By Ernest Kok, Year 12 Delegate
Last week, our school sent a delegation to the annual NISPMUN
conference, held in Nexus International School from the 10th - 12th
October. The objective of an MUN Conference is to simulate the assemblies of
the United Nations: this includes attire, subjects discussed, and the formal
debating style of the UN. NISPMUN is a national conference, bringing in schools
from as far and wide as Penang.
The three days of the conference were crammed with heavy debating across
all manner of topics, from the best way(s) of managing climate refugees to
questioning the use of depleted uranium ammunition. Although the majority of
the delegates were new, that did not stop many of them from offering their
viewpoint, small or large as it may have been, and all committees had a near
100% participation rate. Many a delegate made fierce attacks on other delegates
by merely quoting a fact, or stating a point they had missed, and it was all in
the spirit of the event.
Nadia Farag and Sheng Yu Chia, both in Year 12 received mentions for
Outstanding Delegate and honourable mentions from the respective chairs of
their committees for their outstanding levels of debate. Nevertheless, it was
an enlightening experience for all involved, giving them a first hand
opportunity to interact with people from other schools and an attempt to find
solutions to common problems that the world faces, and while some may think
that this is ‘just’ a conference, it provides an unmatched platform for
aspiring world-changers to present their views, insignificant as it may be, to
change the world in their own way."