10:50 am The delegate of UK from GA3 confidently walks on stage and begins right away to present her resolution, which presents ideas and strategies of dealing with the spread and also the impact of the Zika virus. Two of the points of information attack the clause which requests for the countries to propound their own strategic plans to fight the virus. The two delegates say that this clause is not practical for countries that are not developed enough to do this kind of thing on their own. The delegate of UK manages to satisfy these points by proposing for such unable countries to be aided by the WHO. However, due to an overwhelming majority voting against the resolution, it does not pass and clapping is not in order.
If you could chase any of your wildest dreams right now, where would you begin?
The dream that I would choose first would be travelling all around the world, helping people and having fun while tasting various cuisines.
GA3 shows affection towards the delegate of Lebanon. In the morning, just before setting off for the plenary session we walk in to find the board crumbled all over with loving notes signed from every single delegate!
“Let them tremble! Let them feel the wrath of GA3!”, are the last words of the Chair Eleni-Maria Papachristodoulou.
9:00 am GA3, having completed all the debates on its resolutions yesterday, begins the third and last day with a very fun energiser. The delegates look more than ready for the Plenary Session.
GA3. Captivating Voices! Stunning Dance moves!
“Delegate of Myanmar we love you.”
“Your hair is mesmerizing.”
“Delegate of Poland, was your father an alien, because honey there is nothing else like you.”
“Cambodia is cute.”
“Japan is super pretty.”
6:00 pm The delegates of Chad and Finland, previously chosen by the GA as the “most shipped couple” are now unafraid to show some public display of affection to each other.
5:15 pm The delegate of Argentina offers a dynamic solution to the spreading of the Zika virus, simply asking for more funding to be devoted to research in this area, adding a quote from the famous Lebanese poet, Khalil Gibran; “Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.” There have been no other speeches for this resolution but one against, from the delegate of Myanmar. This delegate puts forward the idea of taking more drastic measures such as providing the people with protective clothing against mosquito bites, a main source for the spreading of the virus.
The delegate of Myanmar, currently taking points of information.
“Lets face it, Alex owns this place.”
“Does Alex have a Snapchat or Instagram?”
“To the delegate of Chad, what are thooose?”
“Alex from admin staff, is your notebook of contacts full yet?”
“He makes my knees weak. I’m talking about you, India.”
“I think Chad is making a race for it, I mean, just look at his shoes.”
One of the speakers subjecting to this resolution is the delegate of Lebanon, who expresses that giving lessons to the farmers of Somalia for more efficient farming methods will not necessarily improve farming, since the people don’t have the necessary funding, equipment or fertilisers to apply these methods.
11:30 am We’re glad to have with us today Mr Takis Hadjigeorgiou, to give us an insight of his views on Humanitarian issues at times when “the whole planet is coming to a new stage of complexity”.
“We need to find our sense of belonging.”
Concerned by what is happening to Syria in the last five years, with millions of people being slaughtered, with over 5 millions of people being forced to leave their homeland with most of them drowning in the Mediterranean sea, “Half of those who survived lost their ability to communicate, they preferred to stay alongside the corpses of their loved ones”.
“Is there anyone who can say with certainty that the fish we consume have not been fed with human meat?”
Referring to the Cyprus problem, he emphasizes the need to understand and differentiate the meanings of “Globalization” and “Universality”, as they are fundamental human characteristics towards a better future.
Expanding on what has been happening in Palestine over the past 60 years, states his surprise to the overwhelming number of people found in sorrow under the occupation.
“We’re all humans and aspiring to survive, this s the glue that binds us all together”
Alarmed by the food shortages and drought in Somalia, he expresses his concern on the MONSANTO company becoming a toxicity to the face of today’s globalization, implanting non-viable seeds and urging artificial demand.
“Globalization is fraud with political correctness.”
On a planet where millions of people steal millions of euros, we’re being used. “NSA is the real Big Brother watching us day and night. They know everything.” We need to decide whether to “Work for them, or stand against them.” It is difficult to resist to the good salary, but it is even more difficult to become a whistle-blower. And many are imprisoned for speaking the truth.
“Whenever we’re presented with the choice to decide, let’s do it correctly. We have to continue the legacy of universality, fairness, solidarity and compassion towards one another and the environment.”
“Act locally, while thinking globally.”
“There is hope to change the future, and that hope is you.”
12:50 pm The delegate of Saudi Arabia presents her argument on the humanitarian crisis that has arisen due to the long-term food shortages and drought in Somalia. She touches upon the horrid conditions in the overcrowded safety camps and the lack of cooperation and response from other member states in the sense that very little money has been collected for this purpose. To tackle this problem, the delegate proposes the creation of more refugee settlements and the possible provision of clean food and water to the people.
Revelations from the confession box:
To Alex, the admin staff: “Are you made from copper and tellurium? Because you’re hella CuTe.”
A true meme-lover, the delegate of Serbia: “Cash me outside how bouh dah.“
I think we can safely say that Alex, the admin staff, has dethroned ‘Alex from Target’ on his level of cuteness. (more pop culture references for you)
11:40 am GA3 is visited by a guest speaker, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, who begins delivering his passionate speech. The whole room is listening intently as they are absorbing the words of Mr. Hadjigeorgiou, about various topics, starting from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, decades ago, and moving onto more pressing issues such as globalisation and the separation of Europe into the so called ‘East and the West’. Thank you for sharing with us your inspiring, humanitarian words, Mr. Hadjigeorgiou.
“We are all humans and that is the glue that holds us together.”
11:00 am After the delegate of the UK’s resolution was not passed before the short break, the chairs have decided to carry out the voting procedure again, perhaps hoping that the delegates will change their decisions, now that they have been fuelled with snacks. The votes are collected and the resolution, this time passes. Clapping is in order, and once again we see how much of a difference a cup of coffee and a chocolate cake can make.
10:15 am The delegate of Cuba takes the stage, following the delegate of the UK, to establish her own resolution, which draws attention to the fatalities that can be caused due to the virus. This encourages the other delegates to vote for the resolution. However, there seems to be quite a number of delegates against the points that are being made.
10:00 am Prevention methods of the Zika virus suggested by the delegate of the UK, vary from emphasising the importance of education people through workshops and lectures to developing new vaccines by using public funding. The delegate also believes that specific examinations should be carried out on people when travelling as well as on trade products. To conclude, the delegate states that this can only be successful if countries collaborate with each other, and help the less economically developed countries to alleviate the spread of this contagious pathogenic infection.
9:35 am The delegate of Iran opens the debate, expressing a strong believing that research is essential for the elevation of such dangerous disease. An increase in awareness of such virus through education, campaigns and speeches, will have profound effects in creating awareness and reducing the number of deaths.
The clauses are supported by the delegates of Mali and Venezuela who add that psychological assistance should also be initiated.
9:45 am The delegate of Cuba takes the opposition stand first, followed by the delegate of Finland, who express their concern stating that these clauses are not sufficient, urging the UN to focus on subsidising more productive ventures.
10:15 am With an overwhelming majority the resolution does not pass. “Clapping is not in order.”
9:30 am GA3 has risen up and is ready to shine. The debate begins with the resolution on the strategies to combat the Zika virus, presented by the delegate of Iran. The delegate highlights the importance of extensive research of this virus and is supported by the whole room it seems.
4.30 pm The delegate of Libya is the first to go on stage, delivering her speech that supports the maintenance of safety of the journalists in the Middle East. The primary ideas presented are providing journalists with security equipment and training, while also dealing with the impunity of the states towards journalist crimes. Inevitably, the idea of calling for the cooperation of all member states is highlighted. The delegate awaits for the reactions of the room with excitement with a slight hint of tension. Being the first speaker takes courage!
9:20 am The day begins with each delegate actively engaged in lobbying and merging, trying to form alliances and merge resolutions with other delegates. The delegates form groups and discussions are in full swing as they try to get to know each other. While some discussions are on the topic to be debated, some others are on the construction of Trump’s great wall.