On December 9 to 12, 2010, Açı High School sent a team of intense political thinkers and debaters to the TIMUN (Turkish International Model United Nations) conference, representing Belgium. The theme this year at TIMUN was the rapprochement of cultures. Our group of students presented several riveting resolutions:
- Kaan Başer – main co submitter on ”Assistance for Survivors of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, particularly Orphans, Widows and Victims of Sexual Abuse” for Human Rights Committee ;
- Aydın Çelebi – main co submitter on ”The Question of Governments that Hold Associations with Terrorrist Organizations” for Legal Committee; resolution missed by one point;
- Nathan Candaner – main submitter on ”The Status of Roma people in Europe” for Special Conference; main submitter; resolution passed;
- Erman Ermihan on ”The territorial Dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia” for Territorial Disputes Committee; resolution passed;
- Asya İğmen on ”The Vulnerability of the Global Oil Market to Natural Disasters, Terrorist Attacks and Political Unrest” for ECOSOC; resolution passed;
- Güvenç Kutlusoy on ”The management of Biotechnology and Its Impact on the Environment” for Environment Committee;
- Aykan Esen – main co submitter on ”Control of Conflict Minerals” for Disarmament Committee.
Kaan Başer speaking
Erman Ermihan speaking
Nathan Candaner speaking
In addition to honing their debating skills, everyone had fun, met peers from other countries, and made new friends.
Kaan Başer says: ‘’ It is usually at certain difficult times that we come out of comfort zones and expand beyond our old selves. TIMUN 2010 was one of those times where I had to break off my shackles and transform into a more self-confident and improved ‘me’.
Although this was my 3rd conference, I felt a grave responsibility as most of our team was made-up of newcomers. I wanted them to have the same fascinating experience as I did two years ago when I attended my 1st conference at RCIMUN. For that reason, I was not only excited and a bit nervous that I was attending such a conference as the ambassador of our delegation but also proud as this was going to be a remarkable experience for those attending the 1st time.
TIMUN 2010 exceeded all my expectations! The organization, the food, the guest speakers, the intense debate, the timing, the questions at hand, and the friends I made…It snowed all throughout the conference giving it a unique feeling compared to the other conferences I’ve been to.
Üsküdar American Academy, where the conference took place – was also where I learned about MUN the first time three years ago. Looking back at how I used to be and seeing myself now, really makes me go emotional. With all my sincerity, TIMUN 2010 was a truly memorable experience that I will remember the rest of my life.’’
Erman adds: ‘’ It was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my life. I learnt how to debate; more importantly, I learnt not to shy away when talking in front of people. I met different people from different countries. We had a lot of fun. I saw a different school with a great campus and atmosphere. Also, I felt like a businessman. Wearing a tie and a suit was very enjoyable. I didn’t want to leave that conference. I already look forward to attending future MUN conferences! ‘
Güvenç commented: ‘’ TIMUN was a great experience for me, a sophomore in school. I learned the structure and that MUN is not something you should be afraid of but something you should have real fun and learn new things at every single conference. Before going to TIMUN I was bored in the MUN classes, but now that we have just finished TIMUN, I can’t wait for the MUN class to come ! It was an amazingly exciting experience. However much I cannot make any comparisons as this was my first conference, I think it had some small problems with the program and some other organizational aspects but in general it helped me to overcome my fears.’’
Asya concludes: ‘’TIMUN was a great experience, both for my debating skills and social skills. I really enjoyed being a part of the ECOSOC committee, because we weren’t in the GA, so we had fun at the same time. I got to meet very interesting people and came across old friends, whom I hadn’t seen for a long time. I have to admit, I thought TIMUN was going to be a very serious and rough conference, but the joyful delegates and amusing chairs proved me wrong. Even though we started prepping for TIMUN only two weeks before it actually started, I think we managed: the resolution we wrote during lobbying time on Friday about the vulnerability of the global oil market passed. I am still trying to recover from the long hours of debating and I am still very tired; still, I really think it was worth it!’’
We’d like to congratulate our MUN team on their successes at the TIMUN conference, and we’re sure they’re looking forward to the next conference which will take place at Prague, Czech Republic!