The alarm rang so loud at 8 AM that I flung myself out of bed. 30 minutes later, I was already on the F subway line, heading to the Grand Hyatt Hotel to attend the biggest MUN conference I had ever been to. Today was March 19th, 2015, and I was going to chair at the 2015 Change the World MUN Conference in New York City.
After a spectacular opening session inside the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarter (Yes we were there!), I and my 2 co-chairs, Mirna from Malta and Maria from Spain, convened the G-20 Committee. The committee consisted of delegates from 19 richest countries in the world plus the European Union. 16 present delegations, 2 delegates per each, would tackle on three agendas: infrastructure investment in developing countries, energy market resilience and safe drinking water for all.
The road to resolutions was initially bumpy. Most delegates didn’t seem to catch up with the pace, and during the unmoderated caucus, the more experienced delegates gathered outside of the conference room with the majority of delegations, leaving just a few, more reserved delegations inside. Of course, that huge group was destined to break up, but in order to speed up the debate, I decided to back-channel and balance the delegations into developed and developing blocks. I convinced Indonesia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina to join the developing countries caucus led by China and South Korea. In return, I convinced Canada and Mexico to join force with the U.S. and Turkey to side with the European Union, all of which altogether created the developed countries caucus. With the formation of two rather distinctive blocks, the “hook” was around what type of investment should be prioritized, domestic or foreign. From this point, the debate became much more spirited and competitive.
After 3 days of negotiating, laughing, grumbling, frustrating and encouraging each other, we finally reached a resolution for each agenda. It was time to hug, say goodbye and wish each other “Bon Voyage!” back home. Honestly, I never experienced more “first” than during those 4 days of March, from going inside the U.N headquarters and chairing a multinational committee, to staying at a 5-star hotel in the U.S. and sharing a double room with 3 strangers. It was just too much an experience to forget.
Yet, I believe the 2016 Global India MUN Conference would be even more impressive and unforgettable. Given its size and scope and the tremendous efforts the organizing team is putting into it, I am sure it will be a memory that you would remember for a lifetime. Apply at tgimunc.com/apply and join me in New Delhi this summer, won’t you?