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印象•12th CNMUNC 第一委员会特辑
The University of New South Wales -Andrew Blackie
“It was an early summer morning in Australia when we departed for Shanghai to join the 12th China National Model United Nations, and the temperature was pushing zero when we arrived the same night. The change of seasons did not bother us four young intrepid Australians, however; led by the Australian Human Rights Commission and UNSW Human Rights Centre, we were the only foreign faces present at China’s largest annual model UN. Drawing over 500 students from every corner of China, the model UN was a unique opportunity to test and develop our diplomacy, negotiation and cross-cultural communication.Every year, four Australian representatives have the privilege to join CNMUN as part of the Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program between the Chinese and Australian governments. As the only project with a youth focus, CNMUN has distinct potential. The annual event, hosted this year at the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), has significance far beyond a competition: it is actually a discussion between young, internationally engaged students on how the international system can best be shaped to resolve the transnational challenges that are defining our world. Ending poverty, combating new forms of terrorism, and guarding against epidemics were just three of the topics addressed at this year’s forum.Representing Albania in the Economic and Social Council, I learnt a lot not only about the small Eastern European country, but also about crafting a regional approach to development likely to find favour within the all-important ‘blocs’ of voting nations.It was my first model UN, and familiarising myself with the rules of procedure was at times a challenge. At its best, the conference took on the spirit of a genuine UN meeting: the first evening, everyone was passing diplomatic notes, anxiously sounding out alliances; by the second day, everyone was referring to each other by the name of their country. ‘Go and talk to Ghana / Serbia / Togo,’ became a representative refrain as each bloc scrambled for the absolute majority needed to get their resolution passed. All involved displayed remarkable teamwork in gruelling late-night drafting and negotiating sessions.
CNMUN was particularly valuable for me as an insight into how Chinese students conceptualise international organisations, including the UN, and multilateral issues such as poverty, terrorism and health. As China’s role in the international system continues to grow, exchanging views and creating better understanding will become increasingly essential. It was also an honour to meet, and have our session judged by, China’s former Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Wang Xuexian. CNMUN gave me a greater understanding of the mandates, functions and processes of the UN. I will carry forward the important lessons I learned about diplomacy and negotiations, and hope to have the chance to use these skills again. As for the many friends I had the fortune to meet during the three intense days of the competition, I am sure I will see them all again. For the four of us Australians, CNMUN was an extraordinary, unforgettable experience.”-----Andrew Blackie