My name is Ahmet Furkan Ozturk and I am the responsible of this campaign, representing ILDC. I am the IT Responsible of the club as well as the chair of DISEC-GA1. Our conference was the first university-grade conference to be made in Turkey, back in 1998. Since then we have made 15 MUN`s. Conference will be held in Istanbul, just near Bosphorus. And with near, we mean you could put your feet in water.
MUNPlanet: In one sentence, tell us, why should MUNPlanet members chose GSMUN over any other MUN happening at a same time?
To experience the MUN legacy of a francophone university in the center of the world.
MUNPlanet: Turkey has a strong MUN scene in general. This being your 16th edition, it must mean you have your ways of handling competition. Can you advise other MUN organizers on how to put their conferences on the MUN map?
MUN is a serious business. An organiser should keep this in mind whereas, it is not boring. Mun has its essense of interest. It is a `sui generis` event. In an organisation, networking is highly important. Reaching other MUN communities is crucial. Thus, reaching out to the communities such as her, MUNPlanet is a good idea. Also, remember to reach out people personally if necessary. A good delegate does not grow on trees, so do everything to make them come :)
MUNPlanet: Choosing Security Over Liberty is your theme for this year’s conference. Can you tell us the story behind picking this particular one? What influenced your choice?
“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
We wanted to discuss if this quote still applies for 21st century. In a world that there is terror, fraud etc. concerns over security of safety, money, life are growing. Thus, is it acceptable to limit our freedom for our safety? This is the question and motive that led us.
MUNPlanet: You’ve covered 7 committees for this year’s edition which is a great achievement. Which of them would you recommend for beginners and which for experienced delegates?
Experienced delegations should consider our UEFA committee now that it is our `unique` committee for this year. Our chairs at that committee will be awesome, not that others aren't, but UEFA committee will have chair DIRECTLY FROM UEFA.
Beginners could choose ECOSOC or other mainstream committees as well as DISEC or SC. Though, for SC it is recommended that one should have some experience of MUN.
Also, French speaking delegates could choose our French spoken committees… wait. You know that we are the `seule` MUN that has a committee in French in Turkey, right?
Public transportation is highly developed in Istanbul so it will be no problem to see around. Also, Besiktas is in such a spot that all attractions are close no matter the direction.
MUNPlanet: Have you ever considered giving out fez instead of gavel for best delegate?
Well, that's a creative idea. We have couple of fezs laying around (I'm serious here, we do have them…), so why not:)
MUNPlanet: How would you describe GSMUN’s best delegate?
A delegate who is aware of the general politics and events throughout the globe, also has a capability to express their ideas. A delegate who could lead the committee with their actions and ideas.
MUNPlanet: Who’s in charge of making best turkish coffee for delegates in order to keep them awake for 4 days?
We will have organization team up and running for the service of coffees in all the breaks. A shout out to Begum and Irem, they are the heads of our organization who will be providing our delegates with best of the snacks and drinks.
MUNPlanet: How can the role of new technologies and new communities such as MUNPlanet affect the future of MUNs?
Networking and communications is the key for making an effect. MUNPlanet uses its base of network to reach out other communities and to tie them to each other. Thus, this kind of communities are destroying the borders between foreign MUNers.
We have plenty of events in our pockets. Delegates can be sure about that. We will make sure that delegates will see best sights in daytime, eat best meals of Istanbul when the sun is going down on Bosphorus and see the best clubs of Istanbul at nighttime. Also, there is our annual boat party, which is a signature of GSMUN.
MUNPlanet: What’s your prediction for MUN scene, what will happen and what will change in the next 5 to 10 years?
As global situation changes, the UN will change as well. Now that we are in a crisis moment in these years, changes in UN could be much faster. Thus, whole MUN concept will be adapting to the original UN.
MUNPlanet: Once GSMUN 2016 is over, what is the one sentence that you would like every delegate to leave with? ‘GSMUN 2016 was … (complete the thought)
good but…. Wish I knew that they made it in 2015 as well. Never mind 2017 is coming:)`