Goodbye to the Special Committee!

11.03 a.m: The delegate of Egypt announces the withdrawal of the country from the UN and welcomes any military action. The delegate of Saudi Arabia follows suit, and Egypt announces cooperation with North Korea. The delegate of the USA suggests removing all the clauses suggested by Egypt, but the action is opposed by the Chairs, who find the contributions of the delegate of Egypt important to the debate.

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The delegate of Egypt reinforces his intention to ally with North Korea, and the chaos in the room continues, with Saudi Arabia retracting his stance and choosing to remain in the UN. The Chairs try to calm the room.

Chair Maria Mandritis: We ended on a clause asking for cooperation between nations.

Delegate of the USA: Member nations.

11.29 a.m: The Chairs read out the Committee’s confessions, quickly move through superlatives (Singapoore wins best outfits and France wins Most Likely to become a dictator), and take a last picture together before the Committee officially ends for the year.

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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.

Intellectual Property rights for Pharmaceutical patents and technology

11.22 a.m The opening speech is delivered by delegate of Ukraine points of information were made by Jamaica Pakistan DPRK. Jamaica clause 13  we should eliminate this problem and ergo Ukraine agrees. Pakistan’s point of information was regarding operative clause 12; ”how does the delegate propose to achieve these proposals as this doesn’t have methodology?”.

Her answer was ” this would be best for developing countries”

Time for this resolution has elapsed now speaking against this resolution. Surprisingly there were no delegates against it. And so voting procedure time with 55 votes for 13  against and 18 abstains,  the resolution paIMG_3855sses!

Security council superlatives

  1. Best bromance:  China and Equatorial Guinea
  2. Cutest couple: The Chairs/ Kazakhstan and Russia
  3. Most likely to break your heart: Bolivia
  4. Most likely to end up in prison:UK
  5. Dictator delegate:UK
  6. Best dressed: Kuwait
  7. Funniest: Ivory coast/ Peru
  8. Naughtiest: Peru/China
  9. Most innocent: Netherlands
  10. Sexiest delegate: Sweden
  11. Most likely to become famous: Ivory coast
  12. Most handsome(m):Bolivia
  13. Prettiest(f): Sweden
  14. Best hair: USA
  15. Cutest smile: Sweden
  16. Kindest: Sweden, Ethiopia, Russia
  17. Sleepiest: Bolivia

Security council gets interrupted!

11.09 a.m: During a vital moment in the Security council the Special Committee on Bioethics council burst into the room in order to see if they can kick a permanent member out of the security council. The delegates seemed dissatisfied and confusion was written on all their faces. However, debates are continuing on schedule and the speakers are getting more and more heated as the time passes as all delegate are very invested in the topic of the reform of the security council. In fact, the delegate of Peru even threw a plastic cup on the delegate of the UK’s head during a very heated moment!

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Special Committee: Tensions between France and Egypt rise once more

10.40 a.m: The delegate of Egypt comes up to make a speech for his clause, which calls for the creation of the International Cybernetics and Prosthesis Organisation which would be a branch of the United Nations Development Program. This Organisation would be focusing on the scientific and research aspects of cybernetics and prosthetics, unlike the previously suggested organisation which would focus on the legal side of the issue. The delegate of the USA makes a point of information attacking the clause, calling it vague due to measures to be taken by the proposed organisation like deciding of a stance for countries who do not already have a ‘hard stance’.

10.48 a.m: The delegate of France makes a speech against the clause, enhancing the USA’s point that the clause suggested is vague and irrelevant. Several delegates make points of information, and the tensions in the room rise.

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Delegate of Saudi Arabia: ‘Does the delegate not contradict himself by calling the clause both overly long and vague at the same time?’

Delegate of France: ‘This delegate has already stated that it is the quantity and not the quality that matters.’

Delegate of Russia: ‘You mean the quality and not the quantity.’

 

Delegate of France: ‘Can the delegate make his point in the form of the question?’

Delegate of Egypt: ‘I’m getting there. Wait.’

Chair Maria Mandritis: ‘Whoa!’

 

Chair Maria Mandritis: ‘I was so dead this morning and now I’m so alive!’

The clause passes but is vetoed by France, China and the USA, and France calls for a P 5 caucus, and Chair Andreas Economides returns with news that the P 5 will be consulting the Security Council.

The P5 return after being unable to talk to the Security Council and make an announcement. France states that all the P 5 members will be vetoing the clause, before handing the podium to the delegate of Russia.

Delegate of France: ‘I will leave it to Daniella.’

Delegate of Russia: ‘To me?!’

The P 5 air their grievances with Egypt, but the Chairs stop the debate and move to the last clause, which ironically suggests cooperation between member states. The clause is voted for without a speech, and quickly passes so that Saudi Arabia and Egypt can make an announcement of their own.

Special Committee: Congratulations to our delegates!

10.27 a.m: The delegate of the United Arab Emirates defends her clause calling for the creation of Committee on Legal Affairs for Prosthesis and Cybernetics under the Jurisdiction of the international Court of Justice. The Committee would provide member states with guidelines on the development of prosthesis and cybernesis. The delegate of the Russian Federation suggests an amendment, adding that human augmentation for unethical reasons such as physical enhancements, which the delegate of Egypt supports, making a point of information stating the importance of defining the conditions under which human prosthetics can be used. The amendment passes with an overwhelming majority. The debate pauses for a few minutes, for the delegates of Russia and France to receive ‘Best Delegate’ certificates, and congratulations form their peers. The voting resumes for the clause, which passes unanimously.

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Special Committee: Debate paused for a press conference with Egypt and Russia

9.50 a.m: The delegates of Russia and Egypt make a joint press conference before the USA’s clause, pointing out the excessive spending on the military by the USA, and warning for the possibility of future developments such as super-soldiers. The delegate of the USA takes stage to say that the US is not planning to start World War 3, not with exosuits or supersoldiers as suggested by Russia and Egypt. The delegate of Egypt then asks the US if they are preparing for a future alien attack, to which the US responds that they are aware of alien life and are preparing for possible attacks, but do not intend to start a war. Chair Andreas Economides points out that the USA’s plan to prepare for alien invasion is similar to Hitler’s plan to prepare for World War 2, to which the delegate responds that it is also similar to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, eliciting gasps from the room. The press conference starts getting out of hand, and the Chairs bring the discussion to the delegate of the USA’s clause.

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10.02 a.m: The clause in question – which has incidentally been co-submitted by Russia – calls for the creation of a UN-led body called the Human Enhancement Limiting Organisation, which among other things will be in charge of production of prosthetic limbs. The delegate defends his clause, highlighting the importance of measures such as encryption chips in prosthetics to ensure that the function of the limbs will change according to the users’ age and to protect against hacking. The delegate of Russia points out that such chips will be costly, but the delegate of the USA replies that the MUN Special Committee has unlimited funding.

10.13 a.m: Before time against can begin, a picture of E.T. appears on the board. ‘Oh on’, exclaims Chair Andreas Economides, ‘The USA was right.’ After the laughter that follows, the delegate of Egypt steps up to the podium to point out the aggressive nature of some of the President of the USA’s remarks, and suggest that technology in the hands of the USA could be dangerous. He goes on to question the fairness of giving older people limbs that cannot function better than their own limbs would. The vote begins, and the clause ties, with delegates calling for a motion to divide the house, with 5 votes for, 5 against and 4 abstentions. The clause ties again, and does not pass.

Italy and Germany to become permanent members?

9.54 p.m: The first clause of the day concerning the question of Germany and Italy becoming permanent members of the UN. Shortly after, an amendment was made excluding Italy from the clause but the clause has still not passed due to a slim majority. It seems that the day has gotten off to a slow start. Hopefully the next speaker will be more successful!

Special Committee: Debating operatives

9.30 a.m: With the debate on pre-ambs quickly finished, the delegates move to debating operative clauses. The first clause is Russia’s, endorsing the participation of all member states in competitive events such as the Cybathlon. The delegate of Russia emphasizes the importance of such competitions to give incentives for the member states to improve human mechanics technology. The clause receives unanimous support.

9.34 a.m: Next is a clause by the delegate of France, that requests an increase in funding by the UN of hospitals treating medically impaired patients in developing countries. The delegate makes an emotive speech, highlighting the difficulty that people in developing countries to afford prosthetics, or even trips to and from the hospital.

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The delegate of Switzerland points out that the extra funding would not help countries and areas that do not have the expertise regarding prosthetics, but the delegate of France responds that the extra funding would encourage developing countries to expand their knowledge and equipment. The delegate of Egypt submits an amendment, adding a sub-clause that would allow the hospitals that would receive the funding to conduct their own research.  The delegate of Germany makes a point of information, saying that corruption in some developing countries may affect the usage of funds. to which Egypt replies that although it is a problem, further clauses could deal with it. The amendment passes unanimously, as does the clause, without Chair Maria Mandritis noticing.

Chair Maria Mandritis: ‘Wait we have to pass the amendment.’

Chair Andreas Economides: ‘We did.’

Chair Maria Mandritis: ‘The amendment and the clause?’

Chair Andreas Economides: ‘Yeah.’

Chair Maria Mandritis claps delightedly.

Just a few punishments to start the day in GA4!

9.21 p.m: The beginning of day three in GA4, the delegate of Canada arrived late. He had to start dancing to the rhythms of ‘Wannabe’ alongside the delegate of the USA. In addition he sang the lyrics of ‘Despacito’ in Spanish.

Furthermore,  the chairs get the punishment they deserved from being late yesterday by Michael dancing to rhythm of Dancing Queen and Eliza singing, as they even take their shoes off.

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Special Committee: A dynamic beginning to the day

9.17 a.m: Punishment for the delegate of the USA is to butt spell ‘Russian Federation’ to the tune of the USSR national anthem, to which the delegate of Russia sings along.

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9.18 a.m: The debate of topic 2 resumes with a clause by Germany, which calls for the arrangement of a specialized scientific committee of scientists, medical professionals and other relevant persons that will work alongside the World Health Organisation to monitor genome editing. With no speeches against, voting begins and the clause passes with 13 votes for and 1 amendment.

9.20 a.m: Topic 2 ends and topic 3, human mechanics begins with a press conference with IBC (International Bioethics Committee). The delegate of Egypt, taking on the role of the representative points out the lack of information that the public has regarding the issue, leading to vagueness and hesitation, as well as the dangers of leaving new technology solely in the hands of the military, bringing up the example of the atomic bomb (IBC representative: ‘Thank you America’).

9.26 a.m: The debate begins on a pre-amb by Russia, noting the participation of 25 nations in the world’s first Cybathlon. The pre-amb passes unanimously, and France takes the stage to defend his pre-amb acknowledging the financial burden of prosthetics.

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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Special Committee: War? No war.

17.02 p.m: France makes an announcement, apologizing on behalf of the P 5 for getting away from the point of the debate, and encourages the other members of the committee to stay focused on the matter at hand and not get carried away with personal insults. Following this, Egypt and Saudi Arabia make a joint speech, announcing their intention to declare war on France, due to the insults of the delegate against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and France. The war will begin with an oil and fuel embargo and the retraction of deals for arms with France. The chairs choose not to allow the war, due to time constraints, and the committee sighs in disappointment.

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17.17 p.m: The debate resumes and Russia comes up to defend her clause which is about the setting up of an international forum to enable measures such as discussing prospective medical uses of bio engineering the human genome and the aiding of making decisions on laws related to genetic modification. The delegate of Germany raises the point that the Bioethics Committee is one such forum, and the delegate of Russia responds by saying that the progress made in genome editing is very rapid and the creation of a forum would be efficient. France attacks the clause, but the clause passes with 12 votes for.

17.23 p.m: The clause by Egypt calling for an increase in funding of research universities is supported by Russia, who emphasizes the important of research. The clause passes unanimously, and the Committee ends for the day.

Special Committee: Tensions between France and Russia

16.15 p.m: After a short break, which was spent reading a few of the delegates’ confessions, France comes up to the podium to speak for his clause, which trusts UN member states to spread knowledge of bio engineering through measures such as promoting education and training at all levels. The delegate firsts refuses any points of information, eliciting surprise from the room, before changing his mind and accepting any and all. The delegate of Germany then stands up to support the clause, describing it as a ‘great first step’. The delegate of Egypt disagrees and makes a speech attacking the clause as being too vague to be effective.

Delegate of Egypt: ‘Does it get more vague than this?’

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The clause fails to pass, with 7 votes against, 6 for and 1 abstention.

16.35 p.m: The debate moves to a clause by the USA, which demands the introduction of the Human Genome Altering Act which will limit the use of bio engineering only for certain health conditions, and ensure that experiments on the human genome will not be performed until the technology is proven to be safe and controlled. The delegate of France also makes a speech supporting the clause and yields the floor to the chairs. The delegate of Russia stands up to make a speech against the clause, stating that an upcoming clause submitted by Russia suggests similar but more detailed measures. After a confrontation in which France accuses Russia of ‘violating every human right on Earth’ before rephrasing his point, Russia raises a point of order. France refuses to apologize, stating that the rephrasing makes Russia’s point invalid, and suggests calling the Secretary General to review the situation. The delegate of Russia responds:

‘The delegation of Russia accepts France’s non apology as she is more concerned with saving children from disease’.

The room claps, but is stopped by Chair Maria Mandritis, who says

‘Stop clapping.’

The clause is passed but vetoed by Russia, and a P 5 caucus is called.

17:01 p.m: Russia retracts her veto, and the clause passes with 10 votes for and 4 abstentions.

How hard is defining gender in contemporary age?

4.50 p.m: A new resolution begins. The legal question of defining gender in contemporary age still troubles our GA. The question that troubles the delegate of Saudi Arabia is the one regarding the idea of Canada’s example of the Bill C-16 Law and the implementation of the same or similar policies. How would that be applied in countries where same-gender marriage is illegal? The delegate of Mexico seems perplexed by this… Good luck delegate!

Special Committee: Debating operative clauses

15.25 p.m: The delegate of Japan comes up to support her clause that urges the minimizing pf risks associated with bio engineering through measures such as the use of computer models and human embryos. The clause earns support from Switzerland and Singapore who make points of information pointing out the possible benefits of the clause.

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The clause is amended by Egypt, adding sub sub clauses that mention increased funding for research groups aimed specifically at improving automated procedures in finding errors. The amendment passes with 13 votes for and 1 against, and the clause passes unanimously.

15.36 p.m: The clause by the UK calling upon the work of regulatory authorities to monitor research proposals and centers involved in embryonic stem cells research causes concern for the delegate of Germany, who wonders over the ethical issue of experimenting on embryonic cells. The delegate of Russia makes a point of information supporting the clause and pointing out its possible benefits, such as the increased reliability of results. With no speeches against the clause, voting begins and the clause is passed.

Delegate of USA: We should fail more clauses.

Delegate of Egypt: We’re too nice.

Chair Maria Mandritis: I’m not supposed to say anything but… Do as you will.

Palestine: The perfect resolution?

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.

Italy needs change, Vietnam is doodling!

3.30 p.m: The delegate of Italy believes in a more free environment where change is possible. People should be able to feel whatever they feel with no judgement. It is support of Lebanon urges to remind ourselves why we are here! “What do we stand for? What kind of people are we going to be? Think about that!”  Despite all the drama the delegate of Vietnam seems to be doodling…. Enjoy! IMG_3872

Tough resolution, will it pass?

25 For, 29 against, 11 abstains and the resolution does not pass!

The final debate

3:47 pm: After the break and a brief photo-shoot between the delegates the third and final debate concerning the reform of the security council has begun. The delegate of the Ivory Coast claims its the perfect opportunity to bring about a change in the security council so as to adapt to the modern world since there has been virtually no change for a few decades.

3:52 p.m: The clause passed with a slim majority!

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Special Committee: The debate on preams ends!

15:15 p.m: France’s pre-am showing concern over the use of germline editing is passed despite 2 votes against.

15:17 p.m: Egypt’s pre-am is showing concern over the short-lived nature of CRISPR -Cas9 and the lack of knowledge that entails. The delegate of Switzerland points out that the delegate of Egypt previously voted for a pre-am that outlined the positive aspects of CRISPR technology, and votes against it but the pre-am passes with 13 votes for.

15:21 p.m: The delegated of Australia comes up to defend his pream that recalls that Bioethics is derived  from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The pream does not pass with a majority vote against.

 

Special Committee: Debating Topic 2!

14:54 p.m: The debate begins with Brazil’s clause recognizing that bio engineering the genome was introduced after World War 2. The clause is quickly passed with 12 votes for and 2 against.

14:58 p.m: The pre-am by China defining the process of bio engineering, which is supported by France as being clear, and is passed as well with a unanimous vote for.

15:00 p.m: The USA defends a pre-am that notes that in experiments involving CRISPR techiniques it is necessary to consider off target effects similarly passes.

15:02 p.m: The pre-ams of the UK recalling previous work on bioethics and the protocol prohibiting the cloning of human beings, and of Russia, defining CRISPR pass as well, and so does Japan’s pre-am showing awareness of existing applications of genetic editing and condemning the use of eugenics respectively.

15:12 p.m: Germany’s pre-am condemning the sue of eugenics is amended by France, changing the definition of eugenics to positive eugenics, which specifically refers to use of genome editing for purely physical characteristics. It is then passed with an overwhelming majority.

Special Committee: Press Conference with CRISPR and the ETC

14.35 p.m: Before the debate on topic 2, bioengineering the human genome, begins, the delegates are entertained by Chair Andreas Economides with a series of jokes.

”It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.”

”What does a house wear? A dress.”

”There was an explosion in a cheese factory in France. De Brie everywhere.”

14.42 p.m: To set up the mood for the debate, the delegates of Switzerland and Saudi Arabia briefly become representatives of CRISPR and ETC (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) respectively. The representative of CRISPR gives an overview of the current developments and research by the organisation, while the representative of ETC points out the potentially unethical uses of genome editing and shows clear hesitation in accepting the use of such a technique, stating concerns such as the creation of a superhuman race and the use for cosmetics and eugenics.

“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.

Resolution does not pass! Wondering why…..?

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14.35 p.m: Is the chair getting too close with the delegate of Ukraine? Is he a little biased after multiple paper passing conversations with her?  When the chairs announced that there will be a another attack speech the female chair said Georgia however, the chair insisted that “Ukraine should go” and even stated a clear “no” for the countries. Despite the words of the delegate that the focus should be on educating the people, and not being close minded about cultures and religions, he seems to be focused elsewhere.  Shocker, the resolution does not pass. Was the attack speech by Ukraine that good?