Last week was full of stress, hard work and emotions for many of us. Why? Some of you may ask, although by now most of you are regular followers, so you should immediately know what we’re referring to! Here’s a glimpse of what the 2013 ULB Simulation was like!
First of all, this year’s simulation did not start on Saturday 23rd as some may think. Organizing and coordinating an event that gathers about 150 people, when added to researching information on your assigned country, studying your rules of procedure and of course assisting to your own classes (!) can be very time-consuming.
However, we have the pleasure and the chance to work with great people. No matter the amount of work they have to put in, they will always do it smiling and willing. This is why we can confidently say that except for a few setbacks, the preparation went just as smoothly as expected.
On Saturday morning, November 23rd, we were ready. Eyes still full of sleep, the first delegates arrived around 8:15 to claim their badges and country-placards. ULB MUN was already there, and the well-oiled machine could start its engines. Whether participating in the small Security Council or the big ECOSOC committees in English, or the General Assembly organized in French, the staff and the props were all set. Curious students and delegations alike were welcomed and directed to their respective committees.
The simulation begun, the roll calls started, and the speeches commenced. Motions were made so tough but diplomatic negotiations could take place. In three rooms of the Building H, 150 students were reunited, driven by their curiosity, passion and dedication. Experienced MUNers and newbies alike slipped into the old diplomatic skin and did everything to represent their assigned countries’ interests as best as can be.
Resolution writing in the Security Council
The delegates chose their topics and set the agenda for the day. Then, speeches and informal debates followed one another until it was finally time to take a break. Except that as we’ve learned to accept, a diplomat is never on a break. Although ULB MUN provided the participants of the simulation with free sandwiches, a lunch break isn’t a break at all; it’s simply an informal debate with some food.
In the afternoon, more of the same happened. Good collaboration makes good resolutions, and such situation was simultaneously taking place in the three committees. In the image of the UN spirit, people worked closely together to produce some solid solutions to whatever issue they had agreed on to tackle the very same morning.
After the working papers were transformed in draft resolutions and the amendments were made, it was already time to move on to the votes. Thanks to the delegates’ serious work, the timetable was respected.
“We are now in voting procedure, leaving or entering the room is not permitted anymore at this time…”
The tension was palpable, the same question was on everyone’s lips: “Will our draft be accepted?”. Once the decisions were made to (almost) change the world, everyone gathered in the General Assembly to listen to our honorable guest speaker, Michel Adam the President of the Association Pour les Nations Unies (APNU). Needless to say we are very thankful for the continuous support and help from the APNU throughout these past few years. We were equally happy (and proud) to spot in the crowd Barbara Delcourt and Jean-Frédérique Morin, two of our most supportive and dedicated professors. Mr. Guyader was accompanying the delegation of the Sorbonne University, who, together with St Louis, HUB and VUB, gave us the great pleasure of bringing official delegations.
Michel Adam, Président de l’APNU
After thanking everyone for their positive attitude and dedication, and especially our former delegates for their unconditional help throughout the process, it was time for everyone to enjoy a drink offered by ULB MUN. Laughter and smiles lit up the room, people were finally able to relax and blow off some steam. Afterwards, many of us stuck together for a night out in the capital, which was the cherry on top of our sundae.
The ULB Simulation aims to wake some real interest for the newcomers, promote a positive vision of the UN, give an insight of how decisions are reached, and prepare our own delegates for the big show… Despite all our fears and sleepless nights, we can safely say that this year’s edition of the ULB Simulation was yet another success for our team!
So, at the risk of repeating ourselves, thank you. Thank you for your help, support, participation, encouragement, and for following our blog. Stay tuned for the upcoming video, as well as for our second breakfast on the 4th of December and visit to the NATO Headquarters on the 13th!