The 20th anniversary of Harvard WorldMUN was celebrated in Singapore – the melting pot of cultures in Asia – by our delegation of 16 KIT students, together with 2300 students coming from more than 65 nations.
Impressed by the dynamic spirit and cultural diversity of Singapore, we were not only involved in heated debates during the weeklong conference, but also formed concepts for resolutions. Due to our intensive preparation each one of our delegates was able to participate in the realistic simulation of the various UN-committees. The preliminary work included research on the political and societal situation, as well as the foreign-policy agenda of the country we had to represent. In particular, we had to develop a deep understanding of the religious and cultural aspects of Afghanistan – the country we were assigned to act for – in order to opine as authentically as possible.
Past the committee-meetings and discussions the cultural exchange continued. Numerous events provided us with the opportunity to represent our home country. Moreover, the “Social Events” offered the chance to experience the cosmopolitan city of Singapore and made us forget about the stresses and strains prior to our trip. At the traditional “Cabaret Night” the different delegations performed local dances and animated the audience to join in. That is the “MUN-Spirit” that bonds the students together and creates unforgettable international experiences.
The closing ceremony was the indisputable highlight of the week. It was held on the beautiful Sentosa Island Resort. The atmosphere of the long sheltered beach offered the perfect opportunity for our delegation to reflect on the eventful conference-week and raised our expectations for the upcoming “Farewell Party”. The intercultural exchange in the modern and emergent city of Singapore made this Harvard WorldMUN conference an unforgettable experience and a great success for our delegation from Karlsruhe.