On behalf of the SSICsim secretariat, we would like to extend a very warm thank you to all of our amazing delegates and staff for helping make this year's conference truly memorable. We hope to see you back here again next year!
Welcome to our second featurette of "Delegates of SSICsim" for Day 2 of SSICsim! Take a look at what some of our stellar delegates had to say about their experience at SSICsim so far.
***Note: they may be speaking from the perspective of their respective character in their committee
After kicking off a successful session of SSICsim today, we would like to launch a new featurette called, "Delegates of SSICsim" where you will be hearing views from our amazing delegates on their experience throughout the duration of the conference.
We asked Nabil from the Attack on the Nuclear Proliferation committee, "what motivated you to attend SSICsim and what do you enjoy about MUN overall?
SSICsim's off to a brisk start on Day 1! With our keynote speaker, Provost Mayo Moran, delivering a riveting speech on the issue of Indian Reservation Schools in Canada, it provided both delegates and staff alike a critical and interesting insight into the legal history and implications of the issue.
In the run up to SSICsim, we want to get the word out, and we're willing to put our hair on the line (literally!) If you help SSICsim get 600 likes on Facebook by the Conference, the Core Secretariat will dye our hair blue!
Simple Math! 600 Likes = Blue Hair
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Who said that MUN can't be fun (and crazy!)
For this week, we're happy to present our Internal Team, made up by Mary Zelenova, and Sangeetha Ganesh.
The two make up the dynamic duo responsible for communicating with both delegates and staff. Creating a smooth registration system, and organizing great socials for staff and delegates alike, be sure to give them a shout-out when you see them at the conference!
We asked Mary: “What do you love most about MUN?”
"My first MUN conference was a committee of about three hundred people. Getting up to speak in front of such a large audience was incredibly nerve wracking, and I spent the first two committee sessions doodling in the back row. But, once I got over my fear and got up to speak, I quickly learned that the other delegates were not there to tear down each others’ ideas, but rather sought the best way to work with each other to produce a concise and coherent resolution. That, to me, is MUN in a nutshell: it gives delegates a platform to speak about global issues that they are passionate about and teaches them how to work together to produce proposals for solutions. I found MUN to be an amazing way to improve my public speaking skills and overall confidence levels, and I am sure that a lot of experienced MUNners would agree with me on this one. Having worked as a liaison with the SSICsim delegates over the past few months, I can not wait to watch them immerse themselves entirely in the world of crises, and I can not wait to see what they can come up with!"
We asked Sangeetha, “What role do socials play in the SSICsim Conference?”
"Well the socials this year are designed for the delegates to break the ice and get to know each other a little better before the crisis simulations. These events are an opportunity for the delegates to interact with the members of their conference as well as get a sneak peak into the university experience.
As for the staff, the socials are a chance for everyone to relax and reap the rewards for all their hard work and dedication. Its not easy planning such a big event and making sure that the delegates have a good time while getting their money’s worth."
Every year on SSICsim, we have an exciting joint crisis! For this year's joint crisis, we're pleased to present "The Third Taiwan Strait Crisis."
"The Third Taiwan Straits Crisis is this year’s joint crisis committee based on the 1995-1996 historical event which became pivotal in shaping modern Sino-Taiwanese-American relations. In this simulation, we will slightly deviate from actual history to see what would happen between the U.S. and Chinese governments if the situation became increasingly tense as Taiwan prepares to declare its independence. You will find yourself negotiating through your Aircraft Carriers and Ballistic Missiles, not your pens or papers. Will you be able to help your country succeed in protecting its interests within the Asia-Pacific region?"
Being exactly one month away from the Conference, we're proud to present our next committee, The Thirty Years' War.
"The Thirty Years' War committee is a historical committee based on the destructive thirty years war that engulfed Europe from 1618 to 1648. In this committee delegates will take the personas of key individuals, who played a significant role in establishing the Peace of Westphalia. This simulation invites delegates to consider how this 17th century conflict, formed the foundations of modern international politics. Delegates will find themselves commanding troops, trading resources and negotiating peace treaties. How will your actions change the history of the world?"
Want to read more about this committee? Go to http://ssicsim.ca/ssicsim-2016-committees/
As the days go by, the excitement builds! This week, we're happy to introduce another part of our excellent secretariat being our Academic Team.
Consisting of our Training Directors, Angela Hou and Jane Wu, and our two USGs of Content, Stephanie Fennell and Andrew Liu, this team is responsible for training all crisis staff, and making sure your committees are top notch. Whether you are reading those amazing crisis guides, or are caught up in the heat of debate during the Conference, you've got the Academic Team to thank!
We asked Jane, "How have you been involved with MUN before?"
"Unlike a lot of people who has been involved with MUN since high school, I haven’t had the opportunity to go abroad to attend many conferences. So to try to make up for this, I’ve tried taking part in every Toronto-based MUN that would have me. As a result, I’ve amassed experience in pretty much every role from delegate to dias and everything in between in committees ranging anywhere from 4 to 200 people. Being on Secretariat is a new experience for me, but even then there’s still much for me to explore and I’m ready for whatever comes."
Take a look at their pictures to see their comments on MUN and SSICsim!
We asked Andrew "What advice do you have to give to delegates?"
"Delegates will have unique and challenging crisis committees this year, where their public speaking skills, diplomatic skills, and problem solving skills will be put to the test. The most important thing for delegates is to learn new strategies and abilities to be a better delegate for future conferences."
We asked Angela, "Why is SSICsim special to you?"
"SSICsim has a special place in my MUN world, because it strives to provide a space for novice MUNers. I genuinely believe that making MUN accessible is an extremely valuable pursuit, and SSICsim is such a role model for promoting these values. Model UN allows youth to appreciate, and engage with, the complexities of our world, and approach global... See More
We asked Stephanie, "What do you think makes SSICsim special and unique?"
"SSICsim provides the ideal environment for novices to learn the ins and outs of crisis. We train our staff, from secretariat to logistics staff to directors to tune a crisis committee to the novice point of view. However, that is not to say it is wholly tuned the novice experience. I would argue that SSICsim nurtures the ... See More
Want to know more? Go to www.ssicsim.ca!
Another week, another committee! Today's we're presenting SSICsim's unique committee on the future of fossil fuels. With climate change being a key issue, we're proud to present "Oil: The Fuel of Power"
"The amount of oil resources a country largely defines the amount of power they have on the world stage and the amount of influence they exert in global policy debates. In many of big oil-exporting countries, they use their revenues to invest in their societies. Cue an oil price plunge.This plunge in oil prices that started mid-2014 caused a fall in oil revenues. Some countries are caught in a financial crisis with civil unrest and governments are unable to fund their investments. Will the world remain reliant on oil or is this a prelude to the extinction of oil as a fuel of power? That remains to be seen…"
Want to learn more? Go to www.ssicsim.ca!
Its a new week, and time to feature another Secretariat member! This week, we're featuring Louisa Samuels, our Director-General for Internal Affairs!
In her role as Director General For Internal Affairs, Louisa works with the Internal Branch to oversee all the logistical planning of the conference. So for all those great venues and places that SSICsim will be utilizing during the duration of the Conference, be sure to say thanks to Louisa!
We asked Louisa "What did you learn from your position as a Director General?"
"Since attending Model United Nations as a delegate I experienced, first hand, the potential Model UN conferences offer to high school students. Being given the responsibility of Director-General for Internal Affairs for SSICsim 2016 has been both an honour and a privilege which I have and will forever hold in high esteem.
As Director of Internal Affairs I have been fully dedicated to the missions of SSICsim by investing and prioritizing time and effort to SSICsim. I feel as though becoming Director-General for Internal Affairs has made me more responsible, punctual, and allowed me to express my knowledge and dedication to the visions of SSICsim.
I am looking forward to bringing delegates the opportunity to think critically and innovatively in the upcoming SSICsim 2016 conference. I hope to make SSICsim's 2016 conference as intellectually intriguing and fun as possible for all staff and delegates!"
SSICsim wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! As part of your long weekend, we're happy to present our next committee, The Expanse!
"Based off of the ongoing science fiction and space opera book series The Expanse by James S.A. Corey, with a focus on the popular television adaptation that shares this committee's name, The Expanse is a committee that explores the tensions of humanity, a young and now interplanetary species. The Expanse aims to put conventional Model United Nations themes on a colossal scale. Yet, there are forces at work unbeknownst to the leaders of each emerging faction. All that is needed is a spark in a far-off region of the inner solar system, to ignite a conflict. What does the future hold?"
Interested? Go to http://ssicsim.ca/ssicsim-2016-committees/ to look at our other committees!
Wonder why SSICsim has that distinctive look? Well look no further, as today we're featuring our External Affairs Team.
Made up of DG of External Affairs, Timothy Law, and the three Undersecretary Generals, Fariha Ahmed, Kassandra Neranjan, and Daniela Espino, they are responsible for all aspects from creating graphics, handling our website, and even for the very facebook post you are reading right now!
We asked them, "Why do you like you about your position on SSICsim?"
Timothy: "I love working with MUN and all the people that come with it, as well as making MUN presentable and accessible for both staff and students. Having a heavy creative aspect, each graphic or post is different and features a unique challenge that I find enjoyable! In addition, working with my external team, might I say the "Best" SSICsim Team, has been great!
Fariha: "What I like about my position is that it’s something that I haven’t ever done before. Prior to SSICsim, I had very few web design skills so I was really nervous when I realized my position entailed creating an entirely new website out of scratch this year. To my surprise, it turned out to be a really fun and rewarding experience and I hope that delegates this year will have that opportunity to try something completely new and develop their skills in a way that they would never have anticipated before. "
Kassandra: "Two things I love are design and community outreach. SSICSim allowed me to combine these both by serving as a design pointperson for an organization that helps young people become more globally aware and foster an affinity for public speaking. SSICSim is something I only wish I could have been a part of as a high school student, so I'm grateful to contribute my creativity to hopefully help grow someone else's"
Daniela: "What I love about SSICsim and my role is the opportunities to further develop my leadership and communication skills. Taking on the challenges of spreading SSICsim through various social media has been both a challenging, but rewarding opportunity. With the creativity and teamwork involved in heading the conference's social media it sure has been busy, but has allowed me a priceless experience."
Ready to take another sneak peak behind the scenes of SSICsim's operations? Check out SSICsim's "A War for Peace: The Nixon Administration" committee:
"On January 20th , 1969, Richard Nixon is sworn in as the 37th president of the United States. Immediately, Nixon and his staff have to provide solutions to problems that have driven the American society apart in the past decade. With half a million troops in a military quagmire, the new president has to come up with a plan to achieve “peace with honour”. After the most tumultuous election year the country has seen, the Nixon administration must answer the question: how to fight a war for peace?"
Hopefully you'll be prepared to find diplomatic solutions to such hard political problems!
For every Model UN you need a Secretariat. With every Secretariat, you need a Secretary-General...today we our proud to feature our Secretary-General, Spencer Russell.
As Secretary-General, Spencer leads the Secretariat team in both the preparation and execution of the Conference. With the Secretariat, Spencer oversees the conference making sure the delegate experience is top-notch! Helping lead and direct all events and activities during the entirety of the Conference, you'll see Spencer soon enough at the SSICsim 2016 opening ceremonies.
We asked Spencer some questions:
What Inspired you to get involved with SSICsim?
"I was inspired to get involved with SSICsim by seeing how much Model UN does for its delegates. As a member of my school’s Model UN team in high school, going to conferences significantly boosted my confidence, and allowed me to become comfortable working in big teams and speaking before large audiences. When I reached university, I wanted to staff a Model UN conference, and have a chance to give back to one of the organizations that shaped my youth."
What will delegates have most to look forward to and what do you hope they will take away?
"Delegates can always look forward to a creative and unique experience at SSICsim, as we are known for having engaging committees that encourage them to think outside of the box, and keep them on their toes. Part of this experience comes from the amount of freedom we allow our Committee Directors to have when planning their committees, as we value having a diverse set of ideas and practices. With our networking event and delegate social this year, we hope SSICsim also gives delegates an opportunity to build new and lasting friendships, as many of the people they meet here they will also meet at other MUN conferences ahead. We lastly hope that delegates will use the creative experiences we have to hone their crisis skills, whether they are novice or experienced, as the originality of our conference’s committees is truly unrivalled."
The excitement builds as we near SSICSim 2016! Here's a sneak preview into another committee we'll be hosting this year:
"A raging Panem is embroiled in civil war: the surviving victors of the Quarter Quell have just been evacuated by the insurgent District 13, and the Capitol seeks to regain control. The leader of the rebellion and President of District 13 has called an emergency War Cabinet amongst the tenuously allied commanders of each District; however, tensions run high. The Cabinet is tasked with forming resolute alliances, reaching cohesive troop movements, and coordinating resource allocation, all the while fending off attacks launched by the Capitol. Together, the rebel leaders must overcome the might of the Capitol, and secure a better future for all of Panem."
With our conference only 2 months away, we are pleased to introduce our first Secretariat member, Roaa Shoukry!
Roaa is part of our core team, being the Director General for Academic Affairs. Dealing with the academic content, training and background guides of all the Committees at SSICsim, you'll see her running about at the conference!
We asked Roaa, "What will delegates have most to look forward to and what do you hope they will take away?"
"On the day of my first ever Model UN conference, I found out that I had to be reassigned to a different committee, representing a different country on topics I had not researched. I was nervous. I was anxious. But a tiny part of me was very excited. The challenge was exhilarating, and it captured the spirit of all that is MUN. SSICsim is an embodiment of that spirit – the thrill of not knowing the direction of the committee, but accepting the challenge for that very reason. With only two months away, the anticipation is at an all-time high. It feels good to see things finally taking shape. I’ll miss the meetings, the workshops, the drafts, the feedback, and the countless emails, but I cannot wait for delegates to experience what we have prepared. So, delegates, I hope you’re looking forward to 3 days of critical thinking and problem solving, but most importantly, to 3 days of meeting new, interesting people and going home with stories that will last you a lifetime."
Are you excited for SSICsim? Cause we certainly are!
As part of our roll up to the conference, we will be featuring different committees on our site. Our first featured Committee is the Attack on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty:
"In 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s bombing left the world horrified with the amount of destruction a nuclear weapon causes. Various efforts ensued, in an attempt to make sure the horrific events in Japan never occurred again. The nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) was one of those efforts. Despite the 191 states that have signed the treaty, there are major flaws within the treaty that pose a threat to nuclear proliferation in this day and age. The main aim of this committee is to pass directives that ensure a world that is devoid of the threat of nuclear proliferation."
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The SSICsim 2016 team is very excited to bring you a stellar crisis conference this year! Leading up to the conference, stories will be posted on the journey that the SSICsim team will be undergoing in creating one of Ontario's most innovative MUN experiences. In doing so, we hope that you can feel further connected to our MUN family.