|Posted by munscslovenia on May 4, 2015 at 3:40 AM|
A little more than a week ago the day had finally come: 15 members of MUN Slovenia Club, including three chairs and twelve delegates, found their way to the annual MOSTIMUN conference in Mostar. Based on our experience from last year, we were sure to have fun both in the councils and exploring the city with our co-delegates and chairs. With delegates in the Arab League, the Human Rights Council, the Historical Security Council and the Security Council, as well as chairs in two committees, we were nevertheless saddened to learn that Pawel Aleksander Kupis, who was to serve as Secretary General for the conference, would not be able to join us. We wish Pawel a swift recovery, and to congratulate Maciek Lekowski for taking over as Secretary General and leading the conference to be a great success.
Running up to the conference the MUNSC delegation undertook several workshops and a mock session on one of the MOSTIMUN Human Rights Council topics in preparation. Much to the joy of our two head delegates, our members turned out to be highly motivated, continuously showering them with foreign policy profiles, position paper drafts and amendment proposals. Our first day in Mostar brought us some truly hilarious name misspellings, a first taste of delicious Bosnian cuisine and a much-needed revised Rules of Procedure workshop regarding the merits of chocolate and vodka as basic human rights.
As our actual committees began, it became clear to us that we were in for an amazing conference. The councils were filled with dynamic and constructive discussions, seasoned by exercises in creative quoting, unmoderated shouting and everything in between. Our chairs in Security Council, Vid and Ana, were stunned by the sheer constructive force of the delegates (that’s what she said), while the role of our chair in the Arab League was described by several delegates as “Allah in the sky, Meliha in the Council.” The international evening was a great success for our delegation, since the Slovenian blueberry exhibit was received very well. Later social events brought us numerous reunions with old MUN friends and such classic games as “match the city,” as well as its long lost brother “match the chemical compound.” We also witnessed some of the best trolling any one of us had ever seen – which was later faithfully replicated in the Human Rights Council.
The last day of the conference was characterized by some very dramatic turns in the various committees, most notably the completely unexpected veto of the United States in Historical Security Council. Our delegation in the Human Rights Council joined forces to find consensus amongst their peers, while our delegates in the Security Council fought tooth and nail to prevent a Chinese veto. Meanwhile our representatives in the Arab League spent their time plotting behind the scenes, proving once again that the pen can very well be more powerful than the scimitar.
In the end, we could not be happier with the performance of our delegation, with every member proving that they work hard and play harder. We would like to congratulate Matic Gumpot and Urban Špital for receiving best delegate awards, as well as Ivan Koruza and Livija Marko-Wieser for receiving honorable mentioning awards. We all had en enormous amount of fun attending this years MOSTIMUN, which most likely means a swift and determined return of our delegation to Mostar in 2016!