MUN – Model United Nations

I will tell you guys my MUN experience. First of all, I will give you some questions about what exactly MUN is. Do you know MUN stands for? Do you curious what exactly MUN established for? What should you do in MUN? Should I join MUN? Is it okay joining MUN for the first-timer like me? Which skill I have to improve to join MUN? If you are wondering about those questions, please read my story carefully and fully.

So, everyone here is the story. MUN stands for Model United Nations. Have you ever heard about MUN? If no, MUN is the United Nations simulation. All we do in MUN is as same as the United Nations do. We talk about global issues. What happen in the whole world? What problem that country has been facing and how to solve it? If the country could not solve it, then the United Nations will help them to solve their problem(s). That is UN established for.

Basically in the real UN, we can speak with our own language because the UN provides the translator for each country into the official language in UN, English. So, in MUN, we must speak English, for this is only simulation and the organizer did not provide the translator.

What should we do in MUN? well, we debate each delegate to solve the problem. We discuss about global issues. We represent our country in the UN conference.

Rule and policy every MUN is different. well, mine, when I was joining IMUN, we used “harvard style” What is Harvard style? The rule of MUN, for example during MUN we cannot use our media electronic for sure. In other MUN, some of them allow their delegates to use their gadgets, but in Harvard style, we couldn’t use kind of them.

We entered MUN committee session.

Well, before starting the committee, the chair will ask for having a roll call. Roll call is similar to attendance delegate in the committee. From country A to Z, the chair will ask one by one. How to check their attendance? The chair will ask delegate to vote whether “present and voting” or just “voting”. Well, it really doesn’t matter if you choose just “voting” or “present and voting” you still have to speak during the committee. So what exactly function of roll call? In the end of the conference, you will vote for Draft Resolution. If you choose “voting” you can say favor, against or abstain. But, if you choose “present and voting” you must vote favor or against, you cannot choose abstain. The is the difference between those. So, What should I choose “present and voting” or just “voting”? Well, it depends on your country’s policy. How do I know if my country in favor or against? You have to do research more:)

Next, after rolling call, at first, if the council has more than 1 topic they will ask which topic should be discussed first by voting. For example: 1st topic is Ensuring Proper Waste Management in South Asia and 2nd topic is Attaining Equal Access to Education & Health Services in Rural Area. The chair: first topic that we should discuss is Ensuring Proper Waste Management in South Asia, for those in favor please raise your placards. If we want to discuss it first, we raise placard, then the chair will be count whoever wants to have 1st topic to be discussed first. But, if the total all of delegates are 30, who have voted only 27, automatically the chair will ask for those in against(which means other delegate did not want to discuss 1 topic). However, if in favor greater in number, still the first topic to be discussed first.

After choosing the topic, the chair will ask for the motion. For example, I am as delegate of Australia. The chair: now, we move to open the motion, is there any motion on the floor please raise your placard. me: *raise my placard* delegate of Australia wants to have motion (IMPORTANT: you cannot immediately speak about your motion until the chair recognize you). the chair: yes, delegate of Australia (it means you have been recognized by the chair). me: delegate of Australia wants to talk about “Does South Asia has sophisticated waste treatment tool?” the chair: agree. is there any motion on the floor? *if no one has motion, the the chair will vote my motion. If all delegates agree with my motion, then the chair will open the debate, and motion’s passed.

However, before going to debate session, the chair will open for General Speaking List(GSL). FYI, GSL is important for those who really want to talk about their country problem. GSL is limited. So my advice if we want to be a part of GSL, we have to immediately raise our placard. (IMPORTANT: if you already raise your placard, do not immediately turn it down until the chair recognize you). People might say GSL is precious chance, you won’t miss it for sure^-^

After GSL, we move to Moderated Caucus(MC)/formal debate. Again, the chair will vote to open the debate. Every delegate has to vote yes, if no, lol what are you doing in MUN?. Then the debate starts. In MC, we talk about the motion that I already given at first. How to debate? for example, me: Delegate of Australia wants to say that South Asia is developing country, so there is no sophisticated treatment for them, however, we want every develop country to give a sophisticated treatment for South Asia. so, United States of America(as develop country): USA believes that a sophisticated treatment is not enough for South Asia, for maybe in their environment did not support or suit with the treatment. And so on~

After having an MC, other delegate willing to raise motion to suspend the meeting. If all delegate agree, then we have break.

There are many motions in MUN. These three take place at the beginning only. 1. Motion to open the floor (roll call takes place)
2. Motion to set the agenda> To set which what topic should be discussed first. For example, delegate of Australia want to set the agenda in topic “Does South Asia has a sophisticated waste treatment”.
3. Motion to set the speaker’s time> We have to specifically give time should be given during the conference. For example, Delegate of Australia want to set the speaker in topic “Does South Asia has a sophisticated waste treatment” in 10/1 (which means 10 mins in total min and 1 min speak will be given by 10 delegates) . And many more.. Sorry I’m lazy to write the rest of them:((((((( please kindly check link below, I’ll share it.

Rules of Procedure

My MUN Experience

Hello, people! This is my first time on WordPress. I would love to write My MUN Experience in two languages, English and Bahasa so that many people will be understood. Plus, if you see {I will be explaining this in the next story about “MUN”} below that means I have to explain more about that in the MUN section specifically.

Actually, there are so much an MUN event which held both domestic and international with different names. Well, mine, I joint the IMUN (International Model United Nations) conference last month on November in Malaysia. It was my first time join MUN. I was so super excited at first. I have no idea why I want to join MUN, but one thing for sure is I want to have an experience. Well, honey we cannot buy an experience, right? So that I once asked my friends to join MUN as well. Unfortunately, some of them could not in. I went to Malaysia with my buddies: Candra and Abi (thank you guys for saying yes to this, love yall). They were there as first timer as well. So, without further ado let’s get the story started! IMUN held three days in private university in Malaysia.

My LOA

First day coming IMUN.

We picked up by the organizer in the Kuala Lumpur City Central station at 9 a.m. We arrived in Taylor’s University by bus at 10 a.m. First agenda was opening ceremony at 10.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. Then, we had lunch (buffet). All the food was halal and delicious. I ate in University’s vibe. woohoo! I was shocking when I was around there. I have something in mind “I could not imagine when I go to college abroad. It will be going so much fun. Learn with friends in the green park. Enjoy the air. People here are amazing! I want to go college abroad!!!”

Next, we have MUN 101 & Zero Conference at 1 p.m. We started talking about what MUN exactly here. in MUN, we talk about the rule and policy. Important, every organizer have different rule and policy, however they must relate to United Nations rules and policy> {I will be explaining this in the next story about “MUN”}. in Zero Conference, we talked about what we should do when committee starts. What is committee? Committee is a small group of people chosen to represent a larger organization and either make decisions or collect information for it (Cambridge dictionary). Then, we have a tea break before going to have first committee.

I got Australia T_T

First Committee in the first-day MUN. Opening ceremony, 1 committee.

Firstly, I want you guys to know in the UN, they have many councils. But, in IMUN, we have World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Security Council (UNSC), International Court of Justice (ICJ), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCF). [tbh, I GOT GOOSEBUMPS WHILE WRITING THOSE COUNCIL] I chose UN Development Programme (UNDP). Do not ask me how nervous I am, extremely. I really have no idea guys what I was going truly to say. T_T (Tips: you should do research as much as you can) thankfully, my chair explained very details of what we should do in the committee session. Each committee is presided over by a Chairperson (or Chair), whose role it is to keep the debate running. Most of us were first-timer, so our chair explained very details. So, in the UN, basically, they have two delegates to represent their country. But, in IMUN this time, they only have one delegate to represent their country. A delegate is a person sent or authorized to represent others, in particular, an elected representative sent to a conference (Oxford dictionary). Remember this is UN simulations, so we have to pretend like representing our country at the UN conference. Although I chose Indonesia and Switzerland, I got Australia to represent off. So, we started our first committee. In UNDP, there were two topics that we should discuss: Ensuring Proper Waste Management in South Asia and Attaining Equal Access to Education & Health Services in Rural Area. Before starting, the chair would like to have a roll call by voting first whether we present and voting or just present> {I will be explaining this in the next story about “MUN”}. We asked by the chair to choose which topic that should be discussed first. We chose first topic by voting and raising placard either against or favor. But, all delegates in favor chose first topic to be discussed first. After choosing the topic, delegates will be asked by the chair to raise motion. Motion is a specific action made by delegates to direct debate in a certain direction. There are many motions in MUN, again>{I will be explaining this in the next story about “MUN”}. After that, the chair asked all of us if we want to be part of general list> {I will be explaining this in the next story about “MUN”}. People might say General Speaking List (GSL) is a very chance for those to represent their country, and GSL is LIMITED. Then, we entered a session called “formal debate” or moderated caucus. Here we were talking about the motion which has raised by other delegate before. Then, we did argue about the solution for South Asia and so on. Unfortunately, time was up, so we have to continue next morning. I went home by bus with my buddies.

my day1

Day 2 – this was gonna be tough guys! Imagine, I’d have 3 committee sessions in a day.

So, as same as before, Every committee will start with a roll call first to choose whether want to “present and voting” or only just “voting”. Then, the chair asked all of us to raise new motion. Anyway, I was so happy because I was part of GSL. Thank God, I was braving myself to raise my placard when the chair asked “For those who want to be a part of GSL, please raise your placard” I went to the in front of the hall to talk about problem in Australia in 1min 30s. What a nervous^-^ then, we entered to the formal debate. Thankfully, other delegate asked to the chair to have an informal debate which means unmoderated caucus in 15mins. In unmoderated caucus, we talk diplomacy to other delegates and think about which blog that we have to in>{I will be explaining this in the next story about “MUN”}. After having an unmoderated causes followed by committee 3. Again, we have a roll call, then, raise motion, be part of GSL, and start the debate. In the end of committee 3, delegate of Philippines raise motion to suspend the meeting. So, we have a lunch at 1 p.m. After lunch, we still had one committee to go. *Fighting* in the last of committee 4, we have to find and decide which blog that we should in. Basically, one blog is enough, however, we have different thoughts so we all delegates decide to have two blogs during conference. Day two has finished, we continue it the next day.

My fellow delegates

Day three in IMUN. Still having 2 committee to go. Fighting! Closing ceremony.

As usual, we started the committee by having a roll call, but this time is different. There was no motion to open the debate and GSL. We were focusing on making a draft resolution. We only given around 20mins to make it:( Luckily, my team was awesome especially our sponsor delegate of Philippines. Sponsor is the country contributed many ideas (+-). After done with draft resolution, our sponsor which were delegate of Philippines and delegate of Antigua and Barbuda presented our blog to the other blog and the chair. Each blog has to present their blog anyway. So, we moved to the last committee which was committee 6. Finally! After having a presentation, we entered a amendment session>{I will be explaining this in the next story about “MUN”}. In the end of the last committee, we were voted again about the draft resolution that we’re gonna use to solve South Asia’s problem. I was “present” in the roll call, so I could vote either yes, no or against the draft resolution. So, I was super regret when the first blog (my other blog, I was blog 2) voted, I agreed to their draft resolutionT_T I should choose “NO”. however, the voting was 12 saying “yes”, 10 “no”, 1 “against” so the chair did not need to vote for the second blog. First blog won:(((((((((((((( I went the flat to changed our suit and tie into traditional dress. I wore kebaya:). The last agenda at IMUN, we have closing ceremony. which in this agenda, we have cultural night (many countries had participate in IMUN, so they have to perform their culture) and awards session. I got nothing but an experience in IMUN. yey! —the end—

Mohon maaf ya kalo bahasa Indo nya kurang baku dan disingkat2 😦 langsung aja mulai My MUN Experience.

Sebenernya MUN itu event conference yang banyak diselenggarakan baik dalam negeri maupun luar negeri. Tapi yang aku ikutin ini MUN internasional (gaya bgt). Aku ikut IMUN ini pas di Malaysia bulan november kemarin. Kali pertamanya ikut ginian guys jd seneng bgt:D Jangan tanya kenapa ikut MUN, ya sederhana alesannya pengen dpt pengalaman aja. Ohya banyak bgt yg bilang ikut MUN ini dikhususin anak HI aja, eits guys aku anak pendidikan kok, emang sih rata2 yg ikut ini anak2 HI pasti. Ya karna MUN ini berhubungan dgn diplomatik. Aku ikut IMUN ini bertiga sm temen kelas kuliah ku. Jadi lgsg mulai aja yaaa!!

IMUN ini diselenggarakan di Univ swasta di Malay selama 3 hari lamanya~..

Hari pertama ikut IMUN itu agendanya ofc Opening ceremony, MUN 101&zero conference, 1 komite.

Pertama2, yg harus kalian tau kalo di PBB itu banyak konsil nya, ada UNICEF, WTO, WHO, UNDP, UN WOMEN, ICJ, UNSC dan lain2. [kalo boleh jujur guys, aku tu ngetik konsil2 itu merinding bgt karna saking beratnya pembahasan2 di PBB] Aku pilih UNDP karna menurutku gak seberat konsil2 yg lain:( Jgn tanya gugup gak, GUGUP BGT WOY PARAH! Gak tau mau ngmg apa kurangnya persiapanku:( tp alhamdulillah, ketua a.k.a chairperson di PBB ngejelasin apa yg harus diomongin selama komite karna kebanyakan dari kita itu first-timer yg ikut IMUN ini^-^ Setiap komite pasti ada Chair-nya karna Chair ini yg memandu kita selama berlangsungnya komite. Sebenernya di PBB itu yg mewakili negara ada 2 orang, dan simulasi PBB lainnya juga ada yg 2 orang dari suatu negara, tp di IMUN ini cmn 1 orang perwakilan setiap negara. Nah, setiap perwakilan ini namanya Delegasi guys, bukan anggota atau apapun ya. Kudu di inget kalo ini tuh simulasi PBB jadi kita bener2 harus bertindak sebagai perwakilan negara kita. Pas awal2 daftar IMUN ini, aku pilih negara Switzerland dan Indonesia tp dapetnya malah Australia (Info nih: jd sebelum daftar simulasi PBB ini kita harus milih negara apa yg mau diwakilin sama kita. boleh kok kalo pilih negara kita sendiri, misal: Aku pilih konsil UNDP mewakili Indonesia tp jgn harap kalo bakal dpt, soalnya dipilih random sama penyelenggaranya:D). Jadi mulai aja ya komitenya, pertama2 di UNDP ini ada 2 topik yg harus dibahas yg mana 2 topik ini emg masalah yg lagi hangat2nya terjadi. topik pertama itu Memastikan Pengelolaan Limbah di Asia Selatan, topik kedua adalah Mencapai Akses yang sama ke Layanan Pendidikan & Kesehatan di Wilayah Pedesaan. Sebelum mulai komite, biasanya komite yg dipimpin oleh Chair akan mengabsen/ Roll Call setiap negara, cara absennya gimana? nah cara absennya, kita kudu angkat plakat(nanti nonton video dibawah ya, ada aku lg angkat plakat:P) trus bilang “present and voting” atau “voting” aja. Nah “present and voting” dan “voting” ini apa sih?>{nanti baca di pembahasan khusus MUN aja yaak:p} karna aku mewakili Australia, jd negaraku kedua paling depan yg dipanggil setelah negara Antigua and Barbuda. degdegan woy! lanjut setelah absen, kita diminta sama ketua untuk pilih topik apa yg kudu dibahas pertama kali, kan td ada 2 topik tu, kita harus pilih salah satu untuk dibahas dulu. Cara pilihnya nanti si Chair ini akan menyebutkan topiknya, kalo pada setuju angkat plakat, dan ternyata semuanya setuju. akhirnya terpilihlah topik pertama yg dibahas duluan. Setelah memilih topik, para delegasi akan diminta oleh Chair untuk menaikan motion. Motion itu memberikan pendapat gitu dah kalo gak salah ya intinya motion itu ada banyak, tp kalo motion setelah menentukan topik, berarti delegasi pengen bahas sesuatu dan bebas asal related to the topic, contohnya delegasi Australia mengajukan motion untuk mendiskusikan “Hal apa saja yang telah dilakukan Asia Selatan dalam mengelola limbah mereka” dll. Setelah menentukan motion dengan voting (setiap kegiatan di simulasi PBB ini atau bahkan di sidang PBBnya langsung harus ada voting(favor/against)), Chair akan membuka untuk General Speaking List (GSL). Bagi negara manapun yang ingin membicarakan permasalahan mereka yg berhubungan dgn tema, GSL adalah tempat terbaik untuk meluapkannya. Kesempatan untuk bisa masuk GSL itu TERBATAS, harus cepet2an sama negara lain karena dari Chair-nya diberi kuota gitu. Setelah dapet GSL, kita masuk ke Moderated Caucus(MC)/formal debate nih guys. seru bgt yaa:) tp fyi, debate di PBB ini bukan kyk debat biasanya. Contoh debatnya tu, perwakilan suatu negara menyampaikan mosinya tetapi negara lain tidak terima, saling adu argument gitu, seru bgt dah liatnya:D. Tapi karena waktu komite pertama kita sudah abis, kita lanjut besok. Lalu, aku pulang dengan kawanku guys.

Hari kedua di IMUN. Agenda kita kali ini adalah memiliki 3 komite (banyak woy btw, capek beut mikir), dan sesi diplomatik.

Jadi, sama seperti sebelumnya guys, setiap komite itu diawali dengan absen seluruh negara yg berpartisipasi dalam konferensi itu dengan memilih mau “present and voting” atau hanya “voting”. Lalu, Chair nya minta kita untuk mengajukan mosi dan diikuti pembukaan GSL. Alhamdulillah guys, aku dengan segala kegugupanku, ku angkat plakat ku untuk bisa menjadi bagian GSL. tp gugup bgt karena harus ngmg +- 1 setengah menit ngmg di depan hadapan Chair dan co-chair dan para delegasi lainnya yg mereka tu bhs Inggrisnya udh kyk native karna di suatu ruangan itu bukan cmn dari Indo aja, apalg ngmg di depan delegasi Filipina yg hebatnya wow bgt, aku hanya rempahan krupuk:( Lalu, kita memasuki MC/formal debate. Ditengah-tengah komite, ada delegasi yg mengajukan mosi untuk dpt Unmoderated Caucus(UMC)/informal debate. Bedanya apa sm MC? bedanya adalah kalo UMC ini tidak dipimpin oleh Chair. Kita boleh keliling2 ruangan tp gaboleh keluar ruangan yak, bicara diplomatik, lobi negara dll. (penting: di MUN, kita bener2 gak boleh ngmg sm delegasi lainnya, bahkan sebelahan aja gak bolehT_T. salah satu cara kita berkomunikasi dgn yg lain adalah dengan surat. cie surat2an haha. Cara ngirim suratnya gmn? nanti bakal ada pengantar surat kok. kita tinggal tulis pesan di kertas dan tujuannya ke delegasi mana trus tinggal diangkat suratnya, kyk ngangkat plakat aja nanti note-deliver nya bakal dtg ke kalian ambil surat kalian:D seru bgt kan?) di UMC, kita bicara tentang diplomatik(cara negara lain memecahkan masalah yg berkaitan dgn topik) kita lobi mereka dengan cara berkerjasama untuk memecahkan masalah dan di UMC biasanya kita juga menentukan blog gitu. Blog itu kita cari yg sesuai dengan kebijakan negara kita jgn sampe kita lupa kalo kita tu mewakilkan negara kita (contohnya: Kita berkewarganegaraan Amerika dan kita mewakili negara Suriah. Tapi kita memilih blog dimana isinya mereka ingin terus melakukan penyerangan pada negara Gaza. Kan gak mungkin kita sebagai perwakilan negara Suriah mengikuti blog yg mana isinya ingin terus melakuan penyerangan pada negara Gaza kan? kita harus mengikuti blog dimana isinya adalah cara agar Gaza tidak ada penyerangan lagi dan sebagainya). Setelah UMC, kita lanjut ke komite 4, absen negara, mengajukan mosi, pembukaan GSL, dan mulai debat. Lalu, seperti yg saya bilang sebelumnya bahwa mengajukan mosi ada banyak>{nanti baca di pembahasan khusus MUN aja yaak:p} delegasi Filipina mengajukan mosi untuk mengakhiri pertemuan, divoting dan semuanya setuju, mosi diterima, kita istirahat makan siang jam 1. Setelah makan siang, kita punya 1 komite lagi. Di komite kali ini, kita sudah harus menentukan blog yang mana yg sesuai dgn negara kita. Sebenernya di MUN 1 blog aja sudah cukup, bagaimanapun setiap negara memiliki pandangan yg berbeda. Jadi, konferensi kemarin kita punya 2 blog. aku blog kedua bersama dengan team hebat apalagi ketua timnya nih:D. Selesai komite 4, kita lanjut pada pembicaraan diplomatik semua konsil di satukan di ruangan, sebenernya kita bicara pengalaman orang2 diplomat aja sih. Selesai hari kedua. lanjut besok

sesi UMC dan blog ku:))
Lunch kita +- enak makannya:D btw ni duduk sm Chair ICJ woy! keren bgt gak sih dia tu?
Betenya dengerin orang ngmging diplomasi.

Hari terakhir. Agenda kali ini adalah 2 komite yg harus kita lalui dan closing ceremony.

Seperti biasa, mulai komite dengan absen. tp kali ini tidak ada pengajuan mosi untuk membuka debat karena kemarin sudah ditutup dan tidak ada GSL. kita akan fokus pada pembuatan draft resolution(DR). apasih DR tu? singkatnya adalah semua solusi yg akan kita ajukan ke PBB untuk mengatasi masalah pegelolaan limbah di Asia Selatan. Kita dikasih waktu 20menit sm Chair untuk buat DR itu guys, imagine it! huh untungnya ketua timku hebat bgt keren bgt ganteng bgt, lop u! wkwk. lebih jelas DR itu apa please >{nanti baca di pembahasan khusus MUN aja yaak:p} Setelah buat DR, setiap sponsor di DR akan mempersentasikan inti isi dari blog kita. Sponsor itu negara yg berkontribusi banyak pada blog. nah sponsor kita itu delegasi Filipina(ketua yg wow itu) dan delegasi Antigua dan Barbuda. Setiap blog harus mempersentasikan blog mereka. Jadi, kita sekarang memasuki komite 6. Akhirnya! Setelah persentasi, kita memasuki sesi amandemen. Apa itu amandemen dalam MUN? apa aja jenis amandemen?> >{nanti baca di pembahasan khusus MUN aja yaak:p} Setelah melawati amandemen, kita masuk pada peresmian pengajuan blog kita dengan voting lagi. Sebelumnya, aku memilih “present” pada saat absen. Jadi aku boleh memilih antara setuju, tidak atau golput. Nah, aku bener2 nyesel bgt pas voting pengajuan blog ke1(aku blog ke2) aku malah pilih setuju dengan pengajuan blog mereka (bebas sih sbenernya, tpkan kasihan sm blogku, kita jd kehilangan 2 suara untuk dukung mereka). Akhirnya dengan voting 10 setuju, 8 tidak setuju(blogku semua) dan 1 golput. T_T karna banyak yg memilih blog ke1, Chair tidak memerlukan voting untuk blog ke2, karna sudah mendapati jawabannya. Blog pertama menang deh akhirnya:((((( Stelah selesai komite, alhamdulillah. Kita balik lagi ke apartemen tempat kita singgah selama 4 hari itu untuk ganti baju. karna kitakan pake setelan gitu kyk orang2 penting dah:D Agenda terakhir adalah malam budaya. Dikarenakan yg berpartisipasi pada IMUN ini bukan hanya orang Indo, tp bnyk bgt negara Asean yg ikut dan Eropa juga ada(ada bebepku ehh) Aku pake kebaya modern guys:D. nah di Malam budaya ini kita menampilkan budaya tradisional2 yg ada di negara kita(perwakilan aja si setiap negara).Ada penghargaan juga (bebepku dan ketua blog ku menang karna outstanding, hebat kann^-^ trus yaudah deh selesai kita poto2. Selesaiiiiii~~

My fellow delegates in UNDP
Semua delegasi yang berasal dari Indonesia. banyak yaa kita:D
seluruh delegasi dan panitia IMUN.
Ketua blogku ganteng bgt yakk:D jgn salfok sama yg pink.
Cultural night
Video singkat kegiatan IMUN kemarin

If you are still wondering and want to ask me something, please leave a comment below! Thank you~

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