When the first Secretary-General of The United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations (UNASMUN) Preparatory Conference – Mr. Kwan Jin Yao – conceived of the idea of UNASMUN, it was to address a serious problem in Singapore’s Model United Nations (MUN) ‘scene’: participation in these conferences were limited to too few schools – often seen as ‘elite schools; the rigour and depth of conferences were often insufficient; and consequently experienced delegates found it hard to be stretched and engaged in these conferences.
At the core of these problems was one key idea: the lack of a guidance framework; be it for delegates participating in MUN conferences for the very first time, or even for the veteran delegate who is going to his/her tenth conference.
Today, it is clear that the MUN scene – including other simulation conferences (ASEAN, Cabinet, etc.) – in Singapore is beginning to overcome these problems, and is growing: in terms of both numbers, diversity, and even rigour. More students than ever are participating in MUN conferences, from an even greater variety of schools, and conferences around Singapore are beginning to find new and innovative ways to stretch even the most experienced of delegates.
Here at UNASMUN, we are proud to have been part of the solution and the catalyst for this growth. Over the past 6 years, we have reached out to over 2500 students from more than 80 schools, and last year’s conference alone involved over 800 students in different capacities: delegates, student officers, and administrative staff. Through involvement in our conference in any of these capacities, we hope to reach an even wider variety of students, and make the MUN experience all the more meaningful and enriching.
In this vein, registration for or application to UNASMUN is now open:
– Register as a participant. Registration is open to secondary schools and the institutes of higher learning in Singapore, so find out more and download the registration forms. Don’t worry if you have never participated in a simulation conference before. Not only are segments of UNASMUN dedicated to training and development, our student officers for the first-time committees are also specially selected to provide a nurturing and less-intimidating environment.
– Apply as a student officer. Applications have been open since June 2, 2016, and will close on July 3, 2016. Read more about the roles and responsibilities, and download the application form if you are interested.
This year, as part of our partnership with the National Youth Council (NYC) and the Singapore Permanent Mission to the UN, the spotlight is on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the theme “Towards a More Sustainable World“. Delegates can look forward to an atypical and more rigorous discussion on this, and related topics at UNASMUN 2017.
UNASMUN is committed to a process of rejuvenation. That, in addition to our differentiated committees – ensures that your UNASMUN experience will always be new, exciting, and enriching. Nonetheless, even as we make the UNASMUN experience a challenging and meaningful one for experienced delegates, we are still at heart – a preparatory conference. Our focus therefore has and always will be on first-time delegates, and particularly on schools who have never sent any students to a Model UN conference. We can promise first-time delegates that your UNASMUN experience will be a fulfilling one indeed.
The road to achieving our vision: to introduce Model UN or simulation conferences in every school in Singapore, working closely with the relevant stakeholders and supporting them – is a long one. As we continue to work towards this lofty goal, we seek the support of each and every delegate, student officer, teacher, and staff to help us to improve ourselves and our related programmes.
So join us at UNASMUN 2017! Whether you are a first-time or experienced delegate, we promise you a meaningful (and fun!) four-days from December 19 to 22, 2017, at the Singapore Institute of Management.