Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Today

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10.56 a.m: The delegate of Norway passionately delivers her opening speech on the topic of Prevention of Child Sexual Exploitation in the Age of Information and Communication Technology, urging all delegates to vote for this resolution so as to reduce this terrible tragedy from happening to ‘any of these innocent children’.

This is immediately followed by a point of information made by the delegate of Bolivia, drawing attention to clause 4, which refers to reinforcement of sanctions and punishment as a legislation. As the delegate of Bolivia points out, this legislation already exists in the USA.

Delegate of Bolivia: ‘Acknowledging the fact that this legislation has in fact been existing in this world for years now and since then, not only has there been no improvement, but the percentages of child exploitation cases have also dramatically increased, this clause is undoubtedly ineffective and useless.’

11.03: The floor is yielded to the delegate of Thailand. As the delegate asserts, ‘how can we allow a reality like this to continue?’ This is then followed by a point of information made by the delegate of Saudi Arabia, regarding clause 3, who mentions the fact that children may not be able to speak up against these predators.

Against the resolution speaks the delegate of Iran, clearly stating that clause 5 is a disaster.

Delegate of Iran: ‘There are some glaring flaws in this resolution, which completely ignore the reality of what technology has evolved into.’

The delegate then accepts a point of information by Eritrea who wonders if there should be any guidance toward sexual matters, ‘when it comes to kids’. However, the delegate skilfully replies, saying that this form of guidance ‘already exists and it’s called parental guidance’.

The delegate of Belgium is also against this resolution, since as the delegate supports it has nothing combating the psychological grooming of the children and there is no sense of censorship since legal websites, such as YouTube, lack any surveillance.

The delegate of Netherlands, makes another point of information, drawing attention to Clause 3 sub clause a of the resolution, noting that this clause ‘has nothing to do with justice’.

After all points of information are heard and answered the voting procedures begin. With 56 votes against, 20 votes for, and 9 abstentions the resolution does not pass.

The Plenary Session Begins!

9.42 a.m: The delegates gather for the beginning of this year’s Plenary Session.

The chairs, Penelope Ioannou and Mikaelena Kokkinou welcome the delegates to the Plenary session and the event starts with the resolution on the question of autonomous weapons.

The delegate of Canada begins delivering her passionate speech on the topic, highlighting that autonomous weapons should be restricted but not limited to LAWs (lethal autonomous weapons) not being significantly intelligent, due to the fact that they lack morality and will never be capable of military honour. The delegate goes on, skilfully answering all points of informations before yielding the floor to Poland, who strives to combat all areas of the issue.

The delegate of Myanmar then steps in to deliver a passionate attack speech, followed by another attack speech from the delegate of Cambodia.

Delegate of Cambodia: ‘This resolution reminds me of the Titanic. It looks great on the outside, but in reality it is doomed to sink to its fall and fail.”

After the auditorium erupts into a heated argument between delegates, the chairs call for an order in the house, before the voting procedures begin. The resolution passes, despite the passionate attack speeches against it.

Interview with Jack Lambard (American Community School of Amman, Jordan)

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Have you been to other MUN conferences in other countries before?

No, this is my first time participating in a conference.

How did you like Cyprus so far?

 I think the weather in Cyprus is much better than in Jordan. It’s generally milder and more pleasant. Also, the nights in Cyprus are more tranquil and quiet and they are just perfect for a peaceful stroll. Lastly, Cyprus seems to be a very organised country.

Tell us your favourite thing about your culture back home.

Well, I’m actually from Texas and I currently live in Jordan because my dad is a diplomat and he was transferred there. So my favourite thing about our culture in Texas is how people there don’t give up and they always stick to their beliefs.

What’s a typical day at school for you?

My typical day at school would be going from class to class and rushing to do my homework between breaks.

Humans of MEDIMUN – Nihal Soganci, Chair GA1 (The English School)

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What’s your favourite quote?

My favourite quote is from the movie Hotel Rwanda. “When people see these pictures, they’ll say ‘oh my god that’s horrible’ and then go on eating their dinners”. It really appalls me how people can turn their back to horrible injustice and suffering happening in ‘distant’ parts of the world just because it’s none of their business. For me, this is not being cautious or protective. This is cowardice.

 

Indecisive Delegates

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10.38 a.m: The voting for the resolution on the topic of cyber espionage begins. However, the delegates are having a hard time deciding what to for, so the Chair steps in:

Chair, Nihal Soganji: “Delegates, can you please decide what you are voting for? The admin keep complaining that there are delegates voting both for and against the resolution and the numbers don’t add up correctly. So please decide what you are voting for.”

 

12.34 a.m: Just as the voting for the resolution on the topic of autonomous weapons begins, the delegates seem to be facing the same struggle.

Chair, Nihal Soganji: “Delegates, why is it so hard to vote for or against?”

The Microphone Struggle

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11:36 a.m.: The delegate of Madagascar has a hard time with the microphone and so do the delegates listening to him. The delegate is indeed delivering a passionate speech on the topic of autonomous weapons but without using the microphone, until a point of personal privilege is made by the delegate of Germany.

Delegate of Germany: “Can the delegate of Madagascar use the microphone?”

Delegate of Madagascar: “This microphone will be the death of me.”

Eventually, the delegate of Madagascar, continues his speech, finally making use of the microphone. All is well, until a second point of personal privilege is made by the delegate of Iran.

Delegate of Iran: “Can you back up from the microphone by a few centimetres? Because you are speaking too loud.”

Delegate of Madagascar: ” I don’t need a microphone. I’ll just speak in my natural voice.”

Humans of MEDIMUN – Jessica Wu (Shangai American School Pudong)

                                         IMG_3003                                                                                                          What’s the best part about being a delegate?

That you get to work with people from around the world.

 

Lobbying in GA1

10:15 a.m: The delegates having already formed their allies, now are discussing their clauses. The topic of cyber espionage is to be debated on later on today, with some interesting ideas filling the room.

Delegate Andreas Lordos: ‘We should definitely form a watchstop organisation to make data on the internet more secure. We could name the organisation ICE (International Cyber Espionage) and it should certainly work on an international level in order for it to be effective.”