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SIFO’s Korea Model United Nations (KMUN) 2017
Written by Jason Whang | Published. 2017.03.31 17:43 | Count : 1932
The SIFO’s Korea Model United Nations (KMUN) conference is a three-day Model United Nations simulation for middle and high school students. SIFO’s KMUN is an annual conference organized by the Seoul International Friendship Organization (SIFO) in Korea. This year, the 10thsession of the KMUN conference was hosted on February 10-12 at the Gangneung Women's Center. This year’s KMUN conference was co-organized with the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games (POCOG).
Courtesy of the KMUN Secretariat
The SIFO’s KMUN conference has been held at Ewha Women’s University for the last nine years. However, as the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics and Paralympics are coming up, the educational team of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) reached out to the KMUN Secretariat to promote these events among the youth. Mr. Aaram Kim and his education team co-hosted this year’s KMUN at Pyeongchang, giving students an opportunity never experienced before such as a trip to two Olympic test events. Typically, this conference is exclusive for international school students; however, this year, KMUN invited one-hundred twenty local Gangneung students to participate and learn more about the Olympic and Paralympic games.
This year, the KMUN conference was very special as the POCOG team invited the students to two test-run events including the 2017 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at the Gangneung Oval and 2017 Freestyle Snowboard World Cup at the Bokwang Snow Park. The participants of KMUN were given the opportunity to watch these world-class sporting events.
In an interview with Mr. Hyong Min Kim, the Secretary General of the 10th session of SIFO’s KMUN, has stated that he “knew the conference would be by nature different from other MUN conferences.” Mr. Kim was excited and acknowledged that having the conference and activities revolve around the Olympics made this year’s KMUN “unique and unparalleled.”
This year’s KMUN conference was a memorable and rewarding experience. Working with POCOG as a Student Officer and Chair along with five other officers was truly an honor.
POCOG Youth Olympic Truce Special Committee
The KMUN conference follows The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN). In THIMUN-affiliated conferences, there are many committees that are specialized with its unique issues. For example, the Human Rights Council is specialized, along with drafts resolutions that pertain to human rights issues around the world.  In KMUN, the two General Assemblies worked towards achieving peace and prosperity through the Olympics and Paralympics. The two General Assemblies debated and drafted resolutions on issues ranging from building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal to promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities. Each committee tackled various issues that are significant to many people around the world. The delegates represented their nation’s stance on issues and collaborated with other delegates in drafting resolutions that would solve the particular issue.
At the end of the conference, the participants of the 10th KMUN left with mixed emotions. For Mr. Hyong Min Kim, this KMUN conference was the most memorable privilege of serving at the top leadership position of the Secretariat. He expressed that it “was an opportunity for me to put to the test all the skills and know-how's I have accumulated.” He hoped those delegates and participants all to “cherish the experience as a lifelong memory.” Mr. John Cho, a delegate of the Human Rights Council said that he was “a bit disappointed,” but was glad that he gained “a greater understanding of the Olympic games and the Olympic spirit.” Regardless of positions and roles, all participants of the 10th KMUN left with positive feedback and praise for the Secretariat team’s hard work in preparing for a remarkable conference.

Jason Whang
Grade 9
Seoul Foreign School

Jason Whang  student_reporter@dherald.com

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