King’s Academy, February 24, 2016 — Last weekend some 300 delegates from schools* in Jordan and Palestine attended King’s Academy’s sixth annual Model United Nations conference (KAMUN) under this year’s theme of “think small, win big”.
Delegates participated in nine primary forums – Security Council, Arab League, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Disarmament Commission, Human Rights Council, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court and Jordanian Model Parliament – debating and negotiating over solutions to pressing issues ranging from medical standards in Africa to the unemployment crisis in the Middle East to human rights of Syrian refugees, among many others.
Secretary General and three-time KAMUN participant Rami Rustom ’16 explained how the conference has evolved over the years, shifting away from politics and moving towards a more entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving.
“It’s about focusing on a single problem to find a more creative, efficient and impactful way of doing things,” he said. “When you scale it down, and make it small and easy to understand, it becomes much easier to solve effectively.”
KAMUN has also grown increasingly selective in order to create a more personalized experience for delegates, Rustom added.
“We’re trying to make it less about the United Nations and more about our own interests in order to make it relevant.”
Guest speakers during the conference included Lina Sergie Attar, who works with Syrian refugees through the Karam Foundation, and Maher Hakim, a professor of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar – two examples of people “who are doing important work that they really care about,” Rustom explained.
“MUN can become less about the UN and more about problem solving,” he said. “It can be about people following their passions – putting those passions into words and hopefully into actions.”
*Participating schools: Assriya Schools, Bishop’s School, College De La Salle – Frères, International Community School, Amman Baccalaureate School, Modern American School, American School of Palestine, International Amman Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, Ahliyya School for Girls, Khalda School for Girls, Salt School, Mashrek Academy and National Orthodox School