KAMUN: Letter from the Secretary-General

Dear all,

Why do MUN? At the beginning of every year in which I have participated in Model United Nations, I have asked myself this one simple question. It is an incredible amount of time, money, and effort invested just to learn about politics and global issues. While that is a central part, I do not believe it is what MUN is about. MUN is about hard work and perseverance, the skills of persuasion and teamwork, and ultimately, the courage to stand for ones’ beliefs. All of these are traits not constrained to the three day conferences or lobbying and merging sessions. They are not skills that can be taught in a classroom, but rather have to be experienced, have to be lived. They are skills that we all need to survive.
When thinking about why we do MUN, it is also important to remember what MUN can give us. MUN gives us confidence, persuasion and ultimately, the skills needed to enact real change. To really learn from our MUN experiences, we cannot just passively engage and expect to grow, but rather we have to dive fully into our experience, and put all of the effort and time needed into research, preparation and involvement. Only then will MUN have meaning.
In our conference this year, we decided to focus not merely on the problems and their solutions, but the effects of those solutions. The reality is that, many of our solutions have consequences that are rarely thought of, and delegates in MUN, just like decision makers in the real world, must consider the costs of their actions We became more critical of Band-Aid solutions and haphazard fixes, seeing the real unexpected negative effects these attempts have had. We thought about the long term influence of our ideas, and the legacy we wanted them to have. This year, we want our delegates to consider the consequences of their solutions, and weigh the costs of their actions. That’s why our theme is “at what cost”, a challenge for delegates to ask themselves: what price are they willing to pay to achieve the solutions they want?
I officially welcome you all to KAMUN’17. We hope you will join us as we consider the costs that we are willing to pay in vibrant discussions, well-thought out solutions, and engaging debate. And as KAMUN2017 approaches, we challenge you to ask yourself “at what cost?” in your own life. After all, MUN is a model for solving problems in the real world.

Best regards,

Katie Jonsson
Secretary General of KAMUN’17

About KAMUN & King’s Academy

In 2007, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan tried to recreate his New England boarding school experience, and founded King’s Academy – a coeducational prep school oftentimes compared to a lush oasis in a barren desert, where future generations of regional and global leaders are prepared with a world class education.

The conference is hosted on the King’s Academy campus, which also held the 2014 Round Square International Conference, and the 2015 United Nations Youth4Peace conference (hosted by His Highness the Crown Prince Hussein – who also happens to be an alumnus).

The conference will last from February 18-20, and is prefaced with two days of pre-conference activities, including a trip to the Mount Nebo and Petra (one of the Wonders of the World). The conference will be concluded with our trademark Arab night with Jordanian food, celebrations, and hospitality.

Meet Our Team!

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Katie Jonsson

Secretary-General

Email: katherinejonsson17@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 9839 9161

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Dina Kuttab

Deputy Secretary-General

Email: dinakuttab17@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 7739 5152

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Jack Blacklaw

Deputy Secretary-General

Email: jackblacklaw17@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 9591 6737

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Shaadi Khoury

Advisor

Email: skhoury@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 7761 0152

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Maya Mounla

Head Organizer

Email: mayamounla17@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 7531 8081

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Boyi Yao

Deputy Head Organizer

Email: boyiyao17@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 7841 8737