The road to Vancouver
When our group first got together in July of 2011, we were strangers to diplomacy and to each other, students from different cultural and educational backgrounds, mostly unfamiliar with the ideals and inner workings of the United Nations – but with a desire to learn and get involved.
Our extensive preparations first led us to Fischbachau for an introductory weekend. Here we laid out plans for the months to come and, with the motivation and voluntary support of our executive team, comprised entirely of former LMU delegates, we tackled the challenge of sending 17 well-prepared students to WorldMUN.
In the following months we met in weekly sessions, researching the most pressing issues of the international community today and discussing possible solutions. We dedicated our weekends to further workshops, improving our rhetorical skills and grasp of diplomacy. In December and January then, we faced our first true diplomatic challenges at IsarMUN in Munich and MainMUN in Frankfurt, getting a taste of the daily routine of UN bodies and delving into various national identities. These two events gave us the opportunity to individually represent countries such as Brazil, Israel, USA, China and many more in various committees, providing us with the practical experience needed for WorldMUN.
Only shortly thereafter, we learned that we would be representing Mexico in Vancouver – and so, with little time left, we began to study Mexico’s culture, its people, and its stance on all the global issues we had to face. Although our semester of preparation was hard work, it was a personally rewarding and extremely positive experience that brought us closer together as a group. We were able to overcome our different backgrounds, became friends and aspiring diplomats.
But our final test was still awaiting us. In March we travelled to Vancouver, Canada, for the WorldMUN 2012 conference. The multicultural metropolis on the west coast provided a fitting background for a week of heated political debate.
Joining more than 2,000 students from all corners of the world, we took part in intense diplomatic negotiations and a sometimes intimidatingly realistic simulation of the hardships of international policy-making. Each and every one of us did their best to represent both the national interests of Mexico in the international community and our own ideals and aspirations as global citizens. Faced with the harsh reality of making compromises, we did not always succeed in our endeavours, but we carried on and ultimately became part of the solutions to our world’s most daunting challenges. We worked closely with old allies and new partners across the globe, passed resolutions on topics ranging from Water Scarcity and Drug Trafficking in Latin America to Women’s Rights. We helped modernizing the Geneva Conventions with regards to unconventional warfare and proved that Mexico could even make a difference in the European Debt Crisis. Many more issues were discussed, sometimes in intricate detail and always with a fair amount passion.
Looking back, we can proudly say that we managed to leave an impression and make a difference in our councils and committees – albeit in a simulation. Reality may still await some of us, as we continue our studies and look forward to internship opportunities at embassies, consulates and United Nations offices around the world. And those who will go on in different directions, pursuing different career paths, will do so more open-mindedly and certainly more aware of the fragility of our peaceful life in abundance.
Representing Mexico was a huge learning experience, but also an incredibly fun challenge that has sparked the personal interest and curiosity for Mexico in all of us.
At WorldMUN we have met and become friends with students from all over the world.
Model UN projects such as this help aspiring global citizens everywhere to get together, making away with national barriers and the barriers in our minds.