This year the MUN team attended the first online THIMUN Conference The Hague, where our delegation represented Burkina Faso.
A virtual conference was a new experience for the team. It required extra time and effort to prepare policy statements, resolutions, getting used to online requirements and code of conduct, whilst attending lessons in the morning. It was probably tiring and frustrating at times, but highly beneficial for our delegates, and not only for those relatively new to MUN. We were present in 6 committees with about 150 delegates in each. Overall there were over 1600 students part of the conference online from all over the world.
Despite the committees' size, it was possible for most of our delegates to speak on the floor and for everyone to ask Points of Information. There were many good moments. Stephen was dominant in the Youth and Health committee and was nominated best delegate by his chairs on the last day. Paul and Luis managed to negotiate a couple of amendments in the Legal and Finance Committee and lobbied quite a few alliances.
Muskaan and Avanti tried to make their voices heard in the Human Rights Committee, but were a little unlucky not to be called up when they were ready to deliver a speech. Wilfie and Natalie managed to submit and pass a resolution in the Environment Committee on the second day. Max and Alex in the Disarmament and International Security Committee also spoke frequently and were not overawed by the procedures involved. Jude and Anas were an excellent team in the Sustainable Development Committee and didn't take a no for an answer when their amendment was wrongly dismissed and put back on the table at the end of the session.
Congratulations to everyone involved for an exciting and interesting week of events!
Kathrin Krueger and Ali Abbott