It is delightful to learn that BISMUN 2017 participants fit in perfectly in the general theme – „Multiculturalism in the United Nations – Accepting Differences for the Common Good”. As they continuously arrived yesterday at the Opening Ceremony, we have had the great opportunity to get to know them a bit more. Following in this fashion, we realized that the participants could not have been more diverse.
As expected, it is the first BISMUN experience for some participants, yet, for others BISMUN has become a tradition. Sammy Hassan, the delegate from Sweden who represents Morocco in the Human Rights Council, was feeling considerably nervous as this is his first MUN. He decided to encounter his fears and engage in this year’s BISMUN on the grounds that it will grant him with a new challenging experience. On the other hand, we have Eva Tataraki from Greece representing Germany in the Human Right Council, who is a more experienced MUNer. She is at her sixth MUN. When having such an impressive experience in MUN conferences, it is important to find out what is most treasured. Eva told us that the most valuable thing is the knowledge you gain, as you build up relations with people, gain perspective and have a good time.
Continuing our conversations, we came to the realization that Eva’s words ring true. Quite a number of delegates came accompanied by friends which they have met and subsequently associated with at different MUNs. Such is the case of Monika Tsani from Greece, who is representing Iraq in ECOSOC. She came to Bucharest along with her friend, which she met at another MUN. Monika also told us that she is very contented with the fact that she is representing a Middle East Country considering the immigrants and refugee issue and the conflict with the Islamic State. At the moment, Monika is studying Foreign Language and Interpretation; nevertheless she takes a number of classes witch approach subjects regarding multiculturalism, policy making and history. She
On the next days, all participants will have plenty of opportunities to achieve experience and to train themselves in the art of MUNs. But, more importantly, they will have the opportunity to make lasting bonds with each other! May the odds be in their favor!
By Oana Bălan