNPlanet opportunity you have prepared for them. We wish you a lot of success with the upcoming conference and every next that you organize. Looking forward to talking to you soon.