Not only did I have the privilege of chairing one of the
greatest MUN conferences in the world, but I also had the esteemed privilege of
being the president of the best committee at Sri Lanka Model United Nations 2015.
Being President of the UNHRC at SLMUN 2015 taught me several things, I hope my delegates learned from me, but more than anything; I learned so much from my delegates. In the heat of debate seeing tensions rise between the delegate of Germany and the Delegate of China on The Migration Crisis, I learnt what true diplomacy was. The delegate of USA would bring them together and get them to lobby and come to a common consensus on the issue that stood before them.
Due to the lack of a delegate of Libya, I was forced to step in myself and allow my Vice President Dimuth to take complete control of the Head Table. Being the delegate of Libya, being a delegate again by itself, was so liberating. Feeling that adrenaline running through my veins, even though at every moment I wanted to just jump up and speak I had to be patient and maintain my decorum. Even when a delegate said something ever so controversial I had to maintain diplomacy and explain to this house where the delegate fell in their stance. Pointing out Foreign Policy Violations, Right to Replies, Points of Information, they all taught me what it was like to argue effectively. To get my point across without insulting others, without raising my voice, without causing discrepancies within the house.
Watching the delegates write resolutions and seeing two delegates, who were just at (figuratively) each other’s throats, working together towards making solutions within the house that not even our world leaders can agree upon. It was magnificent. (Fun Fact: We actually made a covenant and sent it to the actual President of the UNHRC Ambassador Joachim Ruecker, who responeded and asked if ideas from it could be used within the Council!)