AMSA-Unpad MUN is one of AMSA-Unpad’s English Academy programs. Model United Nations itself is a competition where participants act as delegates of a certain country. They must represent that country’s views and interest upon solving a healthcare issue in an assigned UN council. It is a competition that often consists of law or international relations students, but in AMSA-Unpad MUN, we believe that even future healthcare professionals need to know how to solve healthcare issues beyond the medical scope and including the legal and ethical aspect touched upon in an MUN. Therefore, this year’s competition is open for public and high school students, although it remains predominantly composed of health-sector students.
The grand theme for AMSA-Unpad MUN 2018 is “Cultivating Greater Awareness for Today’s Healthcare Issues”, because we believe that today, so many issues around the world actually have health and well-being aspects that need to be addressed. Our four councils are WHO for Varsity (“Addressing Current Challenges of Antibiotic Resistance”), WHO for High School (“Addressing the 2020 Agenda on Mental Health”), UNHCR (“Ensuring the Health and Well-being of Rohingya Refugees”), and UNHRC (“Ensuring the Rights to Sexual and Reproductive Health”).
This year, we had over 60 delegates from both university and high school levels. Many varsity delegates came from across the country, as this is open on a national scale, and some were even other AMSA-university members. On the day of the committee sessions, each conference room came alive with fruitful discussions and brilliant ideas as to how they should approach this topic. Blocs were made between countries as stances were declared. Each council created a couple of working papers to reflect their process and progress towards creating a resolution. The final draft resolution was presented on the final committee session, and after amendments and further discussion, each council decided on one draft resolution that best and catered to most country’s interests.
Not only did we have committee sessions, we also began with a welcoming dinner and farewell party. After welcoming dinner, we provided an MUN 101 because this is some the delegates’ first time joining an MUN, and it is important for all delegates to know the basics of MUN. Delegates also enjoyed an intriguing talk related to one of our council’s topic, depression, by Dr. dr. Deni K. Sunjaya, DESS.
Of course, at the end of the committee sessions, we presented our awards to the Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, and Honorable Mention from each council, along with the winner of the Best Position Paper and other verbal commendations. The committee also presented certificates for the lovely Board of Dais that helped oversee the progress and discussion of each council.
The core team and committee worked very hard to provide a worthy and enjoyable experience for all delegates, yet we know there is more to be improved for future events. It still brought smiles to all our faces to see how the delegates enjoyed this year’s AMSA-Unpad MUN, from the venue, the substance, and the new friends they got to meet from across the nation. We wish to thank all delegates for, and we hope to see you again next time!
Friendship, Science, Action