By: G. L. Reti
BRAMUN XVI was an amazing and enriching experience. The theme of the conference was about the power of unity and collective impact in times of crisis. The guest speaker for the ceremony was Ms. Claudia Costin, a professor in Harvard Graduate School of Education who was recently named for the Ordem do Merito Cultural for her work in education.
Alongside the five regular committees (Human rights, political, ECOSOC, the security council and the historical security council), there were several other special committees involved, including the British House of Commons, the African Union, the EU-LAC foundation (European Union - Latin America and Caribbean foundation) and NATO. Also present were the Press Corps, who represented different news organisations (such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera and O Estado de São Paulo). Each committee debated solutions for three topics distinct topics, some committees even having to deal with unexpected crises where delegates had to act quickly and decisively in the face of emergencies.
However, there was more to BRAMUN XVI than only the committees. For one, there was the gorgeous resort in which we stayed during the conference, located in Costa do Sauípe, Bahia. Whenever the committees weren’t in session, all delegates could go to the pool or the beautiful beaches of Bahia. The time in the beach was a relaxing break from the committee sessions, which would leave you refreshed for more intense debating and lobbying. There was also free time after dinner, however, these breaks were much more limited as there was less to do at night.
During free time delegates could also participate in the BRAMUN cup, a competition between all of the committees. There were many different and varied activities for the delegates to participate in. The first event was a talent show, where many delegates presented their skills to the rest of the conference. There was also the Mr. and Mrs. BRAMUN competition and several sports competitions. However, not all the activities were worth points. A yoga class and delegate luau were also organised purely for the enjoyment of the delegates involved.
BRAMUN XVI was an unforgettable experience and I am eager to apply to go again next year.