Alba García. Curtains open, lights are turned on, staff is prepared, chairs and co-chairs awaiting at the first row and delegates fill in the hall. The opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the URJCMUN is ready. Pilar Laguna, doyenne of law and social science's faculty, was the one in charge of opening the 2017's edition by asking to “trust and believe in our MUN”. Ainhoa Echave, General Director of the URJCMUN proceeded afterwards explaining the transition that URJCMUN has lived during this five years, a “small model in which all participants have made an effort for it to flourish”. Ainhoa with a melancholic perspective remembered how this MUN began with students of all over Madrid and admired the changing point in 2015 “where participants doubled”. A job that wouldn't have been possible without chairs, staff, press team and general secretariat's commitment.
On this years edition we had the pleasure to have Francisco Javier Sanabria, General director of the United Nations and of human rights in the secretariat of foreign affairs. He began his speech admiring the diversity that conforms the whole URJCMUN's 2017 edition, stating that "human and international relations are very important", especially for UN's purpose " make a better world, which is diplomacy's essence". In fact, he clearly stated the urgency of working together, as "its better to prevent than to heal", bringing up as an examples Syria's situation in which he believed "we haven't been at the height international community needs" in order to solve such conflict which lasts now for 6 years.
Francisco Javier, standed out how Spain is developing such an important role in international affairs, as Spain has presided in two occasions UN's security council, reaching in those two years 141 resolutions. Some of the issues that this organism is bringing up and focusing in are "equality, women and peace, international law rights and religious conflicts". Furthermore, a youth conference in which countries will be represented by young professionals will be soon held, as Francisco Javier believes that this is an opportunity "to learn new perspectives older generations don't have". Lastly, after congratulating URJCMUN for its progress he promised to work in bringing "World MUN to Spain, something we have in mind for the future".
Pilar Laguna, doyenne of law and social science's faculty completed Francisco's inspiring speech towards URJCMUN stating "this hall is filled with our country's and the world's future" and thanked the figures of the general secretariat, directive and ADHUE for working hard in this MUN initiative, which for her "is a lifestyle of principles that inspires the world and a philosophy of being". Pilar focused in encouraging participants to use this model to develop solutions which could eradicate violence against certain ideologies, sex or religions, to look forward into implementing in our lifestyles sustainable development and that peace as a fundamental right becomes a reality, basically, guaranteeing living with dignity, "something that is changed with dialogue".
Pilar has been collaborating and supporting this model since its beginnings, something that she reaffirmed she will continue supporting and congratulated "Ainhoa Echave, Alvaro Rodriguez and all the team, for their work".
The honour of closing the opening ceremony was given to the General Secretariat, Álvaro Rodríguez Poblete. Álvaro was able to gather the attention of everybody with a tender story about the Masais, a rural uneducated population which showed the world what means collaborating and helping each other without interests. In 2002, after knowing about the appalling attacks that the Americans suffered at the twin towers, this small collective sent without any knowledge about USA's world importance, there most precious possessions. This made Álvaro share a personal reflection that the Masais case made him see, "that the world is huge but us humans are very similar". Álvaro showed his admiration towards this community's gesture, "they didn't know what impact their gesture could have" but as he peacefully expressed "if you can do something, no matter how small or insignificant it is, do it" as he strongly believes an important change starts with something small and eventually becomes big.
In honour of Pilar Laguna, doyenne of law and social science's faculty and a loyal supporter of URJCMUN as mentioned, Álvaro called her over to inaugurate together, as a symbolical way to thank her, this 2017 edition. Hand by hand, Álvaro and Pilar made the mallet sound, URJCMUN 2017 has officially began!