Global Understanding

As a CAS activity, I am currently in MUN(Model United Nations). From the various conferences I have attended, I would like to talk about my first KMUN conference in Grade 11, which was held at KIST.

I had joined the MUN, halfway through Grade 10 and as I was still new and did not have too much experience, I did not participate in any conferences that year. However, as I take IB Geography as one of my courses and we talk about issues that are currently going around in the world. As I talk to my classmates about these current issues, I started to wonder if I could in someway use this knowledge in a conference. This is when I had decided to go to the KMUN.

At the conference I attended, I was representing Pakistan, which was a country, I did now know much about. In addition to this, the topic for my community was about the possession of nuclear weapons and the Mars mission.

For KMUN, we work with a partner and make a position paper together and we present the position papers in different assemblies. As my partner had prior knowledge on both Pakistan and the possession of nuclear weapons, he had given me his opinions on the possession of nuclear weapons in Pakistan. Later, in order to be able to perform well at the conference, I had to do some research on my own.

On the day of the conference, there were several people representing different countries and there were delegates who were representing big countries that possess nuclear weapons such as the United States. As the conference progressed, I was able to listen to several perspectives on the possession of nuclear weapons and the Mars mission of over 20 countries. As I had only done research on Pakistan before, the conference, I had a very biased perspective/opinion, as I had believed that Pakistans position is the correct one. However, as I had listened to other peoples position papers, I had started to see the overview of the topic and I was able to gain a global understanding of the issue that several countries are going through right now.

I believe that this first conference had taught me a lot. The biggest outcome of this conference was the fact that I was able to gain a bigger/wider perspective of the world. I had started to understand that it is always important to take into account several views and not be biased in order to gain a global understanding of what is currently going on in the world.

In IB Geography, this has helped me as we write essays on global issues and in my essay I have started to take in several views to show my global understanding and it is working as my scores on these essays have improved, as one of the criteria for the essays was to take into account several perspectives. The KMUN conference has benefited me in several ways and I would still like to participate in other conferences.

Above is a picture which was taken at KIST after all of the conferences ended. KMUN was a great experience for me and I wish to keep on participating in conferences to show my global understanding.

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