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We hereby declare the BAMUN 2021 open!

As we watched the first day of the conference unfold, we were inspired by the delegates’ intellectual curiosity, hunger and passion for resolving global issues. While the sessions could be described as chaotic and tumultuous, they resulted in fruitful and comprehensive discussions. The delegates engaged in lively debates while considering different perspectives and  viewpoints with respect to their assigned countries. Topics of discussion included the Covid-19 outbreak, domestic violence, modern slavery, and transitioning out of war.

Starting at half-past nine on a Saturday morning, each committee’s delegates and chairs – still in their pyjama pants – gathered to attend the opening ceremony led by our very own Beacon secretary generals, Zara and Hashita.

The General Assembly had deliberated on whether they should “strengthen global humanitarian relief efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic”. During the given time, the delegates have covered topics such as the impacts of the virus – economically and not, health protocols, and other issues that influence their final resolution, all while trying to figure out how to use the “raise hand” function in zoom.

Meanwhile, the UNCSW had spoken about the topic of “overcoming the rise of domestic violence during Covid-19”. Delegates had come together to discuss many motions, such as the causes of domestic violence and its impacts on the overall world population. Throughout the sessions, the knowledgeable delegates shared many exciting solutions through different aspects such as educational reforms, makeup, and technology.

On the other hand, delegates of the World Health Organisation have vocalised their concerns on the recent rapid spread of Covid-19 variants that has put the whole world on alert and debated on measures and course of actions aimed to be taken to “maintain compliance and composure of citizens concerning the new Covid-19 mutant”. Delegates in this committee discussed a range of issues, beginning from raising awareness and educating citizens on new mutants of the virus, considering various ways to finance the research into the vaccine production, up to ensuring compliance with new safety regulations.

Simultaneously, the UNSC, with essential responsibilities for maintaining international peace and security, addressed the “transition to peace from Syrian Civil War.” Delegates initiated an assortment of discussions, ranging from coming up with approaches and measures on preventing the use of weapons on civilians, ways to improve cash flow into Syria for parties needing funds and allocation of aid, and proposed permanent political solutions to strain civil wars from spearheading.

As this all occurred, the delegates of the UNHRC committee undertook the responsibility of strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe through examining the idea of “combatting the growth of modern slavery,” where delegates contemplated the types and causes of modern slavery, alongside the specific reasons for this issue. Amid the discussion, representatives have also thought of many prominent solutions, such as a help-line for trafficking victims to reduce
the alarming rates of modern slavery.

The chairmen of each committee were interviewed about what characteristics and actions a
“best delegate” has and does, some of which include:

  • Having the ability to lead discussions
  • Being flexible
  • Comes to the conference well-prepared and is familiar with rules and procedures
  • Having a sense of passion about the issues being discussed
  • Actively participates
  • Respectful of others’ opinions
  • Being able to cooperate with other delegates
  • Confidence
  • Contribute to resolutions
  • Addressing issues on a global scale

These attributes were seen throughout the first day. These chairmen could only hope for the delegates to engage themselves in more fruitful discussions on the second day while exceeding expectations just as they have on the day. The chairmen also had mentioned their anticipation to see the delegates unite and succeed in passing their creative resolutions.

After a long yet productive day of discussion of what some of our delegates described as “fun, productive and filled with a lot of teamwork,” we assume that delegates rushed to their beds (still wearing pyjama pants), eager to unwind from the events of the first day after getting in group calls and wrapping up their resolution drafts; excited for another productive day filled with more debates and discussions.

By Tiara Mirchandani, Nixie Sachiko, Nikita Kanjani, Pranati Chalasani and Mishka Jain

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