The Secret Behind the Strong (and Somewhat Strange) Attraction to IMUN

The Secret Behind the Strong (and Somewhat Strange) Attraction to IMUN
Alicia L.

Iberian Model United Nations (IMUN) requires extensive research, planning, public speaking skills, and much more. Why, then, are so many young people inclined to join it? Why do something so demanding and requires so much time and effort? For certain delegates, being able to experience a replica of what a United Nations (UN) conference looks like was the main appeal. For others, the answer was rudimentary due to the university and career opportunities that participating in IMUN would provide. Others simply love the environment of a debate.

This year, the IMUN press team was honored to interview the delegate of the Central African Republic, Aruna S. Although the delegate has been a part of IMUN for the past 2 years, this is her first in-person conference. This delegate provided valuable knowledge to understand the general sentiment toward the abovementioned questions.

1.       How did you discover Iberian Model United Nations (IMUN)?

Back when I attended CAISL, the current host school, I was introduced to Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) in 6th grade. I loved MUN so much that I was eager to continue in high school. IMUN had such positive feedback that I knew I wanted to do it as well.

 

2.       What is your motive behind joining IMUN?

First of all, I joined IMUN for the experience I can gain from it. It definitely helps me with certain skills, such as debating and active listening. Also, I know from past experience that it is incredibly fun and a great learning opportunity.

 

3.       Are you interested in joining the UN in the future?

While I do not see myself going into diplomacy, I do stand by the idea that IMUN is a great opportunity to hone certain skills like public speaking and collaborating with people rather than always being individualistic.

 

To further understand the attraction that brings so many students to IMUN, the delegate of Ireland, Francisco S., an active participant in the Security Council, was interviewed. This delegate comes from Oeiras International School and is attending his second in-person MUN conference.

 

1.       How did you discover IMUN?

I discovered IMUN through the leadership of the MUN team, which recognizes the importance of it. I also heard about its reputation for organizing really good conferences, and I must say, I am not disappointed at all.

 

2.       What is your motive behind joining IMUN?

Well, I have a lot of interest in politics and social issues in general. It feels good to debate these issues and also to find like-minded people in IMUN. A big reason Beyond my interest in politics would be the opportunity to socialize and meet people because that’s something that tends to happen a lot in these massive conferences. With the fun we share debating, we tend to build these friendships with like-minded people.

 

3.       Are you interested in joining the UN in the future?

That’s a good question. While I’m not exactly sure what I want to do in the future, I know I want to pursue a career in politics. I think that being part of the UN would be a natural option and an honor. What I’m planning on studying in university would technically allow me to go in that direction, so I think that it is something that I’m considering doing.

 

 

 

Due to the bold participation of the delegate of Libya, Ai S., she was chosen to contribute to the interview. Although she already took part in IMUN last year, she felt that this year's experience was completely different from last year’s virtual conference. Therefore, she was thrilled to be a part of this year’s IMUN conference.

1.       How did you discover IMUN?

I first discovered IMUN through my teacher at CAISL, Mr. Andrews.

 

2.       What is your motive behind joining IMUN?

I found it extremely exciting that we students are able to represent delegations in the UN. I thought it would be an amazing experience in which I could learn and so far, my expectations have been met.

 

3.       Are you interested in joining the UN in the future?

I’m not sure if that’s something I’m interested in, but I definitely want to continue taking part in IMUN as I find it really fascinating. It’s important for us to know the political roles and stances of other countries.

 

 

 

Lastly, the delegate of Gabon, Maya A., a student at the Institute La Rosé, was asked about her reason for joining IMUN. This was her first time taking part in an IMUN conference. While it was all new for her, she soon grew accustomed to and immensely enjoyed the process.

1.       How did you discover IMUN?

Our school has been participating in IMUN for a while now. I heard about it through my teachers and other students who have participated in the past.

 

2.       What is your motive behind joining IMUN?

I joined IMUN because I wanted to learn about issues, topics, and ideas I wasn’t very familiar with. I also wanted to improve my public speaking skills and confidence. It’s been interesting to learn and debate about real-world crises and relevant topics, something that is especially important to me.

 

3.       Are you interested in joining the UN in the future?

It is absolutely something I’m considering. I’m not really sure what the future holds for me, but a career in the UN is a notion I’m entertaining. I hope that my experience in IMUN will help me figure out if this is truly something I would want to do in my future.

 

The members of the IMUN Press team would like to extend their thanks to each delegate for their time and participation in the interview.