Michelle Gusmão and Maria Sangalo
From March 7th to 11th, PASB's MUN Club travelled all the way to Sauipe to be a part of BRAMUN, where about sixty of our delegates had an unforgettable opportunity to participate in heated rounds of debates while solving world issues. The conference has been organized and hosted by PASB for the last eight years and, once again, it was a success. Delegates and chairs from all over Brazil and even Argentina prepared themselves for months in order to be fully knowledgeable about the topics and give their best to make this an amazing conference. Memorable connections and friendships, which will definitely last for a lifetime, were made during and beyond committee sessions. Being the biggest MUN conference hosted in Brazil, BRAMUN counted on ten different committees that clearly represented the main theme of the conference: "United we stand in face of conflict.”
The opening ceremony was marked by the honorable presence of Ms. Claudia Costin, former senior director for the World Bank and a professor at Harvard university, who spoke about the ideal education and plans for ending inequality worldwide. Besides, the topics discussed rangedall the way from the territorial disputes in Kashmir to the Somali Civil War, and made delegates reflect upon ways to provide swift but long lasting solutions. Therefore, we would truly like to thank all of the advisors, Mr. Barbosa, Mr. Rendon, Ms. Heather, Ms. Davey and Mr. Trammel, our principal, Ms. Dillion, and the indomitable Ms. Tatiana Ramalho for working tirelessly during these last months to make this conference possible.
With so many committees to choose from, we decided to be a part of the EU-LAC Foundation Committee. The topics chosen by the chairs, Elene, Fernando and João, involved the pension reform in both Brazil and Germany, the examination of socialist measures in developing and developed nations, and the legalization of marijuana. At first, we were not sure if these topics would be able to really bring the "house" to an exciting debate; however, after the conference, we are glad to say that we participated in one of the best conferences of our lives and we only wished for more debate time, (although walking on heels all day is exhausting). When we were assigned the delegation of Nicaragua, we were not as excited since it was a neutral country and thus not as emerged into any of the topics at all. However, besides teaching students about global affairs, MUN taught us is that delegates are the ones responsible for diving into all the different matters being discussed even if their country seems unimportant. The high level of debate inside the EU-LAC Foundation surprised us. Delegates proved themselves to be extremely well informed about the topics, especially regarding the pension reform, since many studied IB economy. Alongside with the delegation made up by Caio Maciel and Paulo Abud, also from PASB, we were able to pass several resolutions and even win the BRAMUN cup, mainly due to the presence of a certain "Shakira" in our committee.
This year, PASB delegates were awarded with three honorable mentions and one best delegation. Nicaragua at the EU-LAC Foundation, Belgium and US in the Historical Security Council and Iran in the Human Rights Council were the outstanding performances of PASB during the conference. The efforts our head delegates and advisors have put into preparing students to face challenges and prove their points are worthwhile. Besides that, the delegation of Argentina of the EU-LAC committee and the junior delegates from 8th grade were also recognized at the closing ceremony. We were truly delighted to see that even though our 8th graders went as part of the secretariat, they were prompt and excited to fill in for the delegation of Congo in the ECOSOC committee, as the delegates that were supposed to be representing the nation cancelled at the last minute. In addition, we are also glad that our head delegates, Marina Siqueira and Gustavo Soares, served as chairs for the Security Council and Historical Security Council respectively, and we are even more excited that three of our delegates will be part of the leadership team for BRAMUN 2019.
In retrospect and looking forward to future MUN conferences, we would like to say once more that we are extremely passionate about MUN, as it completely changed our perception of the world and gave us one of the most precious aspects one can embody, which is having a voice. As a result, we desire to help others find the magic hidden in midst of the hundreds of procedures inside the world of international relations.