I have been attending to Modern United Nations club since 11th grade. As I kept on attending to the meetings I found myself being fascinated and interested about how countries have different opinions of solutions towards certain global issue, based on their cultural and religious background, international relations and their financial power. Debating with other countries with different viewpoints allows me to understand global issues being debated recently, and obtain multiple perspectives towards them, which helps me to be more open minded an unbiased.
My first MUN conference was the K MUN in November 2017. It was about whether countries should possess nuclear weapons for their self protections. As a perspective from delegation of Serbia (me), we made a resolution saying that they should not be possessed as consequences of bombing is catastrophic (not only to human beings, but also to the environment)and based on Serbia’s experiences of being bombed a depleted uranium bomb during Kosovo war. On the other hand, some other countries, mainly HICs said that they should be able to possess as nuclear weapons can function as nuclear deterrence, and can also be used as nuclear power plant, although it may cause a severe consequence on environment. Participating in this debate allowed me to understand about global debate regarding nuclear bomb, and how countries have different opinions, for example HICs tend to support possession of nuclear power plant, while LICs tend to condemn possession due to ethical and environmental factors, allowing me to understand 2 conflicting opinions.
The second MUN conference I attended was the K MUN in November 2018. The debating question was “The political and economic impact on those countries accepting asylum seekers and victims of forced migration.”. Since it was second conference I was able to confidently state out points of informations and gave suggestions when forming resolutions. I was the delegate of Bulgaria, and Bulgaria was against refugees as Bulgaria could not afford to save refugees. However, this reason did not apply to all the anti-Refugee countries, and several HICs were part of this resolution, unlike the conference in 2017. For example, Singapore was against refugees, due to its small area. Some countries were against refugees as ruling government party was right wing. Moreover, majority of countries in this resolution feared that refugees might lead to increasing unemployment for citizens, increase in crime rate, and terrorism. On the other hand, reasons for pro-refugee included human rights, and demographics, which was very common in countries with ageing population. Not only HICs were pro-refugees, but also LICs as well. This was different from issues regarding nuclear power plant, where more HICs tend to support possession of nuclear weapon while LICs condemned. Being part of this conference allowed me to understand one of the biggest world issues of refugees, and how there are variety of reasons why countries are for/against refugees, including financial power, government policy, demographics, human rights, and fear towards unemployment, crime rate, and terrorism.
Overall, being in MUN did not only help me understand Global Issues that are highly debated around the world. But, attending to conferences and debating also helped me to look at these issues from multiple perspectives, which allowed me to become open minded. Moreover, speaking in front of many people (during position paper and point of informations) allowed me to be more active speaker, while I used to be nervous of speaking in public.
Resolution made during K MUN in November 2018. Contributed as delegate of Bulgaria.