After a long and strenuous week, we have finally reached the end of BISMUN. With that comes the closing ceremony. Although delegates and volunteers alike are both exhausted, everyone can agree that this was an unforgettable experience, starting with the 3 days at the Parliament and ending today, at the Ministry of Culture and National Identity. The closing ceremony entails voting the resolution as a whole, with the included amendments. At the end of the ceremony, the best delegates will be awarded an award, as a recognition of their hard work throughout the entirety of the conference. The Security Council opened this ceremony, with the candidate states being, in this case, Belgium, Germany and Israel, where Belgium and Germany started as non-permanent members of the Security Council. Afterwards, each chairperson of the seven committees, after an emotional speech where they stated the important impact that BISMUN had in their life and all the last longing friendships they had achieved during this experience.The awards given to the delegates were as follows, mostly 3 Honoured Mentions related to the most distinguished delegates and Best Delegate which all came along with their corresponding diplomas and many pictures. Of course diplomas and awards are not the important thing here but at the same time, they still matter because they are tangible proof of a delegate’s arduous commitment to a conference at this level. Everybody was very thankful to His Excellency Dimitris Zacharopoulos, who besides being a mentor for some of the chairs, he turned out to be one of their best friends. The long row of speeches continued with the one of the Conference Manager, Valentin Florea who thanked the participants and chairs, the Secretary and the organizers of this important event, introducing each one of the coordinators of the Executive Committee, following the speeches of the president of UN Youth Romania, Vlad Dragus and the two Deputy Secretaries of the 10th anniversary edition of BISMUN, Kalliopi Zermioti and Ioana Dospinescu.
This simulation of a UN conference has been overall quite the effort but with hard work comes the satisfaction, knowing that delegates and volunteers played a part in it, as nothing could have gone this well one without the other.
As the BISMUN motto clearly states: “Diplomats by day, party animals by night” You can imagine that a conference as grand as this one couldn’t have all been just about work. That’s where the Social Events come in. Since everyone else is either helping around or stuck in a committee, the social events were the perfect occasion to network with the chairpersons or other delegates.
To conclude, we must remind you that this marks BISMUN’s 10th anniversary edition. Sadly, for some of the chairs, this was their last experience of the sort. That being said and left aside, it was certainly an experience not to forget as it was truly a fruitful experience for everyone.
By Florescu Ioana, SOCHUM Press Officer