The first Munapest, in 2015, was a challenge, or rather three different challenges in three different areas. To begin with it was a tremendous amount of work for the organizing association, IDSA, which was still taking its baby steps towards stabilization. Hand-in-hand with this, responsibility and pressure was shared across the individual beings organizing the conference. These two caused the shaking knees and voices at around the Opening Ceremony – but it was all worth it for what came after.
Reforming MUN: The first challenges
Real challenge. The real challenge was for the participants: untangling the far-reaching web of what MUNAPEST had to offer. This year’s topics were assessed quite ambitiously, focusing on Middle-Eastern political effects on the global world. In itself this would be complex enough, but the introduction of Interconnectivity (mainly thanks to Gábor Rácz and WEBMUN), a newly assessed Rules of Procedure (thanks to all of you working on it, it was an extreme team effort) and an amazingly well-developed crisis scenario created a huge mosaic of complicated possibilities.
A successful first attempt
Fortunately, the participants were amazing both professionally and personally. They were able to tackle this unusual MUN-style impressively, always with a smile. I believe Munapest in its first year reached what every MUN is aiming for: a lively, buzzing atmosphere full of joy and laughter, learning experience and ever-lasting
friendships. After all, this is why we are doing MUNs.
Let me grab the opportunity to thank all the organizers and the whole of IDSA for making MUNAPEST 2015 possible. Additional very special thanks to Bogi Erdős, the Conference Manager of 2015, without her I probably wouldn’t have made it through. And last, but very much not least, to all the succeeding organizers and members of IDSA – you are the ones making MUNAPEST a real legacy!
– András Ádám, Secretary-General of Munapest 2015
Our foundations were the core systems we built the year before: Interconnectivity, a conference-wide Crisis and intense small-committee debates. We had no illusions about resting on our laurels – we had a vision of building on our successes and fixing our mistakes. We needed a central theme that every single committee would be focused on, with the aim of their individual solutions coming together like pieces to a puzzle to solve this greater issue. We strategically incorporated regional bodies next to our usual UN committees to create a more dynamic setting. We reimagined many features of Interconnectivity, from the hierarchy system to delegation meetings, with many little fixes that would help our initial vision become reality.
Introducing new reforms: Special Financial Committee and the overarching crisis scenario
But perhaps the greatest change was making financial feasibility a factor delegates would have to deal with as part of their decision-making. By introducing the Resource System with country budgets and the Special Financial Committee as their main gatekeeper, we managed to cure a long-time ill of Model UNs: solutions that sound great in a speech, but not even remotely possible in real life due to financial reasons.
The overarching crisis scenario became even more important this year, and the Crisis Team worked for over half a year on creating the story our delegates would experience over just a few short days. It’s great to see that the two Crisis Team members who contributed so much to this year’s success have since become the Secretaries-General of the conferences that followed.
A vision becoming reality
With over 200 participants experiencing the journey we had planned for them, I feel that Munapest 2016 was the realization of our vision for what a Model UN should be. For me personally, it remains the part of my life I am most proud of. This is all thanks to having the perfect team by my side – one which I hope, one day, I will have the chance to recreate.
– Gábor Rácz, Secretary-General of Munapest 2016
With the third installment of our ambitious, annual Model United Nations conference, the organizers faced a unique challenge: although we could greatly rely on and draw from the successes of the previous two years, the pressure was high to deliver the same, great results in terms of professional activities as well as entertainment and social events – or attempt to achieve even more.
Turmoil in the Americas
Building on the thematic, continental approach from the previous year, we chose the three Americas – South, Central and North – to be the focus of our conference. All committees as well as the overarching Crisis Scenario that connected their work dealt with conflicts, hardships and developmental hindrances that affected certain countries or regions on the American continents. A major goal of the narrative story driving the events and crises occurring during the conference was to foster Pan-American integration.
Reforming the United Nations: A bold undertaking
At the same time, we implemented a huge structural and conceptual reform package to improve the operation of the United Nations – or failing that, at least shake things up a bit and alter the status quo. All I can say is; having a P9 makes things way more complicated but way more entertaining. The political upheavals it released spread over to our amazing and enthusiastic delegates, who were just as much fun in the committee chambers as in the pubs and clubs.
– Tamás Szikora, Secretary-General of Munapest 2017
With the fourth edition of our conference we endeavoured on the path to build upon the existing professionalism and the strong foundation laid before us. We drew strength from mistakes and worked tirelessly in our team to ensure the legacy of Munapest and its core values passed on to us, and in turn, to the next generation. We aimed to deliver on our promises of heated debates, challenging topics and triggering crises.
Resurgent Asia; The Silk Road to Prosperity
Continuing the continental focus of the conference set up by our predecessors was without a doubt. Asia, being the largest continent in the world, both by population and by area, faces the most diverse challenges our world has experienced so far. We were not afraid to put the most controversial topics and difficulties of the continent in the forefront of the debate. WE gave a wide range of crises to tackle and overcome providing not just a challenge for our participants but for the organizers as well.
Unforgettable debates and sizzling atmosphere
With ten committees including two regional, it is my firm belief that the Munapest we created in 2018 delivered on its promise. The challenging topics brought out the best in all delegates. As I walked along the corridor during the breaks between sessions you could feel the continuous debates and discussions, never dimming and never ending. Munapest 2018 truly continued the spirit of our previous conferences and we know it will continue to do so in 2019.
– Benjámin Baksa, Deputy Secretary-General of Munapest 2018