By Colin Jun
SMICMUN V was held at SMIC Private School on October 27th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Under the theme “Unraveled Tapestry”, veterans, beginners and middle school delegates from various international school discussed eight topics. Since its establishment, SMICMUN has consistently emphasized the importance of giving delegates more practice in the Security Council; therefore 6 out of 8 issues were addressed in Security Councils and the Historical Security Council. The two other topics discussed in newly created middle school committees are the Environmental Commission and UNESCO. The issues in middle school committees (Global Waste Trade, Technology) were both on social matters instead of political issues so the delegates could have a smoother introduction into the MUN program.
Among all the delegates and chairs who participated in the conference, SASPD was one of the most significant contributors. 8 chairs and 20 delegates attended SMICMUN V. Many SASPD delegates became main submitters of resolutions discussed in their committee. At the end of SMICMUN V, our high school and middle school delegates received a majority of Best Delegate Awards and Outstanding Delegate Awards.
Mr. Jordan Finch, one of Pudong’s MUN Directors, said, “[SASPD delegates] were incredible. Everybody was positive and proactively involved. SMICMUN is perceived as the beginning conference. I was impressed with the quality and the passion of our team. Everybody was cheering and clapping – it was great to watch.”
Many of the delegates and chairs also had positive feedbacks towards the conference. A middle school delegate, Irene, described her experience at SMICMUN as “really great.”
“No one had like huge egos, and it made me felt comfortable to speak more and present my ideas because for some reason I feel like no one is going to ask me to mean POIs,” Irene said. “Everyone was collaborative.”
Chairs also had good feedback on the conference and each committee. Angela Dai, deputy chair of Environmental Commission from SMIC said, “It was my first time charing, and I was afraid that, as EC was a middle school conference, the discussion would be stagnant. It wasn’t, though, and it was really interesting to see their thinking processes reflected in the speeches, POIs and amendments they contributed and how they tried to work around restrictions UN had regarding power and sovereignty.”