CRISTINA ALONSO. The uncalled-for Friday we all dreaded unfortunately arrived. After eleven months of hard work and ceaseless planning, four days were not even close to sufficient. All of us wished for it to be Tuesday anew so that this incredible experience could commence all over again. However, there was nothing to be done… the closing ceremony of URJCMUN 2016 was upon us and the organization, delegates, press team and staff started assembling at the lecture hall. A gloomy atmosphere flooded the room.
Suddenly, an amazingly emotional video summary of this IV edition of the model United Nations at Rey Juan Carlos University was displayed, inaugurating the final act.
The director general was the first to approach the stand, mentioning the two weeks of “MUN vacation” they will take before taking up on the arrangements for URJCMUN 2017. Then he addressed each of the Secretariat General members, whom he named friends, for making the model happen. He congratulated the press and staff as well, saying they had been the best teams he could have asked for. Finally, he thanked the delegates for being part of the fifth largest model united nations in the world.
Afterwards, Andrea Boidi proceeded to call the chairs of every committee, starting off with the CSH. Alberite joked about the itinerancy of the model, mentioning it has been held in almost all of the URJC campuses, before quoting multiple notable writers. The other chair mentioned how the participants were alive proof that the youngsters of Spain do indeed care about their future and education. The president and vicepresident of the table ended their intervention by declaring “you have written history”.
SOCHUM came next, labelling everyone who had taken part in the model “indispensable” in making this dream come true. The chairs mentioned his fear upon learning the committee they would be running was to be the second largest of the whole model and how difficult and important the topics they had to deal with were, thanking the delegates for the level of the debates which had taken place and adding that they could have kept going on for four weeks straight without still being over.
Lara Iglesias and Fernan Camacho, who presided ONU Mujeres, reflected on the importance of women and how essential it was to listen to their voice, mentioning the diplomatic world doesn’t know about neither about genres nor cultures. Fernan asked everyone present to place a hand on their left eye and try and see through it, using it as a metaphor of the huge problem the world faces today. He finished the speech by quoting an Andalusian poet who talked about “women always being al pie del camion to defend women”.
Then stood the General Assembly chairs, who mentioned the advances their delegates had performed and the resolutions that had been reached, concluding that if the world actually sat down and dialogued, every single problem would be solved. Among their speech they also joked about the gossip box being the best part of each session and thanked both the staff and press for the dynamism and professionalism they had added to the model.
The English committees were up next, with DISEC leading and discussing some of the resolutions achieved. Mentioned how, even though diplomacy was born in a world which no longer exists and fundamental rights are violated every single day, he still believes in human beings and instar the delegates to be explorers and solve conflicts by travelling and understanding different communities and cultures.
Afterwards, the chairs of the Human Rights committee spoke about how the participants might not yet be aware of what being in a Model United Nations means because of being nationals of a first world country, reminding everyone about the millions of children around the globe forced to work from sunrise to sunset and begging not to be indifferent to those suffering.
Lastly, the Refugees Committee chair and co-chair told the audience to think out of the box and make a difference. Meryem remembered her reaction when she was given the Palestinian refugees issue but was grateful to each of the members of the commission for the amazing debates that were held.
Sinay, as chief of the press team, quoted García Márquez and said “journalism is an insatiable passion”. She later thanked her team for going over every expectation she could have had and for being the first ones arriving every day at the model and the last ones leaving. Lucía, her right hand, finished by thanking the press, staff, delegates and Secretariat for making this URJCMUN happen and be the best yet.
Ainhoa Echeave, the finance director, and Andrea Boidi, the secretary general, concluded the event by again thanking each of the participants for their attendance and the university for lending the facilities before showing the last two videos the production team had been working on.
URJCMUN 2016 was then proclaimed closed, against everyone’s wishes.
See you all next year.