BY FRANCESCA TIRAVANTI, The Straits Times
“Together we want to help the world see and believe in a better future.” – Ban Ki Moon. Harvard National Model United Nations takes place every year in the Boston Park Plaza, from February 16 to February 19, every time you walked through the hotel you could see exited delegates ready to debate.
For the past sixty-three years, HNMUN has been one of the most important conferences in the world, being called the “Super Bowl” of the Model United Nations (MUN), it attracts more than 2800 delegates from all around the world.
On Wednesday night, the lobby of the Park Plaza was buzzing with eager delegates, ready to meet others from their same committees. The main questions being asked where “What committee are you in?”, “What country are you?” or “Where are you from?”, with these questions obviously came many answers. Accents from all around the world could be heard; from the noticeable British one, the beautiful Peruvian one or the solid French accent.
As tradition, the conference kicked off with the Opening Ceremony that was held in the Ballroom A (where DISEC has been located); international delegations draped their and the country they were representing flags over the balconies, this were accompanied by the national anthems of their countries. Secretary General Bennet E. Vogt made a heart-warming speech about the conference as his team; with that the conference had officially started. In this ceremony a representative from _ also have a beautiful speech about the foundation and how we could help them.
This year, Harvard is hosting over 280 delegations from more than 50 different countries; that is why the social events are an interesting part of the conference. After the first committee session had ended, delegates gathered for the Model Casino Night and the Club Night.
What really stands out about this conference is the high level of competition, the previous days before the conference the Boston Public Library is filled with delegates continuing the research, because as some say “you can always know more stuff”. Something that is also typical from HNMUN, is the gigantic General Assembly committees they have. The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) hosted over 400 people, The Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) also hosted over 400 people, the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) hosted over 300 people, The Legal committee hosted over 200 people; the list could go on and on.
As the days of the conference passed, it was clear that it would not be an easy one; but directors also tried to make it as fun and easy going as possible. In my opinion crisis committees are also fun ones. Out of the blue someone could enter and kill you, or come in with fish masks on their faces or even print pictures and paste them all over the committee. Its is spontaneous and unexpected, that is what makes it so special.
4 days have passed and the last session is coming to an end, most committees passed their Draft Resolutions and they came to a consensus with viable solutions to the problems they were presented with; yet some committees are do not agree on most things like the Security Council, where all resolutions were rejected and the Secretary General had to intervene.
It was without a doubt one of the best experiences someone can ever have, and being part of the press corps team made it even more special. Now let’s prepare for closing ceremonies! HNMUN, its been a pleasure.
Some pictures from the conference: