The general theme “Multiculturalism in the United Nations – Accepting Differences for the Common Good” has brought together many cultures, focusing on the importance of compromising and accepting differences for a common goal. Putting all the differences aside and encouraging dialogue, it opens up different perspectives that sparks the interest in our distinguished delegates, such as Liana Christensen, delegate for Venezuela in the Human Rights Committee.
Asked about her previous experience with MUNs, I came to find out that she is quite experienced since this is her 6th MUN she is attending. But what makes BISMUN even more special for her is the fact that this is her first time travelling abroad. When asked about the reason behind choosing the Human Rights Committee, she said that the topics are very engaging but that she is mostly excited about the indigenous societies’ topic. Being the delegate for Venezuela, they feel that indigenous societies are underrepresented in a lot of governments and that Venezuela has done a lot to fix that and to improve the situation, facts that will come up to debate in the following days. Not only is she excited about the conference, which she says it’s going to be a totally different atmosphere for her, but she is also looking forward to the social events since all the other conferences that she’s ever gone to in the past didn’t have a lot of. The reason she continues to attend and to recommend MUNs is that it provides young people with numerous skills: meeting new people through networking, getting better at public speaking by discussing topics that you have never heard about before but most importantly, the bonds you get to make here.
Also found in the crowd of many enthusiastic participants, Justin Evans, delegate in the United Nations Environment Program, expressed his excitement about the topics of the committee: protecting the environment and areas of conflict are some of his interests, and although he admits that at first he wasn’t into those topics, he totally understands them now and he is thrilled about the debate which he expects to be really insightful. As well as the delegate before him, he is no stranger to MUNs, participating in many SRMUNs (Southern Regional Model United Nations) in the United States. Being in Romania is a first for him too, and he also revealed that he had in mind choosing between going to an MUN in Dubai or Romania. Needless to say he chose Romania because, according to his own words, ‘Romania is much cooler’. As stated by him, MUNs represent a great opportunity for youngsters who want to learn about foreign policy, meet new people and taste the international life.
by Lucia Roznov, the Human Rights Council Press Officer