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Monday 20 April 2015

ESCP Europe students stepping into the shoes of UN ambassadors in New York

NMUN the biggest UN simulation in the world, with the participation of more than 5,000 students from all over the world, providing for discussion in twenty committees with topics including current global issues.

By Natalia Camacho Penuela and Chiara Di Natale (MEB Students 2015 - London/Paris track)

There were 14 MiM and MEB students from the Call ON’U society in London, who travelled to New York departing from the five ESCP Europe campuses to take part in the Model of the United Nations. From the 22nd to the 26th of March 2015 we represented our school in this unforgettable five-day event, which received over 3000 participants from all around the world.

For five days we stepped into the shoes of a UN ambassador from the Plurinational State of Bolivia - yes, long as it may be, that is the country’s correct name! Just like a delegate would do in real life, we were asked to plot strategies, draft resolutions, reach consensus and negotiate with allies and adversaries. We were dealing with some of the world’s most pressing issues like discrimination, data surveillance, women rights, biological weapons and sustainable development, among others.

After arriving at the heart of Times Square and being handed our UN badge and country’s placard, we suddenly felt promoted to the rank of ambassadors and understood the power of role-playing, which definitely leads to real understanding. In an ambience of diplomacy, formality and international politics we were able to personally experience the challenges of global collaboration and conflict resolution. Obstacles to reaching an agreement were beyond time, money or energy, and relied mainly on the ability to convince and compromise. How could delegates representing 196 member states with their own culture, background, perspective and interests reach an agreement? Just like in business, it was an entertaining game of give and take.

A great learning experience overall, which once again proves all the benefits of extra-curricular activities at ESCP Europe. And, the icing on the cake? A closing ceremony in the majestic General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. That amazing round room with the green marmor podium, where the most influencing people in recent history have spoken.

It was a perfect ending to a fabulous week. But, could it get any better? Yes! Ban Ki-moon happened to be in the house and delivered an inspiring speech on the need to be global citizens and the responsibility that we have to make a positive impact in the world and speak up for those without a voice. A great message to take back home, together with our new bag of tricks that only ESCP Europe and the model of the UN in New York could provide.

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