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 Rennes, France, the home to SPRIMUN 2016!
MUNPlanet: Please introduce yourself to MUNPlanet community and tell us more about your personal MUN path.
My name is Daphnée Roch, I am the Secretary General for SPRIMUN’s 2016 session. I am a 4th year student in political science, specializing in international affairs. My major is history and international relations, as I am interested in understanding links between countries and comprehending them from a historical perspective. SPRIMUN is in fact a platform for exercizing the shaping of these very bonds, and thus being a great opportunity for a student wanting to be exposed to the diplomatic universe early on. As a result, acting as a country’s delegate in several internal MUN simulations was a great first experience regarding diplomacy: representing Australia on the matter of protecting cultural heritage in Mali, Japan on the Iranian nuclear issue, and Norway in a simulation of the COP21.
MUNPlanet: Can you tell us, in one sentence now, why our members should not miss this edition of SPRIMUN?
The SPRIMUN team is highly motivated in bringing the best MUN experience for the participants, which is proved by the choices made and the general mood behind it: our tagline is “Join The UN Force”, one of the committees will be a very stimulating Crisis Committee, while the topics chosen for the other two are causes close to our hearts.
MUNPlanet: All organizers are aiming to make their conferences great. What is the key to organizing a remarkable MUN? Could you perhaps share in a little secret as well?
A spell from a Celtic druid from Brittany. Passion led us to find this druid.
MUNPlanet: Tell us more about the secretariat. How did you gather the organizing team?
The secretariat is composed of three persons not including the Secretary General: Gwenn is the Communication manager, Baptiste is Treasurer and Clara is responsible of Partnerships and Logistics. We are all 4th year students, with a main interest in international affairs. We all spent the previous year abroad in different continents (Europe, Asia, America). Gathering up the team was easy: I reached out to students in my university, with a meeting for those interested in joining SPRIMUN. The current team contacted me individually and assisted to the meeting, and within a set up deadline, the team was formed, and chose their responsibilities according to their preferences.
MUNPlanet: Additionally, how hard was it to select people in charge of committees?
The university’s MUN student organization, in charge of internal MUN simulations, was highly interested in chairing committees. Thus, a few of them entered in contact with SPRIMUN’s team and it was decided that all of those that wanted to be in charge of committees were qualified to do so. Additionally, we reached out to a couple of classmates that we knew could be interested in being Chairs for SPRIMUN, and their answer was positive.
MUNPlanet: Delegates are naturally the focus of every conference. Can you describe a perfect delegate for SPRIMUN?
The perfect delegate for SPRIMUN is a passionate and motivated one. Open-mindedness to other cultures and mindset is also a plus. International participants are very welcome! Furthermore, the icing on the cake would be to like crêpes (French pancakes) given that SPRIMUN takes place in the region home to them!
MUNPlanet: In relation to the previous question: Is SPRIMUN a newbie-friendly conference?
We are welcoming delegates with any level of experience. The newbies are encouraged to participate in the General Assembly, as we reserve the Crisis Committee to delegates with more MUN experience; the UN Women Committee being an in-betweener.
MUNPlanet: We know a lot of outstanding delegates from your country. Tell us more about MUNing culture and tradition in France.
There are excellent delegates from every country! More precisely in France, every political science institute has at least a student organization that manages internal simulations. Those internal simulations happen frequently, a few times per semester: this leads to delegates that have been practicing on a regular basis and improving throughout their studies. The amount of studying expected is quite high in these institutes, which reflects on the participants’ preparation before a simulation. Moreover, several MUNs exist in France, in different parts of the country: participating in a MUN is therefore easy as they are accessible to many French students given that they take place in a lot of different cities.
MUNPlanet: The opening ceremony of the SPRIMUN will take place at the City Hall of Rennes, a beautiful building built in 1734, located just in front of the great Opera. Can you tell us more about the venue and perhaps share some photos just so we know what to expect.
The City Hall of Rennes was “built for immortality” after a fire destroyed 40% of the city. The building allies neo-classicist and baroque styles. The opening ceremony will take place in the historical hall with the Secretary General and several partners of the event speaking. The speeches will be followed by a cocktail party inside the City Hall.
MUNPlanet: Rennes has placed itself at the forefront of academics and technological growth in the past couple of decades. As such, it is an attractive host city for all visitors. Can you give us your two favorite spots?
Rennes is a very beautiful city. One of our favorite spots is the place Sainte-Anne, in the historical city centre. You will discover there our typical architecture, and try our specialty: the crepes. The second spot we would recommend is the park of the Thabor: it is a landmark in Rennes and you will enjoy spending time there, admiring the nature, the birds and the fountains.
MUNPlanet: It is clear so far that there is a bright future ahead of SPRIMUN. Where do you see in the next 10 years? In addition to this, where do you see yourself in 10 years and will you be a keynote speaker at SPRIMUN 2025?
Life is full of surprises! I will see where I am in 10 years then but I hope that I will be in a peace and conflicts field of work and having a positive impact on those issues. Being a keynote speaker at SPRIMUN 2025 would be a great experience to see where SPRIMUN will be and the progress achieved.
MUNPlanet: How do you see new technologies, especially communities such as MUNPlanet, changing Model United Nations landscape in the coming years?
Today’s world is becoming more and more reliant on new technologies and the Internet. Those are tools that give more options to MUNers, and for them to go even further that they would have thought, with MUNs that are more in adequation with their wish.
MUNPlanet: There must be something you would like to add in the end. What is that one message you want to send to your future delegates?
We love you and we shall bless you with Celtic luck spells for the debates!
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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