This year a MUNTUM delegation participated in the European Model United Nations in Maastricht for the first time. Our delegation consisted of seven highly motivated members of our “Verein”. EuroMUN 2013 was the sixth edition of one of the biggest conferences in Europe with over 600 students from all over the world simulating 12 committees. The conference was held at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre, located in the south-eastern part of the city.
The Theme of this conference was “Global Engagement: Embracing Diversity through Cultural diplomacy” and it was in this spirit that the two keynote speakers at the opening ceremony held their speeches. Yvo de Boer, who served as the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, talked about the challenges of negotiating when faced with different approaches stemming from different cultural backgrounds. The other keynote speaker was Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, ex Croatioan Foreign Minister and now Assistant Secretary-General for the Public Diplomacy division of NATO, who spoke about NATO’s operations in Afghanistan regarding cultural exchange with the Afghan population.
After the opening ceremony, four days of intense speeches, negotiations and lobbying started. The atmosphere during this conference was fantastic. Everyone was trying to reach their country’s goals in the final resolutions, but doing so with the utmost respect for each other’s positions. Every working paper, draft resolution or official statement whatsoever written in the committees had to be approved by the legal department of the conference, which led to a high attention to details and often enriched knowledge about international law.
The program of the EuroMUN conference was very balanced, so while during the day the delegates participated in the committee sessions and continued working also during lunch break or in the late afternoon, the evenings and the nights were full of social events, from the pub crawls to the delegates’ dance, which helped to bond with the fellow delegates and to form long lasting friendships. The conference ended with the closing ceremony during which the chairs did a brief summary of what had been discussed in their respective committees and whether a resolution had been passed. At the end of their speeches the chairs announced the winners of their committee’s best delegate award and our delegation is proud to announce that we were able to win one.
This ceremony was then followed by an emotional goodbye to all the new friends made during this conference with the promise to meet at another conference in the future.