By Mariss Mohtar
Q: What does MUN mean to you?
A: MUN is very important to me because its what I started in order to get my confidence up because I was really, really shy and I didn’t really like to do any activities. I didn’t like failing, nor did I like people’s attention being focused on me, and I didn’t like public speaking, so MUN was my way to break out of that. It means a lot to me because it was my way of being able to overcome challenges and has made me a better public speaker, and more open to getting slammed, because your clauses or resolutions don’t always pass and people are against you. So it has taught me to defend myself and taught me to be more confident.
Q: How many years of experience do you have?
A: I started as an usher in year 8, so its about 5 years now.
Q: What made you want to pursue being Deputy Secretary-General this year?
A: Last year I was Assistant President of Security Council, and I always did things related to security. In my first year, I was in the emergency security, then historical security, then general security, and finally Assistant President of Security Council. So it was my way of being able to do more than I have ever done, because last year I ended up taking a bigger role than anticipated. I wanted to make a conference that is part of me, considering that this is my last year in KICS and KICS was where I discovered my love for MUN. So my last experience in KICS being spent actually planning a conference is something that I really wanted.
Q: How did you decide on a theme?
A: I was the one who wanted to do something related to humanitarianism, so it was a play upon the themes that we had previously gotten in past conferences and then trying to add something related to sovereignty and the politics of the matter, because pure humanitarianism had already been done before.
Q: What does the theme mean to you? And how relevant is it to the world?
A: It’s relevant because, living in Sudan, we are denied a lot of things based on politics because of the embargos. For example, the reason that the price of medicine has skyrocketed and the fact that we don’t have access to a lot of resources that would better us as a nation simply because of politics, bothers me. This is why including humanitarianism and thinking of the actual consequences of your actions upon humans as opposed to just thinking about foreign policies, allies and the politics behind it, was something that I wanted to try to undo.
Q: In your opinion, what would make a conference successful?
A: I think for a conference to be successful, it would involve all the delegates being active and the creation of resolutions that actually tackle the issue. Although I want our delegates to have fun and to have the experience of learning, I also want them to come up with actual practical resolutions. So in order for a conference to be successful in my eyes, it would involve mass participation. Even if it’s only one resolution that is actually possible to be implemented, that would be successful.
Q: You mentioned that delegates should be active. What other skills do you think makes a good delegate?
A: A good delegate would be someone who is open-minded to be able to fit your country’s views and not your own personal views. Someone who is able to speak publicly, and to be able to think on their feet because they will be asked questions and put under pressure. A good delegate should also be able to think creatively and create creative solutions to tackle the problems.
Q: This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Hania. How relevant would you say her work is to this year’s KICSMUN theme?
A: As Dr. Hania said in her speech, the US embargo had an effect on her as well, since she was unable to get one of the mammogram machines needed for her patients, so that affected her work directly. It was thus something related to the issue of sovereignty versus humanitarianism, so to her she had a direct link to our conference. And at the same time, it was very nice to have someone giving back to society, and for KICSMUN to be able to have that person actually speak to us about her own personal experiences