GA2 Confesses…


Are you an Arab Dictator? Because you’re starting a political uprising in my pants.

Is it just me, or does the delegate of Azerbaijan look like Bruno Mars?

I am a very tall midget.

Is the delegate of Madagascar one of the penguins?

The topic on space pollution makes no sense to me 

The delegate of Afghanistan is God’s gift to mankind.

I hate the word ‘wholeheartedly’

Is it bad that I’m voting for, without reading the resolution?

The chair is so obsessed with confessions from 14 year old boys, he might as well be a Catholic priest.

Kazakhstan, why does your hair look like the fuzz on a tennis ball?

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Humans of MEDIMUN – Daniel Todd (The English School of Kerynia)

Who is your favorite political leader and why?

My favorite political leader is Jacinda Ardern, who’s the prime minister of New Zealand. She was elected quite recently and she’s also quite young, she’s the second youngest prime minister of New Zealand. The reason why I like her so much is because I think it’s awesome that she is really interested in solving many major problems in New Zealand  such as the housing crisis. It is quite specific but as a person from New Zealand it is so important to me. And she’s promised free tertiary education in the first year and an allowance for students has been increased, which is great for meunnamed (11).

Humans of MEDIMUN – Ilya Razinkin (The Grammar School Limassol)

Who’s your favorite political figure and why?

”My personal Leader and perhaps my own hero is definitely Abraham Lincoln. As you know his drive, passion and determination for the abolition of slavery not only influenced the West , Europe but also influenced the East. Really he is the most legendary individual known in History. For the 16th president of the United States, a lot of things were made after him. For me he is just incredible.”

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Interview with Susana Elisa Pavlou, Guest speaker at GA2

What inspired you to pursue your career?

”I don’t think there is one particular person that inspired me. I think that I -through the course of your life- there are many people that come in and sort of lead your or push you along that path. That was probably sort of predetermined, but I would say that they are all women. If I had to point to one person I’d say that it was my mother because she was a fighter who overcame extreme challenges that had a lot to do with gender equality. But I think I always had a strong sense of justice and I came across professors, friends, mentors in my life that were huge inspiration to me. I cannot point to one, except my mum.”

Who’s your role model?

”My mum is my role model. But I’ve got a lot of role models. One example – you know one thing I keep saying to myself and my colleagues- is that women need to be braver and the first woman I heard this from is a radical feminist called Julie Bindel who will be in Cyprus on Wednesday evening talking about prostitution and violence against women and she always says that women need to be braver. I think that a lot of women often do not speak up as well as a lot of men do not speak up about injustice. That’s kind of something I always had in my mind. That we must be braver, I must be braver in order to speak out and take action. This is often associated with risk, that people might disagree with you, people might attack you for your opinions but we must be brave if we want to see change in the world.”

What do you think is the biggest problem women in Cyprus face ?

”That’s a difficult one. Again I can’t give higher priority to such issues. How can I say that violence against women is not as serious as women’s economic independence? I said it in my speech and I’ll say it again all forms of inequality are related. But I would say that something that is a part of all issues is women in decision-making positions in all sectors including political and economic. I think that would have an impact on policy and legislation across the board and benefit women. ”

Any upcoming projects with the Mediterranean institute of Gender Studies?

 ”We have many many many projects. I would say in terms of we always accept volunteers. Mostly our projects have to do with research and raising awareness. But we have public events. One example is the event on the 14th of February 2018 where we have invited a very prominent feminist, Julie Bindel. Everyone is welcome to attend. It’s very important that men and women attend many of these events to raise awareness.”

The Final Debate of the day

17.15 p.m: The delegate of Honduras made his opening speech were he emphasized the importance of women having a higher income. However due to time constraints only one speech will be made against this resolution. The delegate of Ukraine believes that the resolution is insufficient insufficient to deal with the issue at hand with clause 5 as an example ( the clause want to encourage government organisations to hire more women). the voting procedure has taken place and a motion to divide the house was approved by the chairs. The resolution has not passed

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Humans Of MEDIMUN – Christiana Christoforou and Emily Vrahimi, The English School

Who is your role model?

 Emily Vrahimi (right) – I would say my role models are my parents because they take care of me, provide me with all my necessities all the time and they also are so hard working and its so pleasing to see them happy all the time and work so hard at what they do.

 Christiana Christoforou (left) – My role models are also my parents because of the same reasons.unnamed (6)

“Economic Justice For Women”

14.27 p.m: The delegate of Equatorial Guinea has highlighted the importance of education in her opening speech to help combat gender discrimination and encourage women in to join non-traditional jobs and help achieve gender equality. The second speaker claims that by ending gender discrimination (similar to how people ended apartheid) we can achieve economic growth. With no speeches against the resolution the voting procedure began at once. Not surprisingly the resolution passed.

Opening Ceremony Report

 

There was a hint of excitement in the air, as all delegates, guests and organisers crowded in the Cultural Centre for the opening ceremony of the 13th annual MEDIMUN Conference. This is the biggest conference so far, with approximately 300 delegates joining the event, coming from numerous schools around the island, as well as from countries as far as Israel, Jordan and China. They are all seated, faces shining with determination, as they are now more ready than ever to tackle some of the greatest challenges of the modern time, such as the question of maritime refugees, and the question of autonomous weapons systems.

The ceremony commences with one of the most prestigious MEDIMUN traditions, the flag parade. Spectators watched in awe as the flags of countries and the UN gracefully marched down to the stage, walking to the slow and calm rhythm of music.

Following the parade, was a speech by senior director of the MEDIMUN conference, Mr. James Lodge, who spoke about the importance of issues to be discussed during the conference, such as the question of gender discrimination. Remembering the attacks on the Twin Towers on the 11th of September 2001, he underlined the vital role of the Security Council during that time, which gave the delegates of the Historical Security Council a better image of this event that is to be re-enacted during this conference. Furthermore, he briefly introduced the brand new Bioethics Committee, which is to be discussing the question of the future of organ provision for transplants, bio-engineering the human genome  and the question of human enhancement through non-genetic methods.­

Moreover, he highlighted the educational skills that the delegates are to obtain by undertaking their roles, skills which, he said, cannot be learned in a class room. He specifically said that he would:

“like to put forward to you some of the education values that I believe you will be getting from this conference. Already, you delegate, would’ve completed individual research into your assigned country, gathering knowledge.”

Later on, the English School choir performed an acapella edition of the song ‘Let It Be’ by The Beatles, which provided an excellent interlude, before the introduction to honourable guest speaker, Mrs. Egli Pantelaki, who took the opportunity to highlight the importance of learning outside the classroom, stating that knowledge acquired during such methods of learning is oftentimes deeper and more long-lasting. She additionally spoke about the role of the MEDIMUN conference in creating active citizens, who fight for a better tomorrow, one without any extremities.

After a captivating performance by the English School string quartet, the Secretary General Penelope Ioannou delivered a touching and inspiring speech, which emphasised that discussing world issues can be a deeply personal experience, which allows delegates to realise just how many opinions they have about how to change the world. On that note, and with her mighty gavel, she marked the beginning of yet another fruitful and exciting weekend, the beginning of the 13th annual­­ MEDIMUN conference.

Chairs punished!

14.06 p.m: The chairs  are punished for being late amongst other countries. The delegates asked the chairs questions to which they had to answer honestly. Some examples where “would you go out with each other? Cause we ship you.” and “which delegates would you date?”unnamed (8)

Daniel Todd“I have three. I’d date the delegates of Poland, Ukraine and Madagascar,because I really want a free trip to China”

 

Styliani Stavrou “The delegate of Palestine ’cause her dad owns a restaurant”

Humans Of MEDIMUN – Jason Kang (Shanghai American School)

What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced?

 ”When i was in grade 4, we were having silent reading in class and for some reason my grade 4 self was reading Harry Potter. I was reading in my head, reading in my head, until eventually there was a line, “BOOM” , and i decided to scream that in the library, in front of everyone. I still remember that to this day.”unnamed (5)

 

Final debate before lunch

13.12 p.m: The delegate of Hungary insists that firms who give women maternity leave should receive subsidies from governments, this was heavily criticized by the delegate of China. The resolution was also criticized by the delegates of the Russian Federation and Jamaica, who said that the resolution is too vague and does not propose ways to resolve the economics of gender discrimination.

“The delegate of Hungary just took a list of problems and added an introduction to them.”  – Delegate of Jamaica

13.23 p.m: The resolution has not passed as the majority of the house voted against.

Russia supports women!

12.11 p.m: Russia strongly believes the topic of gender discrimination must be resolved at once. Clause 5 calls for women becoming able to attend school as two thirds of illiterate people being women. She also calls for heavy sanctions to firms who intentionally pay women less than men. She believes in a world that will “justly be called equal”.

What will Poland say about gender discrimination?

10.11 a.m: GA2 will now discuss Poland’s resolution on the Economics Of Gender Discrimination.

10.14 a.m: More on the debate-The delegate claims men are privileged for the simple fact that they are men. The resolution states that scholarships would be given to exceptional women to empower women, to make school more accessible and developed countries – who are more privileged- to help them achieve equality. The delegate of Afghanistan makes a point of information regarding cause 1, sub clause b, which calls for the re examination of sacred religious texts. The point of information, that was raised, was about women being inferior in most of the 2000+ religions that exist. The delegate of Poland simply responded with women should not be forced into a religion.

Myanmar got stabbed in the back

9.44 a.m: The Delegate of Pakistan calls the resolution ineffective as child marriage is a tradition in nations all around the world which the UN cannot intervene. Furthermore she questioned the reliability of the gender wage gap as it does not take into account maternity leave.

9.57 a.m: The voting procedure is taking place with the majority of delegates voting for the the amendment suggested by the delegate of Palestine. The resolution has not passed with the majority of the house voting against the resolution (59 against). The delegate of Myanmar is feeling betrayed.

 

Are women discriminated against?

9.31 a.m: Myanmar’s delegate called gender discrimination a “violation of human rights” and made mention to forced marriages and the wage gap. Furthermore, she mentioned that if a country got rid of the gender wage gap, a country’s GDP would rise by 34 per cent. When asked by another delegate whether discrimination against males is still discrimination she responded with “I admit that does happen but discrimination against females happens more often”.

9.37 a.m: The delegate of Poland has been recognized as the second speaker.

Canada and Mexico to clean space!

16:50 p.m – The debate on Pollution in Space is about to begin with delegates reading resolutions

16:57 p.m– The delegate of Canada is the main speaker of this resolution.who urges all delegates vote for the resolution. the delegate received points of information that challenge various sub clauses.

17:07 p.m– The delegate of Mexico aims to address fundamental questions such as our position in our universe. It calls for the development of space exploration by removing debris from the earths orbit (leftovers of previous launches).

17:12 p.m – The delegate of Ukraine urges that if the amount of debris increases around the earth’s atmosphere will mean that no further space exploration will be possible – essentially trapping us ( also known as the Kessler effect). The delegate highlights the importance of developing space exploration in all countries.