In May, 2015. I discovered MUNPlanet and I couldn’t stop scrolling down the lists of upcoming conferences, stories about previous and future MUNs and posts by people sharing their impressions about politics, diplomacy, international relations and variety of other topics. At that time, having participated in only two MUNs, both held in my hometown, I was a beginner in the world of MUN. Announcement for ROMUN 2015 caught my attention and I applied, hoping that it will be my first MUN experience abroad. I was assigned a delegate position and the ROMUN 2015 became my favorite MUN experience.
The opening ceremony took place at the FAO of UN and I couldn’t imagine a better place for the opening ceremony, since the topics of the conference were about food security and sustainability. We had an opportunity to hear the speeches delivered by Honorary President of SIOI, US Ambassador to Italy, President of the Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summits and other honorable representatives of national and international organizations. During the first plenary session of the General Assembly, I, as a representative of Spain delivered a speech, which was my first time speaking in front of the audience of this size and not to say- in such a building. (I somehow managed to hide my nervousness).
The following were the days of thorough debates, many new things learned, great people met and breath-taking places visited. The conference rooms were bursting with enthusiasm, motivation and new ideas. Another thing very special about ROMUN 2015 was the visit to EXPO 2015 in Milan, which considering the topics of the conference, added up to the full experience.
By the end of the conference, the ROMUN 2015 Youth Road Map was adopted, many friendships and new connections made and I returned home with incredible memories. My last day I walked by the magnificent Fontana di Trevi, planning to throw the coin over my shoulder and make sure that I will soon return to Rome, (as the legend suggests) but the fountain was closed for reconstruction. It looks like I will have to wait until I visit Rome again, probably until the next ROMUN.