South Korea

Saejong Lee, Younhyung Chi & Samir Mahmudov

Saejong Lee

Saejong Lee

Saejong Lee came to Seoul National University (SNU) after 19 years of travelling and living abroad in several countries. Being the son of a businessman, his adventure started in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he was born and later moved on to Casablanca, Morocco, 4 years later. At the age of 10 he left the Muslim world behind and washed up in sunny beaches of Valencia, Spain, where he resided for the next 10 years. Upon his graduation from the American School of Valencia (ASV) at the age of 19 he moved to Korea, his home country, to attend Seoul National University and study international relations and political science. His itinerary life permitted him to be proficient at not only English but also Korean, Spanish (DELE C2) and French (DELF C1). An aficionado in music at an early age, Saejong began learning piano at the age of 9 and added on to the list guitar and drum at the age of 12 and 14 respectively. As the lead singer and guitarist of a garage-rock band during high school called 'Welcome to the Unknown', he performed in many school events and national festivals; and as a group member he also participated and guided fundraisings directed by TRAMUNDI, a non-governmental organization aimed at providing education to children in Mumbai. In addition he worked as head assistant to the Red Cross division in La Fe hospital located in Valencia and the head organizer of the Millennium Development Goal Organizing Committee at his school. As both the Elementary School President and High School President, he held many positions of leadership, creating new programs for the incoming freshmen and contributing to the enhancement of school spirit. This desire to lead, organize and guide kept on up in to university where he held positions such as the team leader of the environmental division of the Asian Political Leaders' Association (AFPLA), secretariat of the Model United Nations of Seoul (MUNOS), representative of the Republic of Korea in the Japan-China-Korea Trilateral Youth Forum (JCK Youth Forum), representative of Seoul National University at the National Model United Nations of Korea (NMUN), and founding member of a non-governmental organization YOUTHGLOBE Korea (YGK) aimed at aiding the students and the future generation of Burundi. An important aspect of his life is family -- his father (staunch and proud director of international marketing at LG Electronics), mother (the most amazing and loving) and younger brother (skillful and trustworthy young man studying physics at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). Even though his father resides in Iraq, mother lives in Jordan and brother lodges in Hong Kong, the family members never fail to support one another proving that it takes much more than mere distance to hinder our tight family bond.
Younhyung Chi

Younhyung Chi

Younhyung Chi was a student of Waseda University (Class of 2012, School of International Liberal Studies) until her second year in Japan. She transferred to Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) last year, and is on course to graduate in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Linguistic and Regional Studies with advanced concentration on Political Science and Diplomacy. Since childhood, she has never been able to pass up new opportunities and experiences, striving to learn as much as possible in various field. She spent her early childhood enjoying the arts including drawing, ballet, rhythmic gymnastics, piano and violin. During her days in HanYoung Foreign Language High School where students get specialized education of foreign languages, she started to make conscious efforts to learn more about the world around her. She participated in voluminous activities such as Model United Nation both inside and outside of her country, sharing ideas and thoughts on dynamic global issues. While majoring in Political Science and Diplomacy and Japanese Linguistic and Regional Studies in college, she has been continuing such efforts. She was an awarded delegation, a committee chair and once a president of the secretariat in MUNs. Having been entrusted with the position of final decision-making and extensive responsibility, as the president, it was her realm to make a decision after a meticulous analyzation through multi-level communication with various team members. With bubbling curiosity in regional studies across the world, in addition, she has worked together with students from neighboring countries for the 4th Japan-China-Korea Youth Forum and interned at EU Centre of HUFS-HRI (Hyundai Research Institute). She got a qualification of the advanced level on Korean history, and today she is further developing another foreign language, Chinese which was once her major in high school. Both studying in Waseda University and working as a member interpreter of University Students' Interpreter Association have helped her develop a high-level of adaptability when communicating internationally. She truly takes pleasure in translating with high interest in that of English-Japanese, and of note is sincere fond of her voluntary work as a translator of the letters among African children and their sponsors. In the meantime, she is also an outdoor person whose tortes are skiing and swimming. Today, she especially enjoys scuba diving and is planning to ger PADI license.
Samir Mahmudov

Samir Mahmudov

Samir Mahmudov was born on June 11, 1987 in Berezovsk, Russian Federation. In 2009 he graduated from the faculty of law of Baku State University.In 2009-2010 Samir ran a military service. After the military service he continued studying at the graduate faculty of Constitutional Law of Baku State University.In 2013 he defended his thesis in constitutional law on the topic of "Guarantees of providing human rights in the Constitutional Law of the Azerbaijan Republic" and received a master’s degree in Law. In 2011 he worked as the Assistant Prosecutor at Nizami district prosecutor’s office of Baku city, and in 2013 Samir was promoted to the position of Prosecutor at Anticorruption Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Azerbaijan Republic. In 2013 became a member of International Association of Prosecutors. On another note, he has been a member of “Turan” Baku Intellectual Games Club since 2008.

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    Baku, Azerbaijan

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.