Guatemala

Jenifer de Leon, Leslie Quiroa & Aysel Huseynova

Jenifer de Leon

Jenifer de Leon

In a rainy day of August, 1987 a girl named Jenifer de León was born in a beautiful country known as Guatemala City. Since she was a child, she always dreamed to be a teacher and her dream came true in 2006 when she graduated from LSB School as Teacher of Primary Level of English as a Second Language. Additionally, she gets involved in volunteering activities to be a positive social agent. In 2007 when she was 19 years old she decided to study International Relations in San Carlos University that is the only one public university in her country. She wanted to know better the situation in Guatemala, get involved in it and try to make changes. She is interested in social problems and has participated in activities related to human rights, feminism, international trade, environment and others. At the moment she is about to finish her final academic project. She chose genetically modified organisms as a research topic and studies their impact on the international relations of Guatemala. In future she wants to continue studying, maybe in another country if she gets a chance because this can be a great opportunity to get to know another culture. She is a young dreamer who wants to contribute to the development of her country in different ways, and participation in an International Model United Nations Security Council will help her to live her dream. To represent Guatemala in Azerbaijan is an exciting opportunity and upon the completion of an event in Baku Jenifer is eager to share the knowledge and skills gained with her young colleagues.
Leslie Quiroa

Leslie Quiroa

My name is Leslie Quiroa; I’m a student in the City University of New York (CUNY). I was raised in Guatemala City were I almost finished my International Relations Degree. However, I am planning to graduate with a Associate Degree in Business Administration by fall 2013 at LaGuardia Community College in CUNY. After I’ll be graduated I have plans to enter a transfer to Zicklin School of Business at Baruch or Stern school of New York University to get the International Business Bachelor Degree. Basically who I am and what I want out of my career and life are reflected in my vision, experience, knowledge and values. I’m the kind of person who likes to improve in knowledge and abilities. For that reason my philosophy is not to believe that failure is negative, but it is a way to learn from each mistake and grow as a person. In effect, the opportunities and failures have helped to push me to look forward my career in International Business and Political Science Studies. I’ve been working on social projects since I entered the Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City (2007). While I was there, I was a member of Student Movement For The Change which helped to create creative ideas to involve students in political interests and to raise the student’s interest in the community environment. At the same time I was a member in AISEC (Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales) where I developed many of my abilities for leadership. For that reason in 2009 I was chosen to represent the Political Science Faculty which was part of the International Relations Major, where I helped to develop projects for the students to improve their knowledge and abilities in their social surroundings. And now, I’m getting my internship at the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the United Nations for the General Assembly Third Committee, which is expected to finish on December, 2013. Moreover the continued interest in helping people and developing my skills and knowledge has given me the opportunity to reach for new challenges and to be part of different organizations. These experiences have been helping to strengthen my leadership and interrelations skills.
Aysel Huseynova

Aysel Huseynova

I'm Aysel Huseynova from Azerbaijan. Currently I am doing Master of Arts degree in Diplomacy and International Affairs at Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. At the same time, I work at AIESEC- international student-lead organization. My first experience in MUN goes back to 2011, when I was a second year Bachelor student. That was Regional MUN bringing together 3 Caucasian countries. It was an amazing feeling to be a diplomat even for one day and I look forward to seeing other delegates and living the same feeling again. Don't wait for the perfect moment - take the moment and make it perfect. See you in IMUN Baku!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions & Answers.

    Q: What is Model United Nations?

    A: Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of United Nations General Assembly committees and other bodies that constitute the UN system. MUN affords students the opportunity to step into the shoes of ambassadors to the UN and debate issues currently on the agenda of the organisation.

      Q: How did Model UN begin?

      A: While there is no official record of how Model UN began, we do know that Model UN is the successor of a series of student-led Model League of Nations simulations. Some people believe that the first Model UN conference was held at Harvard University, although other colleges claim they held the first conference. Regardless, simulations of international organizations began even before the birth of the United Nations.

      Q: Who participates in Model UN?

      A: It is estimated that more than 400,000 students around the world at all educational levels from primary school to university, participate each year in Model UN. A number of today's leaders in business, the arts, government and law participated in Model UN as students – including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. And the popularity of Model UN continues to grow.

      Q: What is a Model UN conference?

      A: Conferences differ in structure and programme. Some MUN programmes take place in the classroom; others are school-wide. Conferences which are much larger, are held at the regional, national, or international level, and feature participants from the host country as well as from around the world. Middle school, high school and university students gather annually in groups as few as 15 to over 3000 to simulate the meetings and negotiation efforts of member states at UN Conferences. The size of a MUN conference and the number of committees simulated are determined by the host organisation. Conferences are staffed entirely by students and unique feature of many of these conferences is the simulation of real UN committees, addressing hypothetical concerns or issues from the past or future such as the 1992 Earth Summit, an historic Security Council, the Russian Civil War 1918, and Joint Crisis Committees, in which delegates must react to a hypothetical or actual crisis situation.

      Q: Where and when are Model UN conferences held?

      A: While Model UN conferences are often held at educational institutions, larger conferences generally take place in convention centers and sometimes even at government buildings. These conferences take place virtually every month throughout the school year, but there are few events in the summer as well.

      Q: What is a Model UN delegate?

      A: A Model UN delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations at a Model UN event. Experience in international relations is not required for this sort of the activity. Model UN students tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business, education, etc.

      Q: What are the benefits of participation in Model UN conferences?

      A: Through participation in MUN, students gain a deeper understanding of how the process of international debate and negotiation which we call diplomacy, functions. MUN enables students to become more informed global citizens, who not only understand the decisions made by nations, but also how those changes affect politics at the national, regional and global levels. Participation in MUN conferences affords students an opportunity to develop a range of skills including: research, expository and persuasive writing, analytical skills; teamwork, problem-solving, debating, conflict resolution skills; cooperation, compromise, consensus-building and negotiation skills.

      Q: Who are the organizers of the first Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013?

      A: It’s a joint project of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNDP Azerbaijan.

      Q: Will it be the simulation of UN Security Council only or the work of other committees will also be simulated?

      A: As this is the first time of holding international Model UN conference in Baku, we decided to start with simulation of UN Security only.

      Q: What is the topic of the conference?

      A: It is “Cyber Security”.

      Q: How many people will be participating?

      A: The Conference will bring together 45 university students and graduates from Azerbaijan and fourteen other member states currently serving as members of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Argentina, Australia, Guatemala, Luxembourg, Morocco, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda and Togo.

      Q: How were the participants selected?

      A: The call for applications was announced online and distributed through UN agencies as well as embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the elegible countries. The applicants were evaluated by their general performance, language skills and Model UN experience.

      Q: Is it a free of charge event?

      A: Yes, all expenses (including transportation and accommodation costs of foreign participants) are covered by the organizers of Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013. There is no participation fee.

      Q: Will any pre-conference training be organized?

      A: The participants of Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013 will be provided with the brilliant opportunity to take part in the two-day pre-conference workshop led by UN representatives experienced in organization of Model UN conferences worldwide.

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Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası) is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short borderline with Turkey to the northwest.
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The United Nations (UN; French: Organisation des Nations Unies, ONU) is an intergovernmental organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, political freedoms, democracy, and the achievement of lasting world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.