From October 6th to 8th, there was a MUN conference held in UWCSEA East, and I attended as a delegate of Iraq in the Legal Committee. I focused on the topic of economic migrants and refugees because Iraq has been accepting refugees from Syria since the Syrian crisis and Iraq itself has more than 2.5million refugees. This topic was interesting because it was questioning about the legal distinction between economic migrants and refugees, and the delegates were expected to come up with solutions that will ensure the safety of the hosting countries, as well as protecting the human rights of the economic migrants and the refugees.
The challenge for me was that I did not have much time to do research and other preparation, since I had a lot of assignments and tests. However, I decided to spend one day a week before the conference to do all the research and resolution writing, so I was able to attend the conference prepared.
It was my fifth conference, so I was pretty comfortable with the all procedures and I am satisfied with it, since I was able to make speeches and POIs quite a few times. However, I wish that I could have made more speeches, especially on the second day, because towards the end, the chairs did not choose people who have already spoken, and there were no more time for debating on amendments and such.
I was able to develop my understanding of issues of cyber attacks, economic immigrants and the ICC regards to Rome Statute, and my confidence in speaking in front of people. Furthermore, I was able to be comfortable in making a speech with little amount of bullet points.
LO1 – Identifying your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth
LO5 : Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively
LO6 : Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
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