16.02 p.m: After various resolutions being rejected in previous trials, Palestine has made an excellent speech, providing effective solutions and great points, following an amusing ,but again, strong speech by the delegate of Pakistan. Everyone stood out to make a speech for the resolution, and no one wanted to make a speech against it. The resolution passed, and accompanied by what was probably the loudest clapping in the history of MEDIMUN.
13.40 p.m: With such speeches by the submitting countries , it was expected that few delegates would point out against it. Sri Lanka, approaching the podium, started strongly pointing not a few, but quite a lot of loopholes in the resolutions of the submitting countries. Russia then asks for a point of information, adding further flaws to the resolution of the submitting countries. New alliances form in GA3! Beware!
12.41 p.m: With increased globalization these days, how can we preserve endangered languages in order for them to not become extinct? Given current trends, linguist experts estimate that within a few generations, more than 50 percent of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today may disappear. The consequences of this would be tragic, as this leads to a cultural heritage and linguistic diversity loss. Let’s see how Cuba’s speech will create an impact.
11.00 a.m: We have a guest speaker here in GA3! Ms Andria Neocleous, who has studied sociology at the University of the Aegean in Mitilini, with a master degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Surrey in England, is the ideal person to inform us here in GA3, about the issue of the child sexual exploitation, as well as the ways that this can be tackled and informing us about the severeness of the issue, Thank you for your time and all your efforts, Ms Neocleous.
10.41 a.m: The first resolution on how to tackle child sexual exploitation of the day has been passed, and China and Belgium couldn’t have been happier. Smiles filled the room as most people voted for the resolution, with a ratio of 2:1. Things are getting interesting in GA3!
9.50 a.m: In its speech, Slovakia indirectly calls Pakistan ignorant to the fact that in Pakistan, child sexual exploitation is a frequent phenomenon. Point of order is then made by Pakistan, and the battle of the two nations begins, leaving every delegate in the room frozen in a moment of tension. The battle of the two nations begins…
9.50 a.m: After a persuasive and passionate speech by the delegate of Belgium, China continuously compliments Belgium about its hard and great efforts. Then the delegate of Belgium is flattered with a huge smile, thanking the delegate of China for their agreement and the effort that delegate has put into this resolution. Looks like Belgium and China could make a good team
17.30 p.m: Looks like it is a Norway vs Cambodia situation!
After the resolution of Norway was read by the delegate, and following her powerful speech, the delegate of Cambodia confidently approaches the podium, ready for any and all points of information, and being the first delegate to create a powerful debate with tension and arguments. Thank you dear delegate, things are about to get interesting!
As the chairs were getting the register, a shocking announcement was made… The delegate of Thailand was at KFC.
As the register for the UK delegate followed, the chair asked: “The delegate of UK? I’m guessing… McDonald’s?”
10.10 a.m: The delegates have already divided into teams. The battle for the best resolution is starting. Let it begin. Murmurs and discussions start filling the room. The big issue of preventing child sexual exploitation is a heated topic, making the battle even more difficult. So let it begin.
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.