Participating in THIMUN is an amazing way for people to improve their communication skills. More significantly, THIMUN provides an opportunity for people from all around the world to engage in conversations and network. Although this year’s THIMUN is online because of Covid-19, the delegates were motivated going into the conference.
At the beginning of the opening ceremony, The Chair of the THIMUN Foundation, Mr Alain Medinger, made a speech explaining the history of MUN and what it has accomplished in the past 75 years – they have achieved the convention of human rights, the convention of the rights of the child, the convention of protection of migrant workers and their families and so many more.
Later in the ceremony, Jos Dirkx, a woman who is an award winning media and communications advisor, global speaker and author, made a speech as a guest speaker. In her speech, Dirkx explained how Covid-19 has affected us all and how MUN has made sure that everyone has a chance this year to debate. Dirkx also explained how this pandemic has given us some time to improve our well being and made us realise the importance of cherishing the people around us. Dirkx ended her speech by advising all THIMUN attendees to step out of their comfort zones and to speak with each other, reasoning that THIMUN is all about connection, bravery and seeking new solutions to help the world.
Secretariat General Bhuvi Gupta also talked about how we have to realise what the pandemic made us grateful for and how it has steered certain matters toward the better, as seen in the enhanced air quality and the worldwide digitization of education.
Delegates are here to debate on a diverse array of topics. We are here to talk about the events that are affecting our world. This is the year where delegates need to work together the most, the chance to help the world not just for short-term gain.
The power of speech is essential to persuading people. Such power increases incrementally with enthusiasm. Evidently, THIMUN is not just about meeting new people; it is also about collaboratively seeking solutions to the world’s many problems.
As the ceremony came to a close, Gupta urged all delegates to keep the three pillars on which the UN rests while proceeding to the debates: international peace and security, development and enhancement of human rights, and environmental protection. She calls on everyone to stay strong and uphold THIMUN’s core value—collaboration to tackle problems larger than us.
The pandemic has brought the world to a standstill, but perhaps THIMUN does not see it as a stop sign.
Reporter Paula Krinke Garcia
Text Editor Joey Lin & Ping Tsai
Layout Shutong Xu