Rotaract Global Model United Nations 2015 took place in Belgrade, Serbia from 26 to 30 August 2015. The main purpose of conference was to invite all youth to take part in the global decision-making process by actively participating in discussing the most important topics on the UN agenda. With one big difference from another Model UN conferences: participants' words and actions will actually reach the desks of the UN. Rotaract Global Model United Nations 2015 simulated four councils: The Security Council, Human Rights Council, Economic and Social Council and the Legal Committee. I was announced to be a co-chair of Human Rights Council.
At first, I was very insecure about chairing the council. Besides not having any experience in chairing, I've never seen myself in such an authoritative position. I am not bossy as a person, actually the thought of being in the spotlight for days was really intimidating.Than I decided to do something that always helps in these situation, turn to my friends for help. Luckily, a lot of my friends are experienced MUNers. Through MUNplanet activities, I've met a lot of great people who gave me amazing advice. I've received many emails with explanations about rules of procedures, writing study guides and solving possible concerns. The amount of support that I have got turn my fear into excitement. Our agenda was more than interesting as well. The topics that were on perfectly portrait the biggest issues nowadays: the right to privacy at the digital age and international refugee crisis. Being an recent graduate of international relations with a passion for human rights, I found these topics very intriguing so I couldn't wait for a debate to start!
The biggest challenge for me when it comes to organizing part was how to get involved all the delegates in the preparation process. Due to a truly international character that Rotaract has always had, delegates have come from all around the world (India, Greece, United Kingdom, Germany, Bulgaria, Lebanon, etc) so it was not easy to reach them all. Not to mention how busy they all were, some of them were traveling from another conferences at that moment. My biggest help and the girl who made it all possible was our chair, Evina Karamanli, who had enough chairing experience to find the best approach. Because of her amazing work, we managed to organize them all prior the conference and collect great position papers.
And finally, the day of meeting has arrived! From the first moment I met delegates, I knew that we will not have any problem. That was a group of smartest, nicest and funniest people ever. We connected very well from the beginning and started having great time. I’ve really hoped that we can have a great communication during the sessions as well.
yes, I was right! From the first session to another, the discussion was getting
more and more interesting. I was pleasantly surprised how well prepared they
all were and how good they were in expressing the views and interests of their
countries. I am proud to say that we come up with a great resolution that will,
without a doubt, be good enough for negotiating in the UN.
If I have to sum up everything that I’ve experienced in a couple of words, that would be: inspiring, intensive and UNFORGETTABLE! Besides the chance to get trained as a young diplomat, Rotaract International Global MUN gave me the opportunity to explore different cultures and test my interpersonal and intercultural dialogue skills. But most important of all, it gave me the chance to establish friendships with the most enthusiastic, visionary and self-motivated people I have ever met. And I am sure that our paths will cross again, somewhere around the globe!