Interview With Deputy Secretary-General Amina Elnour

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.

An Interview with the Secretary-General

By Mariss Mohtar


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The Secretary-General’s role has always been a crucial one to KICSMUN. This year’s secretary general, Dinan Alasad, has been working since April to ensure the conference is a success. Her job included a lengthy process of hand-picking members of the secretariat, deciding on a theme that encompasses the many issues that exist in the modern world, as well as finding sponsors to name a few. Starting from humble beginnings as a delegate three years ago in KICSMUN, Dinan has since attended two more KICSMUN conferences, as an observer and an assistant president, before deciding to pursue the role of secretary general, a role that “scared me…since it appears to be challenging.” Since adopting the role, Dinan has listed being “patient and being able to deal with anxiety and stress” as key skills that she had to learn.

This year’s theme is sovereignty and humanitarianism. It was chosen as Dinan recognized that these two topics have not been coexisting well since “we are put in a position where we have to respect the sovereignty of countries, but at the same time that sovereignty stands in the way of humanitarianism.” Part of KICSMUN is to “contain global problems, as well as fixing problems that could potentially arise,” and as such Dinan used the example of Syrian refugees “dying at shores to preserve the economies of Europe,” as an inspiration for the topic regarding the situation in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees potentially being denied asylum, which is especially close to her heart. She firmly believes that “just because someone is a leader, just because they made it far enough to lead a country, doesn’t mean they’re right, and when they’re wrong the world needs to step up.”

Following up from last KICSMUN’s success, Dinan, and the rest of the secretariat had and still has to work to the best of their abilities to ensure another successful conference. Dinan would determine the conference’s success not in terms of “the number of resolutions passed,” but rather by “the learning experience acquired by all delegates, ushers, the press team and the secretariat.” Part of this learning experience, for the delegates specifically, is for them to be able to learn how to “identify an issue and finding a solution for that issue,” which requires them to be “able to be objective and creative in the solutions that they think of.”

Another vital factor in determining a conference’s success is through the selection of the keynote speaker because “the keynote speaker’s speech would inspire the delegates and help pave the path to more fruitful and heartfelt debates and solutions.” This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Hania Moursi, the founder of Khartoum’s only breast cancer center, who was chosen by Dinan “because she also deals with the struggle between sovereignty and humanitarianism” as “a lot of the medication and medical equipment needed are sanctioned because of the US and Sudan sanctions.” Thus, while it was essential that Dr Moursi respected the sovereignty of both countries, there were people dying because of the lack of necessary equipment, and “her deciding that it was more important to put patients before politics,” is something Dinan hopes the delegates will learn from.

What’s the Point?

By Mariss Mohtar


Opening with a half an hour speech by KICSMUN XI’s Secretary-General, Dinan Alasad, this week’s session has proven to yet again been an extremely productive one. In the SG’s speech, details regarding the strict dress code to be employed during the conference were shared (details of which can be found on KICSMUN’s official website), along with the expected behaviour from the delegates and consequences in not abiding by these expectations. However, in the same speech, the SG also discussed the topic of the benefits and real-world applications of the KICSMUN experience.

Several practical skills were named, including those of researching, interpersonal and communication, negotiation, and critical thinking. Modelled after the United Nations, researching is definitely an integral part of the whole experience. Starting from the first day, where delegates were assigned their countries, research had to be conducted regarding the country itself, and the position of that country in relation to the council topics. Furthermore, with debate being another core part, the development and usage of interpersonal skills is unavoidable, as delegates are required to communicate with each other to create proposed solutions. Additionally, negotiation is another important skill to have, as “not everyone will have the same perspectives on the issues.”

The SG made it clear that these skills were not necessarily constrained to just KICSMUN. Asking some of the senior students about how the skills received could be applied to their desired professions it was clear that “you don’t have to be interested in politics or history” to be able to really benefit from KICSMUN. As an engineer, critical thinking used in the deconstruction of arguments in KICSMUN, can be applied to the deconstruction of more complex ideas. In business, the negotiation and interpersonal skills obtained from KICSMUN, could be used in communicating with stakeholders and “other business terms and people.” It is clear that KICSMUN is an extremely enriching and fruitful event, where invaluable skills can be developed. Regardless of your career path, anyone can and will benefit from the experience, while simultaneously expanding their knowledge and “appreciation for the world around you.”

Delegate of the week #5 Dina

“Dina has earned this week’s title of delegate of the week! Her constant dedication and serious stance towards MUN is impressive. This is shown through the small details, such as printing out background papers and constantly submitting work ahead of the deadlines. Well done and Keep it up!”

Great job Dina! We love seeing such commitment and enthusiasm. Keep up the good work!

 

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ICJ: Trump vs Clinton

by Ayat Mohamed Khaled


This Saturday’s session was particularly exciting for the ICJ council, as they had a mock debate. The topic was extremely relevant to recent news, Trump vs. Clinton. Sarah Osman was acting as the advocate of Hilary Clinton and Abdelwahab Naseraldin played the advocate of Donald Trump while the rest of the council were judges who would later decide who has won the debate and who has lost, based on their votes. Sarah and Abdelwahab spent 15 minutes preparing their debates.
Sarah opted for explaining how Clinton has spent her career helping women whereas Trump has made “racist remarks about African Americans, Latinos and Muslims”. This particular line had the whole council shook, especially the president, Ilham. Abdelwahab emphasised Trump’s intentions and plans of increasing the employment rates and how Clinton is a liar and does not know how to use email. Ouch.
The debate went on, being an excellent learning experience and practice for the council as a whole. Much to some of the judges’ and secretariats’ dismay, the majority voted for Trump, reminding us of how the actual #ElectionNight went. Overall, the council enjoyed the debate, especially the video, “Donald Trump VS. Hillary Clinton. Epic Rap Battles of History” that was shown on the projector at the end.

Delegate of the week #4

“This is Moayad, the delegate of Czech Republic in the ECOSOC.  Moayad has been consistently participating and showing dedication in the ECA. He is always quick to answer questions, participate in debates and inquire about procedure and topics. He is always prepared for the ECA, always on time and ready to follow instructions while keeping a positive attitude. We are very happy to have Moayad in our council and look forward to seeing him continue to be great. Good work Moayad!”

Congratulations Moayad! Keep up the good work!
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Delegate of the Week #3 Hamza

“This is Hamza, delegate of Bolivia in the HRC. He was awarded with delegate of the week for his continued valuable contributions to discussions and debate despite being a new and hesitant MUN delegate. Hamza was also recognized for being an inquirer as he always asks questions regarding any clarification he requires. We are proud to have Hamza in the HRC and hope that he continues to inspire fellow delegates with his positive attitude.”

Great job Hamza! It’s nice to see you being so positive and doing so well with this being your first time.
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