Since our last conference in 2011, MUN has now developed into an integral component of the co-curricular program at NAIS, and for many students, a strong pillar of their high school careers. It was therefore our pleasure to host NAISMUN III, a platform through which students could discuss, debate, and expand their global perspectives, recognise the reasons why world leaders make certain choices, and subsequently question the implications of choices.
This year, the NAISMUN III Secretariat decided on Freedom as the theme of the conference. Freedom is a concept applicable in various scopes, such as but not limited to speech, movement and suffrage. We acknowledge that the lack of freedom is the cause of many armed conflicts and moral disputes around the world. It is an imminent problem that is in need of a solution, or rather, solutions, that delegates were able to arrive at by the end of the day. NAISMUN provided an opportunity for delegates to develop a critical mindset and therefore reflect on how to act upon the problems they face when it's their turn to do so in the near future.
The NAISMUN conference was truly a valuable experience for me. As Secretary General I was responsible for organising a wide range of aspects of the conference, ranging from catering to printing. With the help of a committed Secretariat, this process was streamlined and we were able to host a memorable event on Saturday the 19th of November.
The day began with the Secretariat, admins and press team arriving at 7 am to set up and do a final check of the set up we had in place. By 8.30am, the keynote speaker, directors and delegates were all seated in the IB academy ready for the conference to begin. As Secretary-General, I had the honour of delivering the opening speech, and also introducing our principal Mrs Wallace to welcome our guests. This was followed by a performance of the IB choir, and a 20-minute keynote speech on leadership from our speaker Professor Warwick John Fahy. The delegates were then split off into their respective committees to embark on the business of the day, debate followed.
I believe that the mark of a good leader is their ability to overcome unexpected challenges and obstacles. Although we did experience slight printing issues and a lower number of delegates than had registered, we devised plausible solutions that enabled the conference to proceed smoothly. I think this was a very valuable learning experience for me as I was able to challenge myself and develop various skills, whether that is through public speaking, or ensuring that the day was able to run smoothly by preparing everything that was required. This aided me in adopting a holistic approach to consider a problem, which I can undoubtedly apply in my day-to-day life. I also had the opportunity to develop my people management and team-working skills all the way from the conception of the idea of hosting the conference to the actual execution.
On behalf on the Secretariat, I would like to thank everyone for attending and it’s our belief that they all had a valuable learning experience and are looking forward to NAISMUN IV.
Committee Chair’s Report
NAISMUN for me was an experience unlike no other. This event was my 4th conference and my first opportunity to chair a committee. Among the dozens of delegates I met, each and every single one was enthusiastic, caring, intelligent, and empowering. There is nothing I would change about this conference even if I could. The hard-working staff and students who were responsible for organizing this conference spent countless hours of their personal time to provide their skills and services to contribute to a worthwhile cause.
We can all take memories home from this experience. We learn from our mistakes, witness true leadership, and have an overall better understanding of global issues. Not everything was perfect, but it was certainly a step in the right direction. From this past Saturday, we can identify and reflect on what we did well, and aspects that need improvement to further develop our skills and abilities to help guide our path to a greater future.
Each resolution is a story of its own. We acknowledge an issue, and develop and amend solutions to resolve the issue. Within my committee, we passed 2 out of 3 resolutions. Together, we presented some amazing stories today. All of which were strong, moving, and different in their own ways. Not only was the debate an amazing source of entertainment, but we can retain the skills we developed.
I don’t believe that there exists a definition of the perfect delegate. I had the amazing opportunity to witness a select group of people each with skills that make up the definition of a perfect delegate. Many individuals had strong consistency within confidence, public speaking, collaboration, research, preparation, and other essential skills for MUN.
Overall, I could not have asked for a better crowd to share my first opportunity as a chair with!
General Assembly 2 Chair
NAISMUN was my very first MUN conference and as student of NAIS, I am immensely proud of it’s incredible turnout and the effort that my fellow schoolmates had put into planning and executing. Having only a few months’ experience of MUN, starting off my first conference as a delegate was very daunting for me, yet I accepted the challenge. This is because I knew that NAISMUN would be an enjoyable and optimal stepping stone for my MUN journey.
Being in the Human Rights Council, I gained knowledge beyond what MUN CCA taught me as I was placed in real life situations where I could apply techniques and appropriate language that I had assimilated from the CCA. The topics were very interesting to discuss and generate thought from and allowed me to further develop my speaking skills while acquiring more confidence in my speaking.
NAISMUN was overall a memorable first experience for me that has made me a more eloquent speaker and confident in contributing during MUN CCAs.
Francesca Liling Chiam
Delegate, Human Rights Council