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Beijing Model United Nations (BEIMUN)
Posted 03/17/2016 01:37PM

The 23rd Beijing Model United Nations (BEIMUN) conference was held this past week from March 9 to March 12 at the Sun Palace Crowne Plaza in Beijing. Nineteen high school students represented SIS at this year's conference. Yoonjae (Jane) Lee and Dain Kim, both IB students in grade 11, were awarded the distinguished honor of leadership positions at BEIMUN XXIII. Jane was President of the Human Rights Council 1 and Dain was Deputy Assistant President of Human Rights Council 2.

"After three years of being a delegate and two years of chairing, I was able to understand MUN in many different dimensions. I would say that being a delegate actually expands the breadth of your knowledge on global issues and increases your public speaking skills while chairing experience allows you some leeway to make friends, and to simply enjoy the beauty of the conference. BEIMUN was my 14th, as well as the last, conference in the five years of my career. It leaves me with nostalgia of how great the past 5 years have been participating this program."
- Jane Lee

I have learned much, and I wanted to give back:
"I simply loved taking part in presenting the revelation that public speaking can be incredibly constructive. The chair is not only someone that simply writes a chair report, and facilitates communication between delegates (which is appealing in itself), but also someone who has control over the flow of the debate as a whole, who forms an atmosphere of passion and warmth, and who should give delegates sincere advice. Being a chair gave me the chance to bestow the revelation that I was gifted in the course of my MUN career, the power to potentially inspire someone of a new passion, and I feel extremely blessed to be able to partake in."

- Dain Kim

Model United Nations (MUN) conferences give our students the opportunity to see the world from different perspectives and practice diplomacy while debating complex issues such as global economic inequality, environmental sustainability, and humanitarian crises. As an affiliate of The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN), BEIMUN has been one of the leading MUN conferences in North Asia for over twenty years. Over 500 students from schools around the world participated in this year's conference.

Our students prepared for months, meeting every week with MUN directors Charles Tetreault and Dorie MacCormack and the SIS MUN leadership team, to research their assigned countries' positions and write resolutions on various issues to be debated in their assigned forums at BEIMUN. Representing the assigned countries of Angola and Saudi Arabia, our delegates achieved great success over the three days, with many becoming main submitters or co-submitters of resolutions in their respective committees. Congratulations to our SIS MUN team for another great conference!

- Dorie MacCormack, IB Teacher, MUN Director


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