there, people! My name is Rodolfo Veloso, I am from Brazil and study Law at the
University of Brasília. In this post, I will talk about possibly one of my greatest moments in my MUN career: my experience as a
founding member of a Model United Nations conference, the challenges we tackled
at the time and how things happened there.
To start, the referred conference is MundoCM (acronym for Modelo das Nações Unidas dos Colégios Militares), currently a 8-committees and +300-delegates conference with delegates from more than seven different Brazilian states which happens in the Brasília, the Brazilian capital, since 2010; and well-known in Brasília’s MUN scenario for its characteristic interconnection of all committees and academic excellence, but this post is about before it has reached such status.
The conference is hosted by the Military School of Brasília, a school funded by the Brazilian Army for the education of their soldiers’ and officers’ children, and being a special kind of public school, the bureaucracy the interested in making the conference happen had to deal with was enormous – but after some negotiation, the school decided to not only to authorize but also to help as they could: the directors already knew to some extent the MUN universe, as the school hosted a big high school MUN in 2009, and foresaw the benefits a permanent conference would bring.
Then, the most difficult part started – making it happen in less than three months after the school’s approval. As we were few in the initial moments, everyone had to do everything: from elaborating the conference’s visual identity to preparing study guides and rules, driving all over the city to buy and get the needed material included, high school seniors and alumni/college freshmen had to tackle every needed task and ultimately succeeded. The initial MundoCM, in 2010, had only 3 committees and less than 90 delegates, but ultimately succeeded – we directors were well-prepared and resilient despite some technical difficulties that happened (such as asking for WiFi for 30 devices in a given room and getting 30 internet cables from the school staff), and the delegates were excited and eager to discuss thoroughly the topics and have a good time they ultimately had.
(young staffers at the rules revision)
I was then a director at a UNDP intended for 9th-graders (the last year before high school in Brazil), and even though most were skeptical that this endeavor would work, the delegates compensated for their lack of experience with well done research and utmost excitement with everything that happened during the conference. Since then, interested 9th-graders can participate in the same committees that their high school peers – often with interesting performances.
Then, this was my experience witnessing the birth of a MUN and helping with the labor . I will take part of the organization of the TGIMUNC, world’s biggest Model United Nations conference. Application period is on (at tgimunc.com/apply/), I’ll be thrilled to see you there!