Model UN Weekend!

by José Antonio Rey

During the last weekend I have participated in a Model United Nations conference. For those who don’t know what that is, let me quote:

“A MUN (Model United Nations) is a debate competition which looks to replicate the work done in a United Nations assembly.”

Since last year, AENU Perú has been organizing the Lima Model United Nations. I have participated twice (this is my second year), and I totally love it. This conference was for high-schoolers only, so I went with a 24-people delegation from my school. We were assigned to be delegates from the People’s Republic of China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of Chad. I was China, on a committee with the topic ‘The Syrian Refugees and Internally Displaced People crisis’, where we debated solutions to help refugees and IDPs. There were also another 4 committees with topics ‘Primary Education Development’, ‘Access to Medicines’, ‘Climate Change and Conflict’ and ‘Human Trafficking’.

One of the funniest things about this conferences is that you can send roses to another delegate. I had 5 roses delivered in total, and when the people in charge of that came into my committee room to give them to me they danced randomly, sang songs or did weird things. You couldn’t imagine how embarrassed I was when they came in and sang ‘I just called to say I love you’ in front of everyone, to later give me a rose.

At the end of the three-day conference, we were super excited about the awards ceremony. The 24 delegates from my school (including myself) have been through a super hard preparation time, which included simulations, paper writing, lots of reading a research. After waiting for a long ~30 minutes, the ceremony started, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. We had two honourable mentions, two outstanding delegates (I was one of them), and one best delegate. From 5 committees and around 200 people, we got five awards! And even after that, our school got the Outstanding Delegation award! I couldn’t be more happier and proud of all the work my delegation has been doing during the last weeks.

As I said, participating in MUNs is something I really love, and for those young people out there I’d suggest to check if there’s one conference around you and participate. Let me assure you, once you go through it you’ll be someone different, as it helps lots to develop skills such as leadership, paper drafting, public speaking, agreement making, and others. More than a conference, it is an experience, a great moment to start discovering some abilities you may not know you had.

So, I think you now know that apart from being in such a great community, I am into MUNs. As I said, I would like to invite you all to go ahead and give it a try, maybe you’ll like it too! Ah, and I should not forget to give a shout out to the people from AENU Perú, who made the conference I have just been to possible. They’ve been running around the conference facilities to get everything in place, and as a result they (and we) had a successful event. Thanks again!