SecMUN was the first real possibility for our delegates to put their acquired skills to the test. Even though everyone had had training in rules of procedure and had had first MUN experience at the MiniMUN, they were uncertain of how they would perform in front of unknown students.
After the passport control at the Bundeswehr compound, the delegates had the possibility to get to know each other. Then the opening ceremony began and the Security Council and the Peacebuilding Commission were in session. The first formal sessions focused on setting the agenda, each delegation stating their favorite topics, and on promoting ideas and starting to plan possible coalitions. During the debriefing at the end of the first day, some delegates mentioned that the debate seemed too much centered around consensus, without any real problematic discussions. How wrong these delegates turned out to be.
After a night spent at the bar of the Bundeswehr compound and only a few hours of rest, the discussions resumed more heatedly in the morning. Members of the Security Council started accusing each other while debating the role of the international community in combating the causes of flight in Syria and dealing with the use of chemical weapons against the country´s population during the conflict, and debate in the Peacebuilding Commission got heated when the topic of gender equality was raised in the debate concerning the topic of increasing the effectiveness of foreign aid in post-conflict countries, to foster peacebuilding economically. After a long day of heated discussion, the delegates of both universities headed to the city center of Munich for dinner, creating the perfect occasion to get to know each other better.
On the last day of the conference, the discussions settled and delegates were able to find consensus. Each of the committees was able to pass three resolutions. Surprisingly, the voting procedure in the Security Council went by without any incidents, while the voting procedure in the Peacebuilding Commission was very time consuming and dominated by many amendments and motions.
Tired, but proud of their achievements, the delegates returned to Erlangen and Nürnberg, eager for the next joint conference, the BayernMUN in February.