5 Questions to Lisa Morin Di Maggio: Delegates Manager for SPRIMUN 2017

Dear Lisa, you are responsible for the Delegates of the 5th edition of SPRIMUN. We would like to know more about you and your role in this event.

What is your best MUN memory?

Good question! It was probably during SPRIMUN 2015, I was representing the United Kingdom. The chairs were very good friends of mine so, at the end of a session, after a fruitful and intense debate, another delegate and I decided to send them anonymous notes with some weird/funny MUN pick-up lines. I remember seeing one of them opening the notes, trying very hard not to laugh and showing it to the other chair who had trouble holding it in as well. No one understood what was happening, it was hilarious.obama-lol

What is your role as Delegates Manager of the SPRIMUN organization team?

My role as Delegates Manager consists of many various things: I am basically in charge of the relations between the SPRIMUN staff and the delegates, I am taking care of the registrations of the delegations and individual delegates (visa procedures, hotels, which countries they are to represent, which committee there are in etc). I will be making sure all the delegates are at ease and ready to debate fruitfully. I am working a lot with all the other SPRIMUN staff members since everything has to be coordinated.4493728

Why should we all take part in SPRIMUN 2017?

You should take part in SPRIMUN 2017 because I guarantee you that we are a wonderful team of 9 people determined to make of the 5th edition an amazing one. You have the opportunity to learn a lot in terms of international relations and gain knowledge and experience, you will get to speak in front of an audience in a foreign language, meet a lot of people coming from many various places around the world while having a lot of fun! Why would you say no to such a thing?xi8j0ce

What are your strengths and weaknesses in a MUN?

In a MUN, I am a very sociable person, I really love meeting people, debating, and partying with them. Besides, if I have an objective, I won’t give up on it, just like I will stick to the position of my country no matter how hard it can be to defend. However, it hasn’t always been easy to be representing a country from the minority group during some debates. Given the fact that you don’t have a lot of allies, you’re kind of the « outsider ». Being able to make yourself heard and taken into account was a bit tough, especially among the dominating delegations, but that was an amazing challenge as well! I got to strengthen the relations my country had with others, so that at the end, we were a team, a small one, but a real one!raw

What is your leitmotiv in life?

A very close friend of mine used to say, « it will all be alright at the end darling, if it’s not alright, it’s not the end ». I know this quote wasn’t originally from him, but he always brought this up when needed. It is what has been guiding me ever since.alright

Many thanks for your answers and see you soon at the conference!

5 Questions to Erwann Mingant: Secretary General for SPRIMUN 2017

img_0537Erwann, you are responsible for organizing the 5th edition of SPRIMUN. We would like to know more about you and your role in this event.

What do you enjoy the most at a MUN?

I was a chair at most MUN’s I participated in, so I would say that my favourite part of any MUN is when delegates find unexpected solutions to the situation they are dealing with.

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It’s almost always when the resolution is amended that you find new propositions and ideas that can everyone can agree with. It is also the part when everyone can truly participate: sometimes, when it’s your first or second MUN, delegates can find it difficult to write a whole resolution. Amendments allow everyone to take part in committee work and that’s what makes it so challenging for a chair.

Why have you decided to join the SPRIMUN organization team?

The SPRIMUN was my first ever MUN back in 2013. It was my first glance at diplomatic work and it was truly inspiring.

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Amongst all MUN’s that I participated in, the SPRIMUN has always been special for me: it was also my first experience as a chair in 2014. Since I was a part of the last three editions, it was only logical for me to participate in the organization of such a wonderful conference.

Why is SPRIMUN 2017 a must-attend event?

The 2017 edition of the SPRIMUN is its fifth edition. To celebrate this particular occasion, our goal is to keep what has always been great about our MUN: its location, its delegate diversity and its level of committee work. For this year’s edition, our goal is simple: make it the best edition Rennes has ever seen.

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For this, we will put all our focus on the committees and make sure that they truly represent the issues at stake in the UN today. The committees have been crafted for this purpose and I’m confident that every delegate will enjoy this edition!

What are your strengths and weaknesses in life?

I like first and foremost to keep busy and in all matters, I do my best so that everyone can benefit from my involvement in all projects. I am very careful about details and procedure (which makes an annoying chair). I have a tendency to try and manage everything but this year, the SPRIMUN team is so efficient that I don’t even have to!

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Which country is your favourite to represent at a MUN?

I have a weakness for the Russian Federation: the position is always interesting and delegates like to listen to Mother Russia when its delegate speaks. Plus, it’s always interesting to waive a veto threat if you’re in the Security Council. I had a really interesting compromise with the USSR in the 2015 edition of the SPRIMUN when chairing the historical UNSC: the USSR was threatening to veto because of a word in the preambulatory clauses of the resolution. It took almost an entire afternoon to work around that, that was really fun!

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Many thanks for your answers and see you soon at the conference!