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June 14, 2016
Global Challenge Program: YMUN Korea ReportFrom May 20th to 22nd, six students from all three courses and grades were chosen to go to Seoul, Korea for the YMUN Korea 2016. Within the MUN, there were several different committees, each tackling two different global issues. The committees Ritsumeikan Uji students participated in are; UNHCR, UNICEF, ECOFIN, SOCHUM, and WHO, which I participated in. The structure of this MUN was that each person represented a country as delegate, and debated how we could fix the various global problems we were assigned to. There were a lot of Korean students, students from India, Jordan, and of course Japan.
We arrived at Seoul at at around noon, and got to the hotel and venue an hour later via shuttle bus.
After we arrived, the opening ceremony was held with guest speakers, Signe Poulsen from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Sokeel Park from Liberty in North Korea (LiNK).
After that, the first day consisted of an introduction to the MUN, as well as our first committee session. For the WHO committee, we debate on the topic of the ageing population. Some people were even discussing the topic during dinner!
We had committee sessions the whole day on the second day. In my WHO committee, we started working on our clauses in groups, and discussed our issues. By the end of the day, we had successfully formed a resolution for our first topic.
During the final day of the MUN, we wrapped up the resolution for our second topic, the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. When the committee session finished, everyone received a certificate of participation. After lunch we attended the ending ceremony, then we went back to the airport to fly back to Japan.
For me, this experience was a great way to meet students from other countries and increase my motivation for school life. By seeing how other students incorporated certain things in their speeches, I can now use those techniques in my own speeches. In addition, by discussing about the topics, I now have a better understanding and more interest towards them.
Acknowledgements: I would like to thank;
* Mr. Brooks who chaperoned us, and gave us advice throughout the MUN.
* Ms. Kojima for helping us with our preparations.
* Yale and Korean secretariats who worked months in advance to make this conference a success.
* All of the delegates for their hard work and commitment.
By Sasha Levine, IB1 Student
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