2021 IMUN Highlights

Ana Say

As we near the end of the 2021 IMUN conference, the press team would like to take the opportunity to review this year’s highlights. 2021 marked the 27th IMUN conference, and the 2nd IMUN online conference. Though there were many challenges to having an online conference, the chairs and officer team worked hard to make it flow smoothly-- hard work that did not go to waste. This year’s conference proved incredibly fruitful, creating connections between members, whether a delegate, chair, or head, and multiple intriguing solutions to complicated political issues.

The General Assembly provided an intriguing and lively debate, with all Member States given the opportunity to voice their view on the many difficult-to-explore matters. The SPC (Special Conference) debate opened doors to many different topics of discussion, ending with multiple creative and interesting out-of-the-box solutions to the many considered problems. The Historic Security Council discussed possible solutions to historical problems from a modern point of view, creating interesting areas for debate and consideration. The Security Council explored multiple ongoing crises and the possible ways to mitigate them.

To better explore the experiences of all IMUN members, the press team interviewed multiple IMUN chairs, heads, and delegates at the lunchtime break to gain some insight into their 2021 IMUN experiences. 
 

Pedro L. - Secretary-General

Q: “How has the debate today been different from yesterday?”

A: “I think it went better. It was more fluid with a much faster start.”

Q: “What was your favorite moment from this whole conference?”

A: “The little moments where I got to the chair-- where I can actually step into a room and be part of that atmosphere. Sometimes it feels like I am a bit distanced from everything. The actual day-to-day of it all-- it was something that I really missed. So those little moments were my favorite.”
 

Ahana D. - Chair of GA 2

Q: “How has the debate today been different from yesterday?”

A: “Delegates were more prepared. One thing that Gigi (Co-chair of GA 2) and I were really proud of was the fact that nearly all the delegates in our room spoke at least once. Today, we had quite a few delegates that didn’t speak yesterday make at least one point of information.”

Q: “What was your favorite moment from this whole conference?”

A: “Not exactly the debate part, but when Gigi and I had break time, we allowed the participants to stay on the call and we talked to them. Eventually, lots of delegates from other calls actually came to our call. We talked about where we were from, some parts of speeches from other delegates, and just generally got to know each other.”


Joshua S. - President of Historical Security Council 

Q: “How has the debate today been different from yesterday?”

A: “I think delegates were more comfortable with the procedure and the setting. The first day is always feeling out how everything works.”

Q: “What was your favorite moment from this whole conference?”

A: “Being able to see delegates using perspectives from the past to create more constructive solutions instead of just copying the ones from before.”

Anita S. - President of Security Council

Q: “How has the debate today been different from yesterday?”

A: “I think delegates were much more comfortable with each other. Many more delegates ended up participating because they felt more confident. Lobbying sessions were also much more productive.”

Q: “What was your favorite moment from this whole conference?”

A: “Anything about it. It was all good.”
 

Aliya T. - Head of Admin 

Q: “How has the debate today been different from yesterday?”

A: “I think today everyone already knew what they were doing, so it was a very smooth beginning.  Yesterday was the start so everyone was really excited, but since it’s the end and it’s our last conference everyone is really sad.” 

Q: “What was your favorite moment from this whole conference?”

A: “That’s a hard question. I’d say the team. We had a very family-like team, and we all really got along. It made the conference itself really fun.”
 

Laura S. - Chair of SPC1 (Special Conference)

Q: “How has the debate today been different from yesterday?”

A: “Today I feel that the delegates are more comfortable, which in a way is good, but at the same time it's more chaotic. There is more room for miscommunication, and that can get in the way of having a fruitful debate.” 

Q: “What was your favorite moment from this whole conference?”

A: “I liked everything. I really did. Everything was very special on its own. Lobbying was nice, but chairing and co-charing is really nice. There is something really special about each aspect of the conference, though the debate itself is definitely a highlight.”


Ivani S. - Chair of GA 1

Q: “How has the debate today been different from yesterday?”

A: “The main difference, I think, was that the delegates seemed much more confident. The adjustment period from doing it online has passed, so we’re all more comfortable with what we’re doing. Everything is really flowing well. There hasn't been a moment of awkward pauses at all.”

Q: “What was your favorite moment from this whole conference?”

A: “ I think how light we were able to be with the delegates after we finished chair-ing. It was very casual-- like talking to people you actually know. You end up making a bond with the delegates in your room.”

    Ultimately, the 2021 IMUN conference was incredibly successful. Though like any IMUN debate, there were moments of contention, largely practical conclusions were drawn and agreed upon. As multiple constructive amendments were proposed and passed, IMUN illustrated that, despite their differences, countries can come together in order to better the world. From the GA to the HSC, delegates explored many solutions, keeping true to the MUN's primary goal: considering out-of-the-box solutions to real-life problems.