The annual Sekolah Ciputra Model United Nations (SCMUN) was held on 11-12 February 2023. A Model United Nations (MUN) conference is a simulation of a real-life United Nations conference, where students act as delegates representing countries and work together to solve global issues. After three years of online conferences, Sekolah Ciputra was finally able to welcome back students to an offline SCMUN conference. This was the first offline conference for most delegates, including myself as secretary-general. 

The theme for this SCMUN was “In Pursuit of a World of Peace”, which focused on problems relating to the safety and peace of amongst the nations and the people in it. There were three councils formed relating to this theme:

  • United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC): Discussing the 2021-released Convention on the Rights of the Child (in a digital environment)
  • United Nations Security Council (UNSC): Combating terrorism in the Middle East
  • United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): The provision of foreign investment in developing countries and how it attributes to world peace

This SCMUN, I was proud and happy to see that delegates were able to engage in fruitful debates and eventually form peaceful resolutions. I was pleased to see delegates’ confidence and ideas grow throughout the two days of the conference.

Through the planning and execution of this conference, I applied many ATL skills, mainly my communication skills. I needed to communicate with the chairs, volunteers, and staff to plan out the details of the conference and needed to communicate this with the delegates before and during the conference. Through making speeches, presenting to the delegates, and writing emails, I was able to develop my public speaking skills and communicate through text.

Additionally, I developed the learner profile attributes, such as learning to be a risk-taker. I took on the opportunity to be secretary-general, despite being in grade 9 and having not attended an offline conference. Although there were many challenges, in the end, the SCMUN ran well and it was successful.

I am extremely thankful to everyone who has helped make this conference possible. Thank you to all the teachers, staff, chairs, volunteers, and delegates who have organised and helped behind the scenes.

See you next year everyone!

Anastasia Lilananda, Grade 9 student. 

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