by Netanya Gabrielle
JakartaMUN 2016 Ambassador.
I remember my first MUN like it was yesterday. In the beginning of July 2015, I was just freshly graduated from high school and was in the midst of a three-months-break before going into university. During the break, I spent almost entirely all day at home, having nothing to do and wondered if there is something a little more productive for me to do. That was the time when a friend of mine asked me whether I would like to register for JakartaMUN. I have heard about MUN a few times before, but bear in mind that during that time, I had zero idea about what the conference would actually be like. I have no idea about what MUN really is. "You'll love it. It'll be fun!", she said - and on the next day, I found myself filling in the application form.
WHAT AND WHY MUN?
That was also the question that popped up in my mind when my friend first introduced me to MUN. I was lost. I just could not picture the 'conference' in mind.
"So, like, what is this MUN thing? A role-playing game?", I asked my friend.
"You are not just playing a role. You will act as a delegate of a certain country, in the United Nations conference! Imagine yourself working in the United Nations, solving world issues. Making a resolution. Making a change. Imagine how cool is that!"
Whoa. That actually got me really interested - though I was still not 100% sure that I did understand what she was saying. I have always been wanting to work in a United Nations anyway, so why not give it a go? That time, I was completely unaware that I was signing up for something that will bring a big change to my life.
MUN or Model UN stands for Model United Nations. It can be simply defined as a simulation of the United Nations, where participants play a role of a delegate, and encouraged to discuss, debate, negotiate, resolve and develop solutions to the current issue set on the United Nations agenda. MUN is the place for you, young diplomats, to feel how is it really like to be in the United Nations. It is designed to be the exact same as the United Nations. It's the place for you to feel the tense, the excitement, and the awesomeness! - if that's even a word. MUN is also the right place for you to socialize with bright-minded young people from all around the world. It does not only enhance your knowledge, but you can also expand your network!
So, there is actually something like that here in Indonesia?
The answer is yep. Yes, yes. MUN, in fact, has spread across US, Europe, East and South Asia, Middle East, and North Africa in recent decades. Did I already say that joining MUN took my life to the next level? And that started with Jakarta Model United Nations 2015. My first ever MUN experience. It was a thrilling yet a wonderful experience. Truly unforgettable.
JAKARTA MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Jakarta Model United Nations, or known as JMUN, is one of the biggest MUN conference in Indonesia. JMUN is hosted by Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS), and held every year in the capital city of Indonesia. JMUN offers varied choices of councils, and last year, I was accepted as the delegate of the Phillippines in FIFA council. JMUN15 was where I finally understand the whole concept of MUN - how it goes, and how it ends. Let's say, JakartaMUN gave me the whole package of the best conference. Started with a well-organized opening ceremony, where there was a panel discussion with Indonesian politics experts, and a flashmob by the committees, where us delegates were welcomed with flower necklaces. Oh, and did I mention that in MUN, you will also dress up like a real diplomat? Suit up, and put your best dress on because you are here, representing a country. Everything was fun from the start, and here comes the real deal on the next day: the committee session. Committee sessions were exciting and intense. I was a first-timer, and sitting next to me was a Harvard MUN delegate. It was intimidating at first, but believe me you'll be just fine. Moreover, JMUN was the place where I met a lot of brilliant people, who also happened to know how to party. Yes, JMUN also served the delegates well with the social events and after party. No, you're not reading it wrong. There is an actual after party on the awarding night. To sum everything up, I could say that I have no regret joining JakartaMUN. If you have passion in international matters, politics, or simply wanting to enhance your public speaking and diplomatic skill, do not hesitate to register for JakartaMUN. It is also one thing that I like from JakartaMUN, because they welcome both beginners and advanced MUN-ers, so it's the perfect place for you to start your MUN journey. Never worry about being not good enough, because I, and everyone else, also started MUN from zero.
Step up your game, be a delegate; join Model United Nations.