IPB Students Taking Role in the UN Meeting Simulation

Students are always closely associated with learning, having discussion, debating and expressing opinions in public. But what would happen if they argued in front of many people using a foreign language in a place where international policy is decided. Most students dream of it, an opportunity to leave a significant marks in the history of their lives.

This is what was experienced by Citra Atrina Sari, a student of Department of Economics of Syariah, Faculty of Economics and Management and Arwa Violaditya Rarasocta, Department of Science Communication and Community Development, Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) at Geneva International Model United Nations 2018 (24-29/3) at the UN Headquarters of the Palais des Nations, Geneva-Switzerland. The event was held by GIMUN, a student organization that has a Special Consultative status directly under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN Economic and Social Council).

Citra and Arwa were qualified for the event fully funded (full cost of the Service de la Solidarité Internationale of the Canton of Geneva) and became a delegate at the United Nations Model (MUN). MUN is a simulation of UN sessions, in which each participant will act as a country diplomat. Each participant will be a representative of a country and posted in one of the UN committees or bodies to discuss world issues in accordance with the committee's main duties, tasks, and functions. At the end, the committee is expected to be able to issue a resolution based on the discussions they have.

Citra explained that each participant should make a position paper that shows what the country's stance is on the issue. Then, she/he should come up with policies that will be adopted as a member of the United Nations in an effort to resolve the issue.

“In this activity I became a representative of the Dutch state in the UN Human Rights Council committee. The committee discussed terrorism and minorities. The topics were: Protecting Human Rights in the Context of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism and Supporting the Rights and Opportunities of National or Ethnic, Religious, and Linguistic Minorities,” explained Citra.

In the hearings they should act as diplomatically as possible. They must have a full grasp of the country's position (on the issue), its policies, and understand its relationship with other countries and the impacts of the policies they will pursue. So they have to do a lot of research and analysis in order to achieve a solution to the issues discussed. Of course, they still have to put the country's interest first in working with other countries, she added.

While Arwa herself said that she became a representative of the State of Oman on the Arab League committee. Arab League is a regional organization consisting of Arab countries aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in economic, social, political, and cultural fields. “We discussed two topics, which were about creating guidance on preventing the financing of terrorist groups and on the diversification and economic integration among Arab countries,” she said.

Citra and Arwa hoped they could share their experience with others in order to inspire more people. They wanted to spread the youthful spirit of Indonesia to be filled by young people who have positive mentality and can compete in the international arena so that in the future Indonesia can be better and more advanced than before.

“I am very glad and grateful to be able to attend GIMUN with a financial aid program. This was a golden ticket and the process was not easy. Being able to take a simulation of a UN trial directly at the UN headquarters is an unforgettable experience. Moreover, we represented the alma mater and the country. I could also gain experience, knowledge, and new network,” said Citra. (NA/Zul)

Published Date : 16-Apr-2018

Resource Person : Citra Atrina Sari dan Arwa Violaditya Rarasocta

Keyword : International Student Awards, IPBs Student, United Nations