MIMUN stands for Mexico City International Model United Nations. It´s the first MIMUN and is organized by the Chicago University, where this kind of models have been done several times.
It´s a model I was not used to. First it is held in a hotel, the Hilton Hotel in Reforma was chosen and we stayed there 4 days.
Secondly I participated in a historical debate and was a person, not a delegate of some country. I was Leonid Brezhnev, the Chairman of Presidium, in the Soviet Politburo. It was 1962 and we debated the Sino-Indian border, the issue was whether or not we should support China and if we could support India.
It was a tricky question, because China was still communist and comrades should support their fellow comrades. However Nikita Khrushchev was against Stalins ideas, the “desalinization” was going on actually, and China was ruled by the dictator Mao Tse Tong who supported Stalins ideology. India on the other side was capitalist, but was also weak and had a difficult relationship with the US, so the USSR could take it by its side? even though it would mean that they wouldn’t support their fellow comrades?
Then we had a cries at 1am regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis, We debated until 4am….it was all so exciting! The “capitalist pigs” where now the topic and ideas to finish them were on the table. We were the Soviet Politburo after all we could do whatever we wanted and Security Council would have to deal with it…yes we all were connected as in a real 1962 situation!
It was so cool because you did not represent a country but a person, just like I did with Rigoberta Menchú, so you could put i bit of your own opinion in the debate and since we were on a Cabinet we got to know how politics really work.
The first day we had a fancy banquet so that we could meet our “comrades” in my case and other delegates. It was all very formal and the food was great, typical mexican food.
At the end of the day we were at one of the nicest hotels in the city so we also took a break in the pool which has an amazing view to one of the iconic buildings of Mexico City, El Palacio de Bellas Artes. After four days of debate, and no sleep at all – …remember the crisis at 1am? We also debated until 11pm…. – our efforts were rewarded and we won the Best School Award!
I had a marvelous time with the delegates of my school, who are also my friends…and more like family!