By Mai Mohamed
Q: What does MUN mean to you?
A: MUN has played a major role in my life thus far, teaching me several lessons along the way. I’ve been involved in MUN since my first year as a high school student, where I was an usher in the Security Council. Little did I know then that five years down the road, I would be at my position now as Deputy Secretary-General. The disciplines and principles that apply to MUN teach us several valuable lessons, regardless of your title. During my MUN career, I have learnt to always move forward despite any obstacles I face along the way, a lesson that will most definitely apply to my future endeavors. To me, MUN is one of the most rewarding and vital experiences due to the essential lessons it provides us with, which can ultimately be used to lay the foundations of our futures.
Q: What does the theme poster mean to you? How relevant is it to the world?
A: The poster is a relatively graphic representation of the lack of peace that exists in the world. To me, the poster depicts the theme perfectly due to the juxtaposing images displayed. The image shows the shaking of hands, which symbolizes peace however, in the back and fore grounds, there are graphic displays of war- a result of the breaching of sovereignty. It is relevant to the world in the respect that the breaching of a nation’s sovereignty often comes with the concept of foreign intervention in the form of ‘humanitarianism’.
Q: Can you tell us about any cases related to humanitarianism vs sovereignty that has personally affected you or a close one?
A: I have never encountered such situations, on a personal level, however, on a global scale it is a lot more common.
Q: What makes a conference successful?
A: A successful conference is made up of dedicated delegates and secretariat members, engaging debates and the drawing up of realistic solutions. In general, the success of a conference mostly depends on the quality of the delegates, which I am quite confident about for this year’s conference.
Q: What would you say makes a good delegate?
A: A good delegate is made up of several varied attributes, which all contribute to the success of the delegate. Firstly, a delegate must have global awareness, which is gained from keeping up to date with the news. This is crucial as the last thing a council would like to debate is an existing policy and/or resolution. Secondly, a delegate must be able to suppress their opinions and speak as a representative of their respective countries. During the years, it has been extremely common to find delegates who let their personal opinions and emotions interfere with debate instead of speaking on behalf of the country they represent during the conference. Lastly, a good delegate must be confident in themselves and their abilities.
Q: How effective do you think MUN is to results in the type of work Dr. Hania does? Also, how relevant and important would you say her work is with regards to the theme of humanitarianism vs sovereignty?
A: This year Keynote speaker is Dr Hania, she is the CEO and founder of the Khartoum breast cancer center she has been a great help.
Dr Hania is relevant to KICSMUN this year because she also deals with sovereignty and humanitarianism. Because medicines that are needed are not available here in Khartoum due to the sanctions. However people are suffering but managed with humans before politics.