Reporter: Priyanka Krishna
Editor: Alya Malik Faisal
Photographs sourced by: Natalie Soo
With the second online THIMUN Singapore approaching, AISM has yet again begun their annual journey preparing for the thrilling conference. The week-long event, set to take place from November 15 to 19, will consist of students engaging in forming a series of resolutions on various global issues.
This year AISM will provide 20 delegates representing the delegations of Israel and China. With representation in seven different committees, two fortunate delegates are given the opportunity to exercise veto privileges within the Security Council portraying one of five major global superpowers. All of the delegates are undoubtedly looking forward to the journey ahead, as they prepare to compose a series of resolutions aligning with the stance of their delegation. The appeal of this, this year’s ambassador of China, Cheryl Lim (12G) states, comes from “Seeing students with varying ages and backgrounds come together to constructively debate and solve global issues.” She further adds that being a delegate “is an enriching experience that teaches [her] something new each year”.
However, the position of a delegate is not the only “enriching experience” that THIMUN Singapore provides. We are exceptionally pleased to have a record number of successful special position applicants in the ten years of our participation. Four experienced MUNers will be taking on the active role of moderating debates and guiding committees in chairing positions. Specifically, this includes Nichole Ong (11W) as Chair of the Legal & Finance Committee, Octavius Tan (12W) as Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Council, Jiale Lim (12W) as Deputy President of the International Security Committee, and Alice Tan (11G) as Deputy Chair of the Security Council. When asked about her chairing appointment, Alice expressed her “mixed feelings”: “I’m excited because this is my first time chairing in THIMUN, I’m also scared”. Nonetheless, this whirlwind of emotions is shared by her fellow successful chairing applicants.
I am also overjoyed to be appointed as the editor-in-chief of THIMUN Singapore’s journalistic team, MUNITY Press. Delightedly, my successful application was one of seven. This year, Alya Malik Faisal (11W), and Sufiya Mustaffakamal (7W) serve as text editors, Jasmin Unsworth (7G) and Su Min Jung (7G) as reporters, and Natalie Soo (11W) and Ishwarya Krishna (10W) as layout editors. Making up seven of the eight members of the MUNITY Press team, AISM will no doubt have a significant role in capturing the remarkable experiences of the many participants of the conference.
So far, delegates are beginning to venture into the intricate diplomacy, history, and values of the delegations of Israel and China, as they prepare country presentations for the coming week. This marks the beginning of what is sure to be yet another fulfilling and memorable experience for the semester. For some of us, this conference will be our last. Surely, one final adventure into THIMUN Singapore will prove to be unforgettable.