There was a palpable sense of excitement as the vast hall of the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center was filled with hundreds of participants and young students last Saturday. Everyone was eager to witness thirty young students from various universities honing their skills in diplomacy and defend their states’ interests up on the stage at the 6th Phnom Penh Model United Nations.
In a sustained push to enable the flourishing of academic excellence in students, the Department of International Studies held the 6th Phnom Penh Model United Nations event with the aim of providing students a forum to hone their skills in diplomacy, develop and use critical thinking to negotiate and how to compromise in the high-level diplomatic atmosphere role-playing as country representatives to discuss world affairs and find suitable solutions for global issues.
During the simulation, participating students (delegates) were assigned to sit with their partners and represented the realistic positions of the country they have chosen to debate and discuss on the “Current Situation in Venezuela”.
Young delegates also unleashed their best skills in order to negotiate with other delegates from other countries in order to achieve a consensual agreement on that matter.
Sar Socheata, a third year student at Royal University of Phnom Penh, was moderating as a chairwoman of United Nations in the simulated addresse: “Being a chairwoman for the whole simulation, it provided me with a great platform to speak up and to understand the deeper context of diplomatic procedures at the United Nations Meeting”.
Behind the pride and glory of representing their nations on the stage is the fact that each delegate had to go through strenuous processes of training before reaching the final simulation.
Sar Socheata also revealed to Youth Today that “In order to get the simulation proceed smoothly, each delegate had to go through an intensive training session and make sure to be well-prepared.
“You need to be flexible to deal with the sudden changes in the actions of each delegate. Moreover, you also need to cope with time management and nerve wracking comments thrown at us by the audience”. The 22-year-old also encouraged other young people out there who plan to be delegates and involved in this procedure.
“No matter who you are, or where you are from, just be courageous and speak up. Being involved in this kind of event will build your confidence in your own skills. It will also challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and broaden your perspective with current issues happening around the world too”.
One of the participant, Ms. San echoed that “Having participated in this simulation, I got to understand a lot about the decision making-process of the United Nations as well as the current situation in Venezuela. Moreover, I appreciate the potential and professionalism that has been made here. Their enthusiasm and effort will pay off and contribute a lot to Cambodia’s future”.