Human Rights Council
- 401 Addressing allegations of torture in recent armed conflicts
- 402 Promoting inclusive education for children
Hello delegates! I am Audrey Wang, a senior at the International Bilingual School at Tainan Science Park, and it is my utmost honour to serve as your president for this year’s Human Rights Council at TAIMUN XXI.
I first embarked on my MUN career in sophomore year, and since then, I’ve gained a comprehensive set of experiences that have prepared me not just in the MUN world, but for the international politics scene. While my original motivation for joining MUN was to impress college admissions officers, my love for Model UN has transcended supplementary essays on a glorified, stress-inducing document. I’ve fallen in love with international politics, nerve-wracking debates, complex issues, ambiguous stances, and most of all, the amazing people I’ve met.
The delegates that succeed most at tackling the convoluted debate procedures and nuanced issues are not the ones who remain intransigent in their ideologues, rather the ones who look to compromise and negotiate evolve beyond the dichotomizing moral paradigms of what we view as “political correctness”. When debating, remember that conceding is not a sign of weakness, but rather, an indicator of character and growth. Abnegation only further dichotomizes opposing sides, causing societal stagnancy. Delegates are prepared to defend their respective stances. They're prepared to fight tooth and nail to get their resolutions and amendments passed, but how many of them are really willing to negotiate? To compromise? This issue of solipstic self-righteousness is well reflected in the inner workings of the UN itself. Nations are unwilling to compromise and as an effect, our society remains stagnant. Instead of remaining impermeable with their ideas and stances, I want delegates to respond instead of reacting.
Apart from the time I spend delegating, debate-moderating, and defenestrating global leaders who reinforce the ubiquity of vitriolic hatred, I skateboard, curate Spotify playlists, sip on overpriced coffee from quaint, locally-sourced coffee shops, read Goodreads reviews of books I’ll never have the time to start and finish, and *occasionally* drag someone on stan Twitter. With that being said, I look forward to seeing everyone at TAIMUN XXI in April 2023.
I am John Kao, a current sophomore at American School in Taichung. It is my honor to serve as the deputy chair of the Human Rights Council this year. TAIMUN XXI will be my first experience chairing and the second time I have attended TAIMUN. I started my Model UN journey at STMUN 2020, when I was in eighth grade. I remember my sweaty palms as I carried my laptop into the UNDP conference room. I had a hard time adapting to the speed of the debate, and the intensity of the arguments. After recalling my stutter-filled speeches, I felt invigorated, and took my chance as a secretary in TAIMUN to observe as much of the process as possible. Slowly, I changed my view of Model UN from being an intense and tiring battlefield to an enjoyable conference to share ideas from different perspectives. MUN has definitely changed me to become a better adapter, and it has trained me to come up with rebuttals in an instant. I would advise new delegates to take it slow, to observe and learn from their first few conferences, but not to be afraid to speak up and express their own view. I would advise experienced delegates to take up a leadership role in their bloc, and to guide the newer delegates about how Model UN works. Aside from MUN, I enjoy table tennis, listening to music, and playing the guitar. Good luck and enjoy TAIMUN!