A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus
-Martin Luther King Jr.-
It is an amazing weather here in the capital of Romania, which is always a great incentive for the participants at the beginning of the BISMUN, especially for Luisa from ECOSOC who told us that she was really excited. The participants arrived one by one, filled with a youthful passion and soon they were all registered and ready for action.
Asked about the first impression regarding the city, the delegate from Italy in DISEC confessed that it was amazed by the similarity with Berlin, adding the fact that the atmosphere is great and the parks and building contribute to the whole picture.
When interviewed, without any surprise, delegates stated that the field of diplomacy and international relations is particularly challenging and requires a mixture of soft and hard skills, a strong, dedicated character, the tenacity to learn from your previous failures, the strength to not get overwhelmed and the ambition to look towards horizon (Egypt and Italian delegates in DISEC). Furthermore, as the Delegation of Piraeus confessed, one should enroll into many organizations and meetings that simulate the decision-making structures, especially the international MUN’s, as soon as possible, early in the first year.
Since international relations brings into clash different opinions, Luisa from ECOSOC believes that the most important skill needed is the ability to explain oneself in a fluid and cursive manner. However, as the US Delegate from DISEC stated, detailed knowledge about one’s country and how the International organizations work is important too in this field.
After all these answers, some things are certain: in order to obtain success in the field of international relations, one must start to prepare very early, be dedicated, resolute, always be ready to defend its position with fierceness, but also know when to seek cooperation. After all, the 9th edition of BISMUN Conference is all about compromise. Therefore, BISMUN requires a specific profile – the profile of a leader, of a diplomat, of a path maker.
By Țiplea Paul Dragomir, DISEC Press Officer