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Sajmun 2017 brought outstanding delegates, future leaders, and new talents to the MUN world. It was a conference that not only engaged individuals, but revealed unique talents and proved that Pan American School of Bahia has a powerful, new talent pool in MUN. It was impressive to see how the delegates started off not having any idea of what terms such as “may the delegate yield the floor” or “motion to approach the chair” meant. However, this initial struggle was transformed into pure success. Thankfully, Marina Siqueira, Gustavo Soares, and Caio Maciel held preparation meetings during lunch to try and help these new delegates understand the world of MUN. They helped by checking position papers and resolutions and held many intriguing mock debates, which lead to the excitement and revelation of new talents. When delegates arrived at SAjMUN, the excitement and motivation spread through the whole environment.
As the topics were introduced, I was already very proud of being a part of the Russian delegation in the Security Council and finding possible solutions to the topics of: evaluating the battle of Mosul undertaken by Kurdish and Iraqi Troops and addressing the protection of civilians during peacekeeping operations. To many of the girls at the conference, what was supposed to be a boring opening ceremony became the best part of the conference, as the Secretary General, Fernando Martins (which according to the girls is a prince), introduced two guest speakers, spoke about the conference as a whole, and showed the girls his beauty. By the time we got to debate, everyone was so inspired and enticed that they were deeply motivated to participate and excel.
A rule for MUN as a whole: friendship is kept outside the committee. The room was always divided, with the supporters of Russia would occupy the left side, while the ones in favor of the United States would go to the right. During the first topic, my partner and I successfully got Iraq to be our main ally, which facilitated our job, since the conflict for our first topic was in Mosul, Iraq. Unfortunately, there were seven delegations supporting the United States, while six were supporting Russia. Regardless, Bia and I were able to pass one resolution. As the conference continued, the Delegation of France began to get more involved into the debate. This was their fifth MUN conference, making them an experienced team, compared to Bia and who had only attended three. Yet, the Russian Delegation placard was raised at every opportunity and made many points of clarification, information, speeches, motions to pass friendly amendments and motion to approach the chairs that heightened our participation in debate.
It was not only the Russian Delegation of the Security Council that did well, other PASB delegates were simply amazing, leading to many awards. Maria Vitória Pereira won best delegate in the Environmental Committee, Norton Morais won a verbal commendation in the Political Committee, our seventh grader, Bruno Fonseca achieved an honorable mention in the Political Committee, Bernardo and Pedro earned an honorable mention in the DISEC committee, Matheus and Iuri an won honorable mention in the Security Council, and last, but not least, Beatriz Carvalho and I Best Delegation of the Security Council. During the closing ceremony, the pride of being a PASB delegate filled everyone’s hearts, and it was a feeling of extreme happiness as our delegates won awards. I felt proud to see my school being well represented and a sense of accomplishment to see all of my hard work being recognized. PASB delegates are a group of warriors, who will make a difference in our world. Many delegates that went to SAjMUN saw it as one of the best experiences of their life.
“From my perspective, being a delegate is like an emotional rollercoaster. There are way too many ups and downs to count, but in the end, the ride is worth it. The preparation that a delegate needs to do to be ready is intense. They need to be well-informed on the topics being handled and need to be quick when coming up with solutions during debate. The help from a chair is always appreciated when questions come into play. Writing the resolution is always the most stressful part since every delegate wants to follow their country’s position but also try and find a plausible solution. Going up on that podium and showing attitude to the delegates standing before me is always my favorite part of the conference. For me, the most rewarding is the moments I get to share with other delegates.” The delegate from the Security Council, Beatriz Carvalho explains.
To conclude, being a delegate is much more than learning about global issues and diplomacy; it is getting involved and being passionate about the world you live in. It means seeking for world solutions and giving all of your effort for your resolutions to pass. Being a delegate is learning how to listen and speak at the correct moments, it is proving that you know how to backup your information with facts. It is creating relationships that will last for your entire life. It means more than working in a committee; it is turning your committee into a family. It is urging nations and delegations to be one, work together as one, believe as one, and act as one. Sincerely, SAjMUN was the best experience of my life.
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