We are very proud to have these amazing delegates and officers participating in BaliMUN VIII over last weekend on 2nd and 3rd November at Green School. They have demonstrated their dedication to preparing for this event as well as to debate, collaborate, and be diplomatic in finding solutions related to Sustainable Development Goals.
We would like to deliver huge congratulations to our fabulous MUN team. This year, 5 CCS students have stepped up being chairs and co-chairs showing their great leadership and excellent communication skills. 10 delegates, new and experienced, keep pushing themselves to be out of their comfort zone and face new challenges, while also having fun. We would especially like to congratulate two of our students: Lea Nizri (Year 9), who received the Leadership Award, and Sydney Eckstein (Year 11), who received The Best Delegate Award.
Please check out the students’ reflections below and get inspired! We are looking forward to seeing you participating in our upcoming MUN conferences!
Ms Maya, Ms Rusmala, and Mr Javier.
Maile Monteiro da Rocha, Chair of UN Women.
This year, I was appointed the role of Chair at this year’s BaliMUN conference, which took place at Green School last weekend. I was responsible for the UN Women committee, which tackled the issues of women’s rights in Afghanistan as well as sexual and reproductive rights around the world. I was extremely excited for the conference since I’ve long enjoyed MUN.
As Chair, I had a lot of responsibilities: keeping the debate running, keeping track of time, writing down which delegates have spoken, enforcing proper MUN rules, it was not an easy role! This made me extremely nervous at first (not surprising, it was my first chairing experience after all) but my co-chairs, two students from Dyatmika and Green School were extremely supportive of me! We split tasks and together presided efficiently. This year’s highlight was revealing to my delegates the surprise crisis – a zombie pandemic!! Together, everyone had to collaborate and solve the issue, getting inspiration from solutions we came up with previously.
I’ve felt an improvement in my communication skills. On top of having to summarise both issues to my delegates in an in-depth research paper, I was talking to my delegates the whole time to guide the debate. I even delivered a speech to the whole conference at the end regarding my committee’s achievements 🙂
BaliMUN VIII (my last MUN conference before graduating, unfortunately) was beyond memorable, I’m grateful that these opportunities are presented to students at CCS, I highly encourage everyone to try out MUN at least once!
Maya Sugita Truchi, Chair of the Security Council.
This year’s BaliMUN was my first time chairing a committee. During this conference, I got to meet new people, be responsible for the whole of the Security Council and learn about conflicts that I have never heard of before. My committees’ topics were “The situation in the Sahel” and “The Issue of the Kashmir region.” Preparing for this conference as a chair came with a lot of responsibilities. One of the things that a chair MUST prepare is the background research for each topic. Getting these research papers done was almost impossible! Deadlines were extremely short and other school work gets in the way of completing it, therefore it can’t be your priority!
Sami Burgess, Chair of Human Rights Council.
At this year’s BaliMUN, I had the honour to be the Head Chair of the Human Rights Council (HRC). Throughout the conference, I got to meet new people, learn about world issues relating to human rights and got to learn about different country’s views on the different issues that were discussed. The issues that were discussed in HRC were the “Empowering of the LGBTQ+ Community” and “Measures to Combat negative health effects caused by excessively long working hours”. Before the conference, there were the pre-conference responsibilities. One of the responsibilities included creating background papers for the delegates in the GA (General Assembly). So, my fellow co-chairs and I had to prepare background papers for the delegates, which stressed all three of us quite a lot. Other than the background papers, we were also worried that we would’ve been too “slack” with our delegates and that we had to be stricter with the delegates. Thankfully, we weren’t too slacked off or too strict.
The highlight of the conference for me was probably when the committee debated on a resolution to go AGAINST the “Empowering of the LGBTQ+ community”. Since the debate was filled with interesting debates, solutions and perspectives from the delegates.
Tamara Darby, Co-Chair of Economy and Financial Committee.
At BaliMUN I got to meet new people and got to experience an MUN conference as a co-chair. I learnt more about world issues and what different countries’ perspectives on them are through the delegates’ speeches. I did face a few challenges at BaliMUN because although the head chair and I communicated well, some delegates were being disrespectful and took advantage of the fact that we weren’t very strict on them. This mostly happened on the first day because the delegates spent most of the day lobbying, allowing them to talk over each other and the chairs. The conference was much better on the second day and the delegates seemed to enjoy themselves much more because they were finally able to debate. At BaliMUN I improved on a few SWLEs, one of which was “effective communicator” because I had to make sure the communication between me and the head chair was efficient, and I had to have the delegates’ attention during the conference. I encourage others to join MUN because it is an amazing opportunity to gain new skills. MUN is a great way to become more confident in public speaking and even helps with social skills when forming blocs with other countries.
Kalila Eckstein, Delegate of the United States of America, Security Council.
This year’s BALIMUN was yet again another great conference. As this being my second time participating, I’ve come across many challenges and accomplishments. From modifying amendments to the second degree to refraining from using personal pronouns, were all aspects of the conference that I had to adapt to. Model United Nations is a great way to get our young Bali community involved and aware of the global issues taking place in today’s world. Debating and lobbying gives delegates the chance to further broaden their knowledge in the two main topics discussed within their committees. I was fortunate enough to be a member of this year’s Security Council committee as the delegate of the United States of America. The topics deliberated within the committee were ‘The Question of the Status in the Kashmir Region’ and ‘The Situation in the Sahel Region’. Despite some very interesting amendments made, all three resolutions passed. Representing one of the ‘Big 5’ countries, I actively participated in both topics and made sure to stay relevant in debate as the United States of America have huge impacts on both issues. Making amendments, modifying to the second degree, speaking for and against, all contributed to making a fruitful debate.
Challenges that I faced throughout the MUN conference was standing out and being more confident. Allowing myself to be fully expressive in my argument and not be doubtful in my decisions to veto against or for an amendment. The SWLEs that applied to MUN for me were Effective Communicator and Life-Long Learner. This is because I was forced to step out of my comfort zone and be interactive amongst other delegates. Making sure my countries view regarding the topic was heard and included in debates. Life-Long Learner also applies as the information researched regarding the topics will be knowledge that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It will impact my views on how I see the issue and my personal opinion.
Alexander James Sharp, Delegate of Indonesia, Security Council.
A fine being known as Nathan Gregory McKenna and I had an epiphany on what GR we should choose. It so happened that we should choose MUN in our quest for infinite knowledge. Thank the gods that we had this ingenious idea because MUN gave us the knowledge we seek to become pure beings of intellect and wisdom. My expectations were a very fancy conference where everyone was a square and couldn’t have any fun. This was not the case because it was the most fun and relax competition I have ever had the pleasure of being apart of. I made many friends who are some of the funniest people in Bali. the conference was very fun and I’ve never laughed harder in my life.
Through the conference, I learnt how the conference would be run in a UN conference. I was well prepared and knew what I was talking about but I should’ve made more amendments. I think this experience applies effective communicator SWLE because you need to communicate your ideas effectively. I would love to encourage you all to join MUN because as I experienced BaliMUN, this is the hardest I have ever laughed in my life and nothing will top this in terms of how much fun I had.
Germaine Liew, Delegate of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Sustainable Development Commission.
Participating in BaliMUN is a great experience for me. I like how everyone has to research about their countries and how it is accurate to the actual UN meetings. Through the conference, I learned that there is so much going on in MUN meetings, I learn that there is a lot of pressure to the people who are new in MUN conferences. There are a lot of things that I learned about other countries and about the country that I represent as well. I had problem with writing the resolutions, and that’s why I let our country’s ally write the resolution, we gave them ideas and they can rephrase them to make it more persuasive and so that other delegates could not disagree on the resolution. With good collaboration, I can face my challenge and move forward to be more confident.
In relation with SWLE, this conference can improve my effective communications, because I got to practice making a speech to persuade other delegates to agree with me. I got to learn new vocabulary from my experience from BaliMUN so that I could improve my speaking for the next MUN conference. I do recommend this to others because it’s a great way to build up your confidence in public speaking, you get to meet new friends, have more experience with MUN, and because it’s fun and worth it.
Elizabeth Arwen Chandra, Delegate of Dominican Republic, Sustainable Development Commission.
The reason that I had agreed to join in this conference was simply to experience what an actual MUN conference was like for the first time. Before the conference, I was worried about not preparing enough information and not understanding the procedures fully. However, those worries were relieved quickly after a day at the conference after I got to work with others and experience for real. A challenge I had to face was to speak in front of all the others as it was something that is usually out of my normal comfort zone, though I became more confident and improved my skills for public speaking as I eventually got more comfortable around the other delegates after a day. It’d probably apply to being a lifelong learner, I don’t know. I’d encourage others who likes to socialise and share knowledge towards others to participate in MUN, as people could meet and make a lot of new friends while being there, share creative ideas and learn about a lot of new things that you may have not known of before.
Tavisha Mohindra, Delegate of Venezuela, UN Women.
I loved doing BaliMUN. No one inspired me to do the conference, I just love debating and meeting new people. I thought I was going to be a chair but instead I was a delegate in a very fun committee. We had superlatives, karaoke, ALL 4 RESOLUTIONS PASSED and even a resolution on Zombie Pandemic. My group had to complete 2 resolutions because our group was big and it was easier to finish 2 resolutions in our 7 delegate team. Past BaliMUNs was hosted at the Prime Plaza Hotel but BaliMUN 2019 (2 and 3 Nov) was hosted by Green School at Green School. It was a very new experience debating in a jungle on bamboo being barefoot while the birds were chirping. The SWLE’s that applies to my BAliMUN experience are Effective Communicator and Life Long Learner because you practice your speaking skills and you can expand the MUN experience. It depends on the person but I recommend to do any MUN given for your age group. If you are good at debating then join, if not still give it a go.
Nathan McKenna, Delegate of United Kingdom, Disarmament and International Security.
BaliMUN was a fun experience. In the beginning, I was forced by Alex. And by forced I mean he convinced me to join. Also, we thought it might be a good experience and thought we should try it. I thought it would be boring, and I thought I was very unprepared but it was actually fun and I was prepared enough. Some highlights of the conference was saying and coming up with POIs (Points of Information) and listening to other delegates’ absurd amendments. These were very funny and coming up with POIs helped me with my creativity and to become a better debater. BaliMUN was not as serious as I thought, which is good though. I also learned how to better research topics and how to get better sources other than Wikipedia. I also learnt how the UN more or less operates in committees as well as what to and what not to say during a debate or when the committee is in session. Some challenges was coming up with POIs and trying to defend an amendment. They were tough because delegates came up with good questions I had to answer and when the delegates went up to go against the amendment, I had to try and defend it using only questions. I believe that the Life Long Learner SWLE is well applied to this event. This is because you can use these debating skills you learnt in the future for example, in a job interview. These skills can help go through life easier. I would recommend BaliMUN because it’s a good experience. It’s good to raise confidence and meet friends. You can see other schools and gain more skills. It also looks good towards the Universities.
Lea Hilda Victoria Nizri, Delegate of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Economy and Financial.
BaliMUN was a great learning opportunity and would give me some training for the upcoming larger conferences as well as making valuable connections with people that would be useful in the future. Before the conference, I was panicky and stressed out. I felt overwhelmed and I was nervous about being unprepared and the idea of speaking in front of many other people.
My highlight was when we did lobbying on the first day and had to make alliances. The first five minutes of the conference I had already made alliances with China, Finland and Brazil because I was seated next to them. During the lobbying, I managed to gather a team of 11 out of the 18 delegates in my committee. My block consisted of China, U.S.A., Brazil, India, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, South Korea, Japan and Finland. My block was so large that we split into 2 groups to facilitate the task. I led one group and co-led the other, all of my research and resolutions were used and we worked well together.
I learned about new trading routes, materials, vocabulary and how important collaboration is. I enjoyed working with my team and we always got the work done on time.
The main challenge was definitely to overcome my anxiety. My parents were a huge support and it helped when I made some friends. Their enthusiasm and happiness helped me to be more confident and less reluctant to keep leading when people supported my decisions and gave me good advice. I think it went well because all resolutions passed and my teammates handled questions well, we also managed to throw the other teams off guard with our preparation and organisation.
I think that the SWLE that describes this experience best is ‘socially responsible’. We were tasked with helping 3rd world countries and elderly people gain access to renewable and affordable energy as well as the care that they need. These are real issues which we managed to find solutions for. We thought of many aspects such as convincing others to follow, trading deals, economic dis/advantages, human rights, trading routes, adversaries, alliances, etc…
MUN is a unique experience that is enlightening and fascinating for people interested in having a future in politics, renewable engineering, human rights, economics, national security and so on. As well as presenting suitable training for any jobs including skills of public speaking, reports, debates, alliances, critical thinking, widespread consideration and cognitive challenges. It is also a very fun experience where you get to meet with very interesting people and debate crazy solutions like cutting peoples fingers off (which was suggested).
Delegate of Mali
Social Humanity and Cultural Committee
Delegate of Denmark
Human Rights Council
Delegate of Israel
Disarmament and International Security
Co-Chair of Social Humanity and Cultural Committee