My Model UN career started in 2011, when I joined the Peruvian Universities team in Lima, Peru. At that time, I had little idea of how much debating would influence my career choice (I switched from environmental management to international relations), friendships (I made some of the most amazing friends within my team and in conferences abroad), and myself (by shaping who I am today, with a much broader view of the world’s cultures, our joint challenges and with a strong passion for understanding, cooperation and development projects).
Seeing how much MUN has meant for me over the past 5 years, it is hard to decide on a single conference as my favourite. Nonetheless, if I had to pick one, it would have to be WorldMUN 2013, in Melbourne – Australia.
Besides the thrill of travelling to a place so far, all the way across the Pacific Ocean, the committee I was part of was, without a doubt, unique. The High Level Youth Summit on the Millennium Development Goals presented 25 youth delegates from all different continents with the challenge of deciding upon a new set of goals which we thought should take the place of MDGs once they were due in 2015. Our declaration would also be debated with representatives from NGOs and would be presented to world leaders who were working on the new development agenda in real life. To step up the challenge, our declaration had to be passed by consensus.
This conference made me realize that, no matter how deep some cultural differences may be, all of us share common challenges, problems, dreams and passions. Once we realized that we were closer to achieving solutions to our problems by working together, all other differences were minimized. The passion and commitment to work was such that we stayed well beyond committee hours working until we were completely happy with the declaration we reached. Years later, the friendships created in the MDGs committee are still strong.
In June, this year, I will be joining one of the biggest and most ambitious conferences I’ve ever heard of. This time, I will take up the challenge of directing a crisis committee in The Global Indian Model UN Conference.
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