What is StetiMUN?
The word Stetimun is essentially made up from two parts: Steti referring to the name of our city Szczecin (Stettin) and MUN which is an abbreviation from Model United Nations. It is a conference that is held annually in II Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Szczecin and brings together young students from Poland as well as rest of Europe.
The idea of Model United Nations is even older than the organization itself. The first conference of this kind was held soon after the First World War at Harvard University as a simulation of work of UN’s precursor – The League of Nations. It quickly gained popularity was soon adopted by universities worldwide. After the Second World War as League of Nations was replaced by United Nations Organization the term Model United Nations appeared and has been used worldwide.
Currently a vast number of conferences is held all over the world. Stetimun brings together between 140 and 160 delegates who essentially work in committees of 15-25 people.
Stetimun 2017 is the eighth conference of this kind organized by our school. The staff consists of volunteer students who are guided by teachers and work really hard for the final outcome. Every year we receive a lot of support from the city hall and private companies which enables us to continually improve the rank of the event.
Szczecin Model United Nations is an outstanding opportunity for students to engage in global issues and learn the principles of international politics. Not only does it help the delegates in developing their discussion skills, but also teaches how to search for a compromise in delicate matters. What is more it is a wonderful opportunity to make international friends and have a lot of fun all the way.
How is the conference conducted?
The first part of conference is the Opening Ceremony, during which one representative from delegation of each country (usually the one taking part in Security Council, if in given country there is one) reads out their previously prepared opening speeches (a short speech in which the delegation should greet other participants and briefly summarize their policies). The next and substantial part are debates in committees, which take part around one and a half day. The first stage is formal debate and it is time for each delegate to deliver their policy statement, which is a short speech outlining their views on discussed topic and main points they think the resolution should contain. Subsequently, any delegate is allowed to submit a resolution which is then discussed in moderated caucus and can be changed by submitting amendments. At any stage unmoderated caucus can be called so that the delegates may move around the committee freely and discuss their points with each other individually. The debate is over when a resolution is passed.
The final part of the conference is the General Assembly, during which resolutions from all the committees are read out loud and once more voted by the whole Assembly. After all the resolutions have been discussed, the Closing Ceremony brings the conference to an end.