How did I like FOSCAMUN and the trip to Venice and back?

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How did I like FOSCAMUN and the trip to Venice and back?

On Thursday the 21st of March we took the train at 11:25 pm to Venice where we arrived at 8:30 am and met with a group of students who took us to Liceo Foscarini, the hosting school. The train ride from Munich was a bit exhausting since we haven´t slept much in the night train, and thus the walk to school in the morning was very refreshing and it was picturesque to see Venice with its bridges, channels, alleys and beautiful buildings.

Although the opening ceremony felt a bit long we soon delved into our committees and its topics. It was a bit stressful at the beginning, but in total FOSCAMUN was an absolutely great experience. We met very hospitable students and teachers and had great discussions. Discussing the chosen topics in our committees was an enriching experience and quite motivating to watch other students giving excellent speeches.

There have been nine MUN (Model United Nations)-Committees: DISEC (Disarmament and International Security Committee) , UNWOMEN (Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment for Women), UNEP (Environment Programme), UNHRC (Human Rights Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organization), ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)(, WHO (World Health Organization), ICJ (International Court of Justice), and the UNESCO (Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in which I was a delegate representing the People’s Republic of China.

In the UNESCO, we spoke French, which took me a little getting used to. But after a little time engaging in the discussions went pretty well and was a lot of fun. Our first theme was about promoting a scientific education that serves a sustainable future, for which it took us about six hours to discuss and to agree on a text for the final resolution paper. The second theme was about how to prevent violent political and religious extremism. For this, we only had four hours left to create a resolution paper that everybody agreed to. To fully discuss the theme we would have needed a bit more time. That is the main reason why we decided to present the resolution paper of the first theme at the general assembly, which passed with no dissentient vote.
At the General Assembly every committee had to present the resolution paper of one of the discussed themes and after that all of the Committees voted upon the resolution paper. Seven Committees presented in English, the UNESCO presented in French and the UNWTO presented in Spanish. Right after presenting in French and Spanish everything was translated to English so everybody could understand what they were voting upon.

On Sunday the 24th we were accompanied to the train station by our hosts, said goodbye and then sadly had to leave at about 11:00 pm. The Austrian delegates left at the same time, and so the first two thirds of the train ride we talked with them about FOSCAMUN and what we had experienced there. After eight hours, we arrived in Munich at 6:00 am. As it was Monday, we had to go to school, but some of us were too tired and had to stay at home and recover.

All in all, the trip to Venice was one of the best excursions I’ve ever done. We met very amazing students and took home great memories. Our hosts told us that they would have loved us to stay longer, so we might come back another time.

 

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Leander Reitz

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