Founding MaltMUN was one of the most impulsive decisions of my life and I have my co-founders and friends to thank for the 4 years of personal growth and achievement that I have experienced through the Society. In a short period, MaltMUN has made a name for itself at 15 conferences worldwide; 14 delegates have won individual awards spanning the entire range of honours offered and have brought home two delegation awards. Undoubtedly, our crowning glory so far has been the importation of MUN in Malta with not one, but two editions of ‘MaltMUN: the Conference’ under our belts. In addition to being patroned by their Excellencies the President of Malta and the Ambassador of the United States of America, ‘Lives Adrift’ went on to win the Charlemagne Prize for best national youth initiative. But MaltMUN’s greatest success stories remain the delegates who come to us at various stages of their academic and professional life and who blossom before our very eyes into the confident, articulate youths we always knew they could be. It will be an honour to extend MaltMUN’s legacy as President of the Society that has become my baby and to see it into the next 4 years of fostering excellence.
As Vice-President of MaltMUN my role will be focused on three important functions: 1) transition, 2) continuation and 3) longevity. This years’ executive committee is largely composed of new faces and thus ensuring a smooth transition between the old executive committee and the new executive committee will be key for the success of this new team. Furthermore having had the opportunity of being on the Secretariat of the MaltMUN Conference for the past two years I will also focus on building on what has already been done with the aim of ensuring that the Society’s mantra of Fostering Excellence grows. Having occupied the role of Strategic Planning Officer within last years’ executive I am in a position to understand what the MaltMUN Society needs in order to ensure its longevity for years to come. In this aspect having all of these new faces on board already speaks volumes of the policy adopted by the Society, that of going beyond its comfort zone and reaching out to new people. This has brought fresh ideas to the table and only by continuing on this route can we ensure that the Society lives on. Finally, I am a firm believer that MUN can not only help youths learn and develop their skills in the arts of diplomacy, debate and international politics but can also have an impact on the world we live in. The MaltMUN Society will strive to make Model UN an integral part of every student’s calendar, not only to create an MUN culture in Malta, but also to try and leave a positive impact for future generations to benefit from.
I joined MaltMUN by pure chance like many of our executive members, it seems. When I first got introduced to the society I was immediately impressed by it’s dedication, strive for perfection and professionalism, all of which are values I incorporate in my day to day life. The executive committee has gone through a lot of changes this year, and being nominated and elected as Secretary General was a great honour for me. As Ms. Chetcuti takes on the presidency, I very much look forward to carrying on her great work as Sec.Gen by ensuring we keep up the momentum of the last three years, further expand the society, and of course by always pursuing our mandate of ‘Fostering Excellence’ both domestically and abroad. We are moving into 2017 with a great team and ambitious plans and I look forward to seeing the results.
As a third year law student, I’ve always been interested in public speaking and debating and taking part in such activities has always proved to be highly rewarding. However, the experience I had at MaltMUN 2016 was second to none, as it came as an opportunity to enhance my public speaking skills in a fairly unique ambit. I felt honoured to have been asked to be part of the executive committee of such a prestigious and dedicated organisation last September. MaltMUN provides so much more than public speaking training, and as Financial Officer, I look forward to working together with the other executive members to provide the most outstanding experience possible to help our delegates further their public speaking skills and ameliorate their self-confidence. I am confident that solid teamwork will yield yet another fruitful year for our delegates.
Since I started doing MUNs I got the chance to challenge myself in both public speaking and also developed lobbying skills. At the same time I also started nurturing an interest in international affairs and through the conferences I got an insight of how diplomacy works. That allowed me to broaden my horizons and explore different realities, whilst meeting new people coming from different backgrounds. It gave me confidence, to be able to speak up and voice my own opinions. This year, I was assigned the role of Conference Manger, whereby my role would be organising MaltMUN and up keeping the success it always had in the past years. Whilst, ensuring that all the delegates have a fruitful experience with a lot of debating and some fun in the mix. Finally our aim would be that to give the same opportunity I had, to students, helping them grow and develop soft skills like debating skills.
My MUN journey began in September 2015, where I participated in the MaltMUN Conference. It was a weekend of many firsts – the first MUN conference in Malta, the first large-scale event organised by the society, and my first attempt at anything of this nature. Anyone who knows me knows I am always up for a challenge and am never one to shy away from a discussion. As surprised as I was, I was both honoured and humbled to be awarded “Best Delegate” – an outsider to politics and public speaking in all aspects. I have no doubt that the Society will continue to grow and attract larger and more diverse crowds, as well as improve on the already solid foundation built by the previous exec. Another MaltMUN Conference and another award in the bag, I am proud to form part of this talented team, and I look ahead at the immense potential this Society has to offer.
My experience with MaltMUN came to realisation after having participated in the Society’s annual Conference in 2016. Having embarked on this journey with the intention of refining my public speaking skills, I learned that MaltMUN provided me with a larger array of skills, which are definitely not limited to speaking and debating. The three-day long conference allowed me to get to know a number of fantastic individuals, whilst opening up the door to countless other opportunities. I believe that the organisation has the potential to provide young individuals with the necessary skills that could help positively shape their future, and the future of the world. Having witnessed what MaltMUN has achieved so far, my goal would be to build upon the stellar reputation that this organisation has already achieved.
I have always had a keen interest in both local and international affairs. Participation in the Mini-European Assembly and some encouragement from a like-minded friend lead to my subsequent participation in the London International Model United Nations. That fantastic experience lead to my becoming one of the Founding Members of the MaltMUN Society and I have seen it develop over the last few years, reaching various people from around the globe. Simultaneously I myself developed my own skills such as: public speaking, diplomacy and debating, both within the confines of the Society and without, and through the Society channeled that knowledge to other students so that they too could experience the thrill of an MUN. Presently, I have finished my studies at the University of Malta and embarked on a legal career. While this has left me with precious little time to devote to other activities, MaltMUN remains close to my heart and I am proud to continue to provide my input to the Society and all that it stands for.
My love for current affairs, youth participation and the ‘learning by doing’ approach has led me to participating in multiple different events over the last couple of years. Following the positive experiences at the Cambridge University International Model United Nations and MaltMUN, I took up the role of Logistics Officer within the organization in which I am tasked with finding adequate locations for the various events held during the year. I am grateful to what I have learnt through such simulations and the great potential MaltMUN holds. I am looking forward to what the following years have to offer for the benefit of current and future generations.
As a European Studies (Honours) student with a deep interest in international relations and diplomacy, I wanted to graduate with something more than just a degree. I felt the need to gain practical experience to compliment my field of study which I would not have acquired otherwise. I first participated in MaltMUN during the 2016 simulation “State of Terror: Keeping Citizens Safe In A Terrorized World” where I represented Malaysia in the United Nations Security Council Committee sessions. After my first taste of MaltMUN, I was immediately hooked on learning about the inner workings of the UN and honing my teamwork and public speaking skills which sorely needed improvement. Following these Committee sessions, I was thrilled to find that I had been invited to contest for membership of the 2017 Executive Board. My role as Public Relations Officer mainly involves overseeing social media, promoting the organisation, writing articles and press releases for media outlets and liaising with other team members and organisations. I look forward to further contributing to the development of MaltMUN, encouraging student participation and empowering youth to kick-start their careers feeling confident about their abilities and achievements.
To this day, I am still uncertain as to how I became part of the MaltMUN Society. I was asked to meet some people about a website, and before I had quite figured out what was happening I found myself at our first ever meeting having my name written into the statute. What a happy accident. My job is making sure that all the Society’s website and other technological systems are functioning consistently and somewhat predictably, as well as fixing them ASAP when this ceases to be the case. I also lend a hand in producing the organisation’s media, from posters to presentations, and ensure everything anyone produces sticks to our brand guidelines. Sadly, I am the only member of the team who’s never experienced a MUN first-hand as I had already graduated when I joined, but there isn’t a second I haven’t been proud to form part of such an excellent organisation. The best part of it all is seeing young students stand up and stare down an audience, empowered and armed with the tools to make a difference.
I’m one of those people who cannot stand having a quiet moment, so one my personal objectives is to always keep myself active with different projects. My first Model United Nations’ experience was through the Society’s first edition of MaltMUN. I was intrigued by this simulation that was bringing together so many youths to discuss the relevant issue of migration in the midst of the severe migration crisis of the summer of 2015. This event was a perfect opportunity to push myself out of my theatrical comfort zone by working and compromising with a group of acquaintances who were all representing different countries and their respective opinions. Following this experience, I was asked to take care of the Society’s social media platforms and events as Public Relations Officer for the term of 2015-2016, which was a very fruitful and exciting experience. Presently as Content Manager, I take care of the general administration of the website and essentially making sure you’re not calling the old President instead of the present one. In addition to this, I ensure that our Society’s website represents our strong and well-organised team and the enthusiasm and professionalism with which we are approaching these simulations.