Veronica’s PAMUN Experience

From the 28th of November to the 2nd of December, the ISE Model United Nations (MUN) team attended the international conference in Paris (PAMUN). If you want to hear about my impressions of the trip as well as get a general overview of what a MUN trip is like, keep reading.

Having lived in Paris for four years when I was younger, I was very excited to be back. Just being in this city, seeing the playgrounds were I played as a child and eating the Amorino ice cream that, back then, turned me into an ice cream lover, was like falling in love for the very first time (only, this time with a city).

However, I did not go to Paris to simply enjoy the city. I departed for the French capital as a part of my school’s MUN team to participate in the annual PAMUN conference. PAMUN was a great experience despite being very different from what we saw at MUNOT (MUN of Tallinn). I found that the level of debate was very high at PAMUN and that the general mindset, within the separate committees, was one of great dedication. Also, the size of the conference was very different from the lovely but small MUNOT – there were around 800 students at PAMUN! So, naturally, we did not get to make as many speeches as we had hoped. That being said, we all got to say something at least once, and I am proud to announce that two people from our team got the chance to speak at the general assembly on the last day. I think it was an excellent opportunity to improve our public speaking skills – it takes a lot of courage to speak in front of so many people!

I think it would have been nice to extend the conference for one more day as I feel that the last two days were a bit rushed. We ended up passing our resolution, but we only had four clauses. If we had had more time, I am sure that we would have been able to add more and possibly improve the resolution as a whole. In terms of the social aspect, it would also have been nice with an extra day so that we could get to know the people that we had just met a little better.

Overall, I enjoyed this trip, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that it was a great experience and that we learned a lot (not only about MUN procedure but also about French culture). If the ISE MUN team got the chance to go to PAMUN again next year, I am confident that there would be a lot of volunteers.

Here you can see the conference schedule:

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Here is a picture of the ISE PAMUN team on the last day of the trip:

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By Veronica Beckvard

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