HNMUN stands for the Harvard National Model United Nations. This year the 62nd took held in Boston of United States.
Two Rotaractors and One Rotarian from Cyprus were selected among the 15 delegates.
Burak Berk Doluay, Karine Makarian and Maria Kapari sharing with us their experience.
“ It was an amazing experience, I had the chance to create amazing friendships which I inspired a friend of mine to join Rotaract, explored Boston and attend one of the biggest MUN conferences with 3000 participants. I don’t feel so lucky for felt the -22 Celsius, which was a record since 1934 but even that is something that you only live it once “ – Burak Berk Doluay
” On Christmas evening last year, I got an unexpected email from the United Nations Youth Student Association in Cyprus (UNYSA) saying that I was chosen to be part of the Cyprus delegation to the 62nd Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) in Boston, USA!
The conference was to take place from the 11th until the 14th of February, so one could definitely count on 4 days filled with intense debates and a lot of lobbying, and indeed, that is what was offered. Many hours were spent discussing issues of great importance in current affairs and drafting a resolution that would be later voted on. What made the HNMUN stand out from the rest, was the quality of participants and the level of realism the conference brought about.
All in all, Model UN’s are something that every student should at least experience once in their academic career. Apart from giving a valuable insight as to how the real United Nations works, it is also a great platform to hone in your public speaking, debating and networking skills all the while, enriching your knowledge and life experiences.” – Karine Makarian
” On 11th-14th of February I had the honor to participate at the first Cyprus Delegation on the 62nd Harvard National Model United Nation Conference. During the conference I represented Israel at the Historical General Assembly of 1979. During the session, we had the chance to evaluate whether or not an invasion and occupation of another country can be retroactively justified if the invasion ends genocide, under the auspices of the Vietnamese Intervention in Cambodia. Unfortunately, at the end of the session we did not reach any Resolution proving only again the fact that such issues cannot be resolved within three days but it takes time and willingness from all parts in order to reach a worldwide peace.” – Maria Kapari