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Lenka: Since the MuniMUN is located in very authentic Czech city, our delegates can enjoy the vibes of Brno together with activity they enjoy the most MUNing and witness the birth of MUN tradition, which hopefully stays with us for decades.
MUNPlanet: Finding a good team to organize an MUN, especially the first edition of it, is often considered a herculean task. Can you tell us more about how the organizing team came together?
Lenka: Most of our team members were attending MUNs as delegates or chairs before. Since we have many passionate MUNers in our organizing team, it was very easy to put them all together. Because MUNs do not have a long tradition in the Czech Republic it was our dream to start one on our own. Even though it is not always easy, we are very excited about bringing the MUN experience we know from different countries to Brno and care about the MuniMUN as our beloved child.
MUNPlanet: How is this MUN Conference different from others out there? What kind of experience should we expect?
Jana:Unlike the huge conferences with hundreds of delegates, MuniMUN is a small-scale conference, where delegates can truly enjoy their experience and carry suggestions and position of their countries. Needless to say they will adore Brno and spirit of Masaryk University.
MUNPlanet: New Security Challenges after the Cold War is certainly a hot topic. Did any of the recent events from the political sphere influence your decision to pick this topic as the main?
Lenka&Jana: The challenges the world is facing nowadays are greater than ever before. We can feel tension in our own country and we believe the more these topics will be discussed the more likely we will find the solution.
Just to give a concrete example the European nations feel threatened by the inflow of refugees from different cultural and religious background. The civil society is boiling and the political elite does not have a formula to solve the crisis.
Another example could be the tension between the USA and Russia and how it reflects on what atmosphere in our homeland. While there were NATO troops passing through the Northern and Eastern Europe there was not only a big group of supporters of West welcoming them, but also proRussian groups who were against the march. Furthermore, we are experiencing what some call the Second Cold War, where West and Russian propaganda stand against each other.
The last but not least, the international relations course at Masaryk University specializes at global security; hence it was obvious choice to harmonize orientation of our school with the main topic of the first conference.
MUNPlanet: As we’ve seen, you have decided to go with some of the standard committees. Under what criteria are the committees selected and have you considered some other options as well?
Jana: MUNs are not well known in the Czech Republic. Consequently, we believe that as an introduction of MUN for many of new delegates it would be the best to present them the standard committees. To include some more “exotic” committees we were thinking to have the crisis committee, but at the end of the day we decide to go with the ICJ to show our close cooperation with ELSA (European Law Students Association). In case there were more applications than expected, we might open another committee.
MUNPlanet: Masaryk University is one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic. Can you tell us more about the MUN culture at the uni?
Lenka: The history of MUN culture at Masaryk University is rather short. Until very recently we have not had a MUN society that would connect all of the students interested in this activity. Even though the members of our team attended MUNs in many different countries and cities such as Oxford, Westminster, Berlin, Rabat and many others as delegates or chairs. We are very proud of all of them for their great accomplishments abroad and look forward for many others which we can achieve as a delegation. For the future we believe our society will grow.
MUNPlanet: What do you think about MUNPlanet as a digital platform for knowledge exchange and a gathering place of MUNers from around the world?
Lenka: We believe MUN Planet is a very useful and effective tool, which is providing young individuals as well as societies interested in an international relations and Model United Nations to meet likeminded people and develop further their passion. It is very simple, but works extremely well. We are really grateful to get the opportunity to be part of it.
MUNPlanet: Besides being the judiciary centre of Czech Republic, Brno is famous for its history heritage, especially Spilberk Castle, which is dominating city’s skyline. When it comes to sightseeing, what are the spots we should not miss during our stay?
Jana: There is much more than only Spilberk Castle. We have the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul, functionalist villa Tugendhat, mysterious catacombs or real dragon, which was killed in Brno and is now exhibited at Brno’s city hall. There are many places where you can enjoy a great view over the city. We would definitely recommend the Planetarium on the Cow Hill, the City Hall Tower or one of the towers of Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral. Brno is also city of museums. You name it, we have it. MuniMUN delegates can explore countless variation of different museums.
MUNPlanet: Perhaps the biggest selling point of Brno are the prices. The city is considered to be two times cheaper than the country’s capital, Prague. What are the biggest expenses for the delegates once they come to the conference?
Jana: In general, Czech Republic is a very affordable country especially compared to Western Europe. There should not be anything particularly expensive. Our delegates can enjoy beer for 1 Euro or travel to three capitals (Bratislava, Prague, Vienna) in less than two hours and for less than 10 Euro. Brno simply has a very strategic position and is open to everyone!
MUNPlanet: Czechs are famous for their specific sense of humour, very funny but cruel at the same time. Can you tell us some joke that to prove this claim?
Lenka&Jana: Let’s try:
A woman picks up result of medical examination of her husband.
Doctor: “ I am very sorry for this inconvenience, but we mixed up results of two of our patients. One of them was your husband. He has either AIDS or Alzheimer.
MUNPlanet: Being birthplace of beer, we cannot visit Czech Republic without enjoying the glass or two. Is Starobrno really that good, or we have to keep searching?Woman: “ Oh my God! What should I do now doctor?Doctor: “ I have an idea. Take your husband to outskirt of the city and leave him there. If he returns, stop having sex with him!”
Lenka&Jana: It all depends on everyone’s taste. If you like lager, StaroBrno has a lot to offer. Especially the extra hoppy “Drak” (Dragon) is something you should try while staying in Brno. However, if you are up to some experimenting, there are loads of pubs offering various brews from small Czech craft breweries including Brno’s Lucky Bastard, Hauskrecht and Pegas.
MUNPlanet: Final impressions matter the most. What is the one sentence, one impression, you would like everyone to leave the conference with?
Lenka: Even though our team organizes an MUN for the first time we would be glad if the attendees felt that everything was well arranged and went smoothly. And most importantly – that they had a lot of fun and it was a great experience.
MUNPlanet: Lenka and Jana, thank you for devoting your timeMUN Spotlight and telling us more about you and your MUN. We believe that quite a few people will now want to come to attend MuniMUN and stry Starobrno. MUNPlanet is looking forward to your conference and strongly advises all MUNers to check it out. Until our next chat.