The Big Challenge Is Coming

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The Big Challenge Is Coming

Everything began on March 18, 2016. One day in which sleeping the night before was not among the options, a day in which there was nothing besides nerves and big expectations on the team that had to carry out what would be the fifth version of the Model of United Nations of the Universidad de los Andes. And yes, that day began the great weekend that we had been dreaming and planning with a year in advance.  I remember stopping in the morning and thinking “if we don’t take the leap today, we will never take it”, while I watched around me the 500 delegate that were arriving to the inscriptions with only one goal in their minds: being the greatest delegates of the best model of Latin America. Without waiting for it, truth be told, time passed faster than ever and suddenly, we were in the closing ceremony that would end one of the greatest projects of my life, and for sure, of the life of my teammates, who for a whole year were my family. That weekend I learned one of the greatest lessons: what you love to do, is what leads you to face with satisfaction, commitment and resounding success the greatest challenges.  

MONUA, for many, is nothing more than a simulation of the United Nations where students play to save the world through different roles or countries. However, for others, it is one of the best experiences that college life, and school, has given them. I honestly have not met the first person who dares to say that MONUA has not brought them personal and professional growth, and that is precisely what set this model apart from all the rest. The Universidad de los Andes year after year opens its doors to national and international delegates to give themselves the opportunity to challenge themselves, in order to let MONUA leave such an imprint in them that they feel the deep desire for March to arrive so that they can return home. For this reason, MONUA 2017 is preparing to welcome those students who are willing to challenge themselves to learn, to meet different people, to win or to lose, to go beyond their own limits, but above all, to challenge themselves to grow and achieve success.  

Delegates, if I can assure you something, is that being part of MONUA 2017 will allow you to assume one of the most challenging experiences that exists in terms of Models of United Nations in Colombia. The truth is that we are ready to see in action the best heads of State or ministers in the Presidential Council, o the prominent magistrates and lawyers discussing about one of the most major moments of our country in the Special Court for Peace, and why not, the brightest and versatile delegates being surprised by the crisis with higher academic level that are brought by the Crisis Committees and the AD HOC.  

For these reasons, do cast doubt upon the fact that the greatest experiences are those that come accompanied by a little courage, perseverance, passion and by people that are willing to follow their dreams, and in this model, nothing is more important than your desire to play as a team in order to build a different reality. Keep in mind that our main goal will always be for you to go through the door of an auditorium thinking “I made it”. Once again, and full of excitement, the staff of the sixth version of MONUA extends the invitation to build your own challenges and that on March 2017, along with us, you give yourselves the chance to face them. We only have one question left for you, after taking the leap, are you ready to come back and assume the challenge? 

We are waiting for you at MONUA 2017! 

Valentina Díaz Moya
Press Under-Director

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MONUA: Much more than a role play

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MONUA: Much more than a role play

Today more than ever, dialogue seems to be the only way to go in order to achieve transformations in the world. In this article we look forward to tell you about a space in the university that allows to have an experience dedicated to learning about how to pass this path of discussion and to use it as a tool of personal growth. It is about MONUA, a project where we can build change together.  
 
MONUA takes place annually since march 2011. As a fun fact, the first attempt to carry out a model in the university happened in 2009 under the name MUNIANDES and it was led by the law faculty. However, the creation of MONUA arisen as a response to the need of doing a quality model both in academic and logistic aspects and therefore overcome all the challenges that have arisen around the different models in the world. Now, through the following questions we look to invite you all to participate in MONUA 2017.  
 
1. Is MONUA just a game?
 
Definitively not. It is clear that models of United Nations can be so interesting that many delegates repeat year after year their participation in order to improve their abilities and knowledge around international relationships, oratory, argumentation, critical thinking, team work and leadership. MONUA is an experience in which their participants achieve to engage the model as a part of their identity, since it surpasses the idea of being “just another hobby” and turns more into an opportunity of transcending in the professional and personal fields.
 
In the discussion about whether MONUA is just a game, an analogy between this and all the different learning techniques used in legal training could be made. Why grade the students in a simulation of a court? Why make moot court competitions? What are the PBL exercices for? What is the purpose of legal clinics? Are all of this things just a game? It seems like they aren´t. This exercises are much more worth tan a grade or a recognition, given than the intrinsic dynamics of real life are so complex that these simulations turn into valuable spaces to achieve tangible and authentic learning about how to perform in the best way possible. MONUA fully complies with this purpose.  
 
2. What does MONUA 2017 promise to be?
 
Every one of the five versions of MONUA has presented a different challenge for those who build this great titan. On this occasion, César Andrés Londoño Salazar, student of Industrial Engineering and Sylvia Sus Abrajim, student of Political Science, have in their hands the obligation to surpass and assume the challenge that means to build MONUA 2017. While César, who is the Director-General for this sixth version, states that “as well as there is a notion in which young people have the responsibility to rebuild the stigmatized, poorly done or inefficient in the world, new generations are equally responsible of redefining and writing the current conditions, so that we can all have a better future. Because of this, “MONUA is the ideal space, academically and logistically, in which a person will have to face adverse situations, with unknown people, in which they are not within their comfort zone, with the lone purpose to innovate, propose and develop ideas of change and improvement.”
 
Likewise, Sylvia, Secretary-General, invites us to discover the academic line that seeks to potentiate the model this time. Since its fourth version, MONUA has worked with a dynamic of interconnection between committees, and most of all, it has been the pioneering model of crisis in Colombia; for this reason, the academic team looks that since from the sixth version and through all the other versions that will come, MONUA is defined and recognized as such. Therefore, she claims that “for this version, we are going to take ideas from previous versions of MONUA and many more will be created. For example, an idea that is intended to be used again is the existence of a committee in which the heads of government and head s of state will have once again the power to make decisions that are transcendental to the rest of committees. Similarly, and as a special addition, we want to materialize in MONUA the realities that are taking place in our country and not only in the world, to show that us, the youth, are the ones who will change the future of Colombia and because of this, a Special Court of Peace will be created, in order to develop a justice agreement.  
 
3. Why can I not miss MONUA 2017?
 
The sixth version of the best model of United Nations of Latin America will combine a learning environment with a space in which the delegate is not only determined to be someone who comes to discuss the international realities but also as someone who stands out for having human quality, which will lead to avoid traps and negative strategies in which the end, that is winning a price, is not justified by the means used to achieve it. Ana María Bernal Vélez and Eduardo Andrés Galvis Badillo, Director- General y Secretary-General of MONUA 2016, respectively, invite us not to miss the change of being a part of MONUA 2017, stating that they would return to MONUA because this is the proof that the road towards bigger goals begins with a blind leap and because it is the reflection that, in the most unexpected places, it is possible to build a family that will never close the doors when you assume a new challenge.

For this reason, we invite you to be part of this Model where the flag of the Universidad de los Andes will be up against national and international delegations. But above all, it will be a place where there are no limits for the goals of an academic and logistic staff that have as their only objective to give you a space where you can test your limits and exceed your goals. Finally, MONUA gives us the opportunity to live one of the best college experiences of our lives, based on the idea that going beyond duty is accompanied by the objective of materializing the change that is placed daily by the world on the hands of new generations. If so, we ask: why not take the challenge of building the best Model United Nations of Latin America?

By:
Luisa Fernanda García González.
Law Student - Fourth Year
lf.garcia10@uniandes.edu.co

Valentina Diaz Moya.
Law Student - Fourth Year
v.diaz10@uniandes.edu.co

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How was going through the MONUA experience?

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How was going through the MONUA experience?

My experience in MONUA was amazing, especially considering I came to the Model from a country that is filled with injustice and a very low quality of life. Our delegation made it to the Model with a lot of effort; we managed to get plane tickets and the necessary budget with a lot of hard work. I regret absolutely nothing of the energy and time invested. Not only did I learn about Colombian culture, I also learned about myself and the fact that no dream is too extreme. I discovered how to be a good leader, and to care about others’ welfare. We managed to overcome the committee’s several crises as a team, forgetting for a moment that we were competing against each other and deciding to enjoy the moment instead. It was a very dynamic Model, one I was in love with every second, even when the other delegates laughed at my Venezuelan accent (which inevitably appeared whenever I was passionate in my interventions), even when I was scared to death about debating in a language other than my own, even when others asked me questions I had a hard time answering.

María Isabel Rodríguez
Germany
Counter-Terrorism Committee
MONUA 2015

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An Opportunity to Take the Leap

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An Opportunity to Take the Leap

Today, two months away from living the experience of the best Model United Nations of Latin America, it is necessary to explain why missing MONUA 2016 would be a huge mistake. There are multiple reasons to support that previous statement. One must only take a moment to observe one’s surroundings and contemplate the world, a world populated with people who walk with uncertainty and don’t dare to question and change their reality. However, there are those who do not conform themselves and who dare to think of a better world. These men and women are critical of their reality and choose to involve themselves with the troubles and problems that come along with it. Not only this, but they are also just as ready to look for solutions and contribute to change, to gather all of those who are willing to take the leap. Every year we hold a great model in which anyone who considers him or herself an agent of change, can make the choice to take on the challenge to achieve and overcome their own, our, and the world’s expectations.

This way, every version of this model presents a different opportunity to positively impact the world, and above all, to radically alter the conscience and life of everyone who makes part of it. Participating in MONUA is not an activity solely academic, it is also a space that can be used to develop a great number of abilities. MONUA creates an environment that enables interaction between people with different interests, due to the constant group work and the ease to build new and strong relationships among each other. Besides this, it allows assisting members to strengthen their rhetoric and oratory skills, and pushes them to propose new challenges to become even better in such areas, giving importance to the pedagogic character that the Universidad de los Andes wishes to promote.

For all these and many other reasons that you will soon discover, you must not miss the 5th version of Model United Nations of Universidad de los Andes. It is an opportunity to contribute a little bit of yourself to change, to development, to a different and better society, by taking a stand in a positive way. In order to achieve an experience that includes a mix of academic interest, logistic abilities, and social interactions, it is important to take the leap in every possible way and to go beyond your limits. Don’t hesitate to attend filled with energy, curiosity, excitement, and determination to discover and rediscover the world of Model United Nations through MONUA 2016. You will soon learn that moments like those offered by this incredible experience are once in a lifetime opportunities.

Be the change! Do not miss the amazing experience that MONUA 2016 has stored for you.

We’ll be waiting for you!

Gabriela Herrera Gómez - 17 years / Languages and Social Studies
David Alonso Sánchez Quimbayo - 19 years / Law
Juliana Villamizar Chaparro - 18 years / Business Administration

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Why is Taking The Leap worth it?

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Why is Taking The Leap worth it?

If something has been mentioned to every young person nowadays, is that we are the generation of change and that the construction of a brighter future is upon us. I have no doubt of it, in fact, I strongly believe that we ought to complete this “mission”, and nevertheless, I think, that to achieve it, we need to live and experience leadership that shows exactly what we are made of. In my personal case, that experience is defined in one word: MONUA.

But, what exactly is MONUA? On a simple glimpse, it is a four day Model of United Nations that requires an anticipated and exhaustive planning and involves an excellence seeking work team. The objective is to recreate the operation of the international reality, where each delegate, representing an assigned country, faces a series of crisis, testing his or her capacities of conflict resolution, diplomacy and negotiation.

However, the aforementioned description is just a quick browse of what this experience entails, because, MONUA, certainly transcends every expectation of just an academic extracurricular. Therefore, it is not only an activity where one envisions one´s self in a role or a position, it goes further beyond and it invades every aspect of the lives of the people that participate in it, leaving an indelible print.

Have you ever imagined yourselves carrying two hundred pizzas and three hundred sandwiches in one hour or typing 81 PowerPoint slides in 21 minutes? Even yet, have you ever ended a weekend savoring the satisfaction of having exceeded your expectations and the desire of repeating it all over again, prevails? It may be so, but not experiencing it, means that the feeling has not been there. Up to this point, I shall say that MONUA is fellowship, friendship, team work, excellence, commitment, sacrifice and passion. MONUA teaches you to believe in yourself and allows discovering what you never thought yourself capable of. MONUA shows you that mistakes are not failure, but thriving and giving the best of you. It is a path that conjoins people from Colombia and other parts of the world, totally different to you, but willing to embrace the immense challenge that constructing this model entails.

To some extent, the Model of United Nations of Universidad de los Andes, was just an idea, that grew and flourished within each of its previous renderings. That is why; ideas shall not be discarded, because what seems a huge challenge today may become an unattainable and unimaginable reality. Surely, MONUA was an idea with many believers, which today, are its nurturers and growers. Leaving this experience aside is a mistake that shall not be made, therefore, I sincerely invite you to take the leap with us and join MONUA 2016, which is, and promises to be, the best Model of United Nations of Latin America.

Valentina Díaz Moya - 19 years old
Universidad de los Andes - 5th Semester

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