What is the funniest thing that has happened so far in MEDIMUN?
17:40 After a full day of debating, our delegates finally get a time to relax, when our two Chairs raise 13 superlatives. Our delegates had a lot of fun when voting for the winners. Below are the questions and the winners.
- Most likely to end up in prison. The delegate of Kazagstan
- Best speaker. The delegate of Libya
- Best delegate. The delegate of Saudi Arabia
- Sexiest Delegate. The delegates of Brazil and USA
- Best dressed. The delegate of Libya
- Delegate you want to kick out. The delegate of UK
- Most likely to end up married to each other. The delegates of Saudi Arabia and the USA
- Most likely to betray their fellow delegate. The delegate of the UK
- Most likely to become a stripper. The delegate of India
- Most likely to succeed. The delegate of the UK
- Most likely to start a revolution. The delegate of Palestine
- Best Admin. Marilia Athinodorou
- Best hair. The delegate of the USA
17:10 pm The delegate of Ethiopia stresses the importance of the question at hand, and how crucial it is that the resolution agreed upon on, is not at all problematic or flawed. More specifically, the delegate speaks about clause 3 which refers to the accession of African-American and Native-American history in international history syllabuses, and how this only helps or solves the problem in America. Although this was a question that was clarified previously, the delegate mentioned “This resolution may cause confusion, and in the delegate’s mind this makes the resolution weak.”
17:20 pm The delegate of Brazil stresses the same point, focusing on the mistake or confusion caused by clause 3. He added that in the future history teachers might mark this resolution as biased or as propaganda, not only commenting that it is weak (as the delegate of Ethiopia mentioned before) but also not helpful to the question at hand. Therefore the delegate urges all delegates to vote against this resolution.
Who is your favourite delegate in your GA and why?
My favourite delegate is Madagascar’s because they are a freaking legend. They made a car run on gas. Mad-a-gas-car. –Anonymous.
15:25 The delegate of North Korea begins her attack speech and three words stood out “Naivety”, “Ignorance”, “Reluctance”. She urged the house to vote against this resolution as it is “written in naivety”, “proves the ignorance of the countries who wrote it” and their “reluctance to live in the present”. Specifically, the two lined clause 1 is deemed too short and lacking information. The delegate of North Korea repeats several times:
“The law cannot change people’s opinions. If it could then the KKK, or ISIS would not have risen. It is also in the people’s rights to have these ideologies as part of freedom of speech and expression”.
Everyone in the room strongly disagrees and the delegate of the UK mockingly shouts: “Is it not ironic that this is North Korea talking about freedom of speech?”. Cheers and applause follow.
15:43 The delegate of Ethiopia’s message was much simpler stating: “This resolution offers no solution to the question at hand”. The delegate then proceeds by saying several examples of clauses that are too naive and vague to be voted for. In the end the delegate simply states: “I urge all delegates to vote against this resolution as it offers no real solution to this problem”.
2:05 pm After our fun ice breaker, the debate continues. Panama takes the floor, beginning by saying that this resolution offers some solution to the problem, but not entirely.
“Clause 7“, the delegate continues, “suggests that all member countries should give 1% or 2% of their funds annually to invest in safe diamond mining equipment. This is absurd as not all member countries trade blood diamonds and therefore should not have to give this percentage.“
With this, the delegate concluded that this resolution is not completely effective. Voting proceeded and with 26 votes for, 32 votes against and 2 abstentions, the resolution does not pass.
2:30 pm Denmark then takes the floor beginning by saying that this resolution is extremely effective and involves taking decisive and solid measures to combat this issue. She continues by emphasising the urgency of this matter, stating:
“Illegal raw diamond trade has funded many wars and led to the death of millions.” She then ended her speech by promoting education: “Educate, enlighten, empower.“
Our two Chairs decide that, since many delegates were repeatedly late, they should be punished. So all the delegates who were late were split into two groups, Group 1 and Group 2 and a lip-synching and dancing competition began. Overcoming some technical difficulties the two groups competed, and Group 2 won.
With a confident and convincing manner, the delegate of South Korea begins his speech on prevention of illegal trade of raw diamonds and minerals. He thoroughly explains some of the clauses in the resolution, including clause 10 which “addresses the issue at core” as a statistical database will be set up to provide information on mineral trade.
“If the house want this huge leap forward to be taken,” the delegate continues, “the delegate of South Korea urges all other delegates to vote for this resolution!“
12:50 pm The delegate of Senegal states that the resolution “is a collective effort” to eradicate illegal Diamond and Mineral trade. The delegate then proceeds by pointing out several clauses and sub-clauses that exactly “solve effectively and efficiently” the question at hand. However, this raises several eyebrows in the room and, although many delegated wanted to ask points of information, only one is accepted and recognized. Since there was some spare time, our two Chairs ask if there are any delegates in the house willing to speak for this resolution. In the absence of a delegate speaking for, the Chairs invite an open debate, where all delegates could speak for or against the matter.
12:22 pm After two speeches for and three speeches against Spain’s resolution, the Chairs proceed with the voting. Even though most expected the Resolution to be established, only 22 countries vote for, while 35 vote against and 4 are abstention votes. With another failed resolution, a five minute break is due.
12:13 pm The delegate of Afghanistan begins his speech against the resolution of Spain by simply stating that, with the exception of Nazi history being accessible through the school curriculum, all other clauses prove vague and do not solve the problems at hand. The delegate then proceeds by giving numerous examples of clauses that indeed offer no solution. For example, school trips to other countries, housing of refugees and addition of more suitable personnel to the justice system, all prove reluctant to solve the question in hand.
12:03 pm The delegate of Georgia is more than eager to urge the delegates to vote for this resolution. The delegate mentions that this resolution was filled with clauses that will surely combat neo-Nazism. She begins by saying that the best way to extinguish Nazism, neo-Nazism and racism in general is through education, and the access to Nazi history in the school curriculum achieves just that. Few points of information are raised, and the majority of the house seems to be convinced.
11:30 Mozambique begins with saying that Cambodia’s resolution is extremely naive, vague and impossible to be established. “The resolution sated that the Nazi era should be put in the history curriculum, however this could harm the initial curriculum of the country, as curriculum of history varies vastly between countries.”, stated the delegate of Mozambique and then added, “Clause 3 in the resolution states that media should play a positive role in combating racism by not giving an opinion and simply giving the facts. This is very naive and out of our control and thus cannot be done.” She closed with “The last clause stated that the ideology of thinking out of the box will be promoted, however this statement is very subjective and again vague”. Many points of information arise and making the delegate hesitate, but in the end she answers.
10:26 Israel takes the floor and states that this resolution will cause more problems if it is voted for. The delegate agrees that this resolution is excellent but has “one minor flaw that may lead to a bigger one”. He compared it to the “chicken and egg situation” and stated that one function cannot control the initial function. This was beyond control. Ethiopia follows finding that more clauses of the resolution are problematic. These give more power to UN officials instead of controlling them and solving the question in hand. Some points of information are raised, and the house is ready for voting.
10:07 am After two confident speeches against the resolution of Israel, the chairs began the voting procedure. Although the resolution promised an almost perfect future, its vague remarks to the question asked proved unconvincing. With 17 votes for and 44 votes against, this resolution failed.
9:50 Ukraine comments on the naive and idealistic nature of the Resolution, stating that “barely scratches the surface” and “is full of loopholes”. This remark needs clarification from the delegate of Albania, as it is too general. Will the delegate’s powerful speech overthrow Israel’s resolution and convince the majority of the house to vote against?
09:46 am Today’s debate is off to a good start as Israel discusses ways to combat racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia. The delegate’s speech is a breath of fresh air as he comments that such practices should not exist in the 21st century. Several points of information are raised by many delegates in the room. Many clauses prove unconvincing and the delegate has to explain some of them again.
5:17 pm After plenty of hours of lobbying and resolution writing, the debates officially begin. Ethiopia begins, with a personal story of the speaker’s family members and how in the lack of her resolution they were hurt and not helped by the government. This raised several eyebrows in the room, and resulted in the UK and Saudi Arabia making several points of information to the delegate of Ethiopia.
In your message on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Website, you stated that Cyprus and Ireland have “many features of historical context in common”. In your opinion, what are these?
“First of all, Ireland and Cyprus have a special relationship with the UK; not always a balanced relationship, because we were both colonies, and we hope to maintain the legacy of that relationship. On the other hand, we also have a very positive relationship as we are both small islands finding it difficult to make our way in the broader world, in economic terms, so it’s useful to have this special relationship with the UK. I also have to say that both countries are slightly alarmed at the Brexit prospects and how we have worked together on that. Following the state visit by president Anastasiades in Ireland last October, our respective Brexit task forces are working together as loyal members of the EU. Even though we have no intention of leaving the EU, the more cooperative and constructive our relationship is with post-Brexit UK, the better it will be for all involved. “
In what ways have you been promoting the relations between Cyprus and Ireland?
“Well, the highlight of my time as ambassador was the state visit by president Anastasiades, as it reinforced the excellent relationships Ireland and Cyprus have, and the less need there is for official state visits. One of the more practical things I have been doing, are my regular visits to the Home for Cooperation in the UN buffer zone. I was there only yesterday to talk about an agreement on the buffer zone french theater festival which will be held next November. They do a lot of things on reconciliation, where people from the north or the south can meet in the middle avoiding the discomfort of crossing sides and showing their passports. Personally, I am very conscious of the tension and lack of trust that exists on this divided island, as Ireland was in a similar situation. I believe that it is necessary for people of both sides of any divided country to come together and connect. “
In what ways can people who are interested in learning about the Irish culture and history do so through the embassy?
This is a difficult topic because Ireland had its own economic crisis a few years before Cyprus, and we are still recovering, so it is difficult to fund cultural events. Another main difficulty is logistics. There are no direct flights between Cyprus and Ireland so trying to get lecturers or performers from one country to the other may be challenging. However, there had been some history professors along with myself, who gave lectures in the Soloneion book shop. We are trying to keep our level of availability of information of Irish history to the highest level for eager learners, but as i mentioned,the circumstances do not always allow us.
By Valerios Athinodorou and Christia Kai
If you could do any job for one day what would it be?
“I would want to be a journalist for a newspaper. I would like to write articles for travelling and information about other countries.” Annie Chliara, GA4 Chair, The English School Nicosia.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
“My biggest inspiration would have to be Nelson Mandela. He worked very hard for what he believed in and took whatever life threw at him and made it his own. He was a fighter throughout his life.”-Rami Wei Mroueh, The Senior School.