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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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!

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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Finally a resolution is formed… sort of

12.13 p.m: After many clauses submitted, one which was submitted by the delegate of Poland and was an amendment of a previous clause has finally passed unanimously. A  sigh of relief was heard from almost all delegates and the sound of applause filled the room. There are only a few clauses left and up until now only one clause has passed however the delegates still seem hopeful.

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A great wall with a big fat door?

10:59 a.m: The clause submitted by the delegate of China urges the construction of a “a great wall and a big fat wall”. The delegates all break into laughter and the delegate of Bolivia even suggests also spreading a deadly disease like cholera to the people of North Korea and also sending soldiers to solve the problem of disobedience. Surprisingly, the majority voted for the clause, however due to the delegate of the Russian Federation vetoing the clause it has not passed and the security council has yet to pass a clause.

Fourth time’s still not the charm!

10.24 a.m: After three failed clauses, the fourth clause submitted by the USA does not pass with 6 votes against. Through the clause the delegate urged that great powers must combine to find a solution and improve diplomatic discussions, however it was deemed hypocritical and unfair by the delegates of the Russian Federation and the Ivory Coast. Let’s hope that the next clause, which will be submitted by Poland, will hopefully be successful in order to find a permanent solution for the question of the DPRK.

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Diving into the Debates

9.40 a.m: The delegate of the Russian Federation leads the first debate of the day concerning the question of the DPRK. The delegate insists that the DPRK should be respected more, so as to give an incentive to the DPRK to disarm. However, this clause causes some dissension amongst the security council, as the delegate of Kuwait questions “how can the nations show respect to north Korea when there is a lack of respect for basic human rights in North Korea?” However, after a lengthy discussion the clause did not pass due to a very small majority.

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Confessions

“watching everyones faces when the delegate of Poland spoke. everyone was like oh ok i agree with him now”

“I had a crush on the delegate of Kazakhstan”

“why does the delegate of uk have a Louis Vuitton case?” – to which he replied “umm because my family can afford it”

“the delegate of china and the guy next to him are so sweet.”

“The delegate of Kuwait is adorable”

“where can we smoke?”

“why do i get the feeling that the world could end and the delegate of the uk wouldn’t give a [fudge] while scrolling on his phone in the Louis Vuitton case”

…were some of the examples of confessions presented in Security Council.

 

Delegate of Peru gets the giggles

16.06 p.m: The delegate of Peru submitted a clause which insists that measures must be taken to improve the border security in countries within East Africa. While insisting that this clause is not a repetition of a different clause, the delegate of Peru breaks into an infectious laughter which spreads throughout several other delegates and within a few seconds the security council breaks into hysterics. However, an overwhelming majority voted against the clause and it ended up not passing. The debates regarding topic one have come to an end, leaving the funniest clause for the end. Best of luck to the delegates for the rest of the topics!

A round of applause is in order for the Security council

15.13 p.m: Another clause submitted by the delegate of Bolivia has successfully been passed in which the delegate of Poland delivered a powerful statement, claiming that “[they] do not believe violence is a solution to religious conflicts”. The vote was almost unanimous and the delegates were very pleased with Bolivia’s motion to create a UN funded newspaper to eliminate the threat of Al-Shabaab in east Africa by spreading world-wide education, with the use of which, prejudice will hopefully be diminished and peace can be achieved. The passing of the clause was accompanied with a round of applause.

Majority votes against the Ivory Coast’s resolution

13.15 p.m: There are constant points of information within the debate concerning corruption within the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISON) mostly by the delegate of China and Kazakhstan. However, the delegate of Sweden sides with the delegate of the  Ivory Coast who maintain their position that for the time being the clauses which they have aforementioned are the only effective and plausible options right now. However China, a  permanent member vetoed the clause along with the majority of the rest of the security council thus the resolution submitted by the delegate of the Ivory Coast has not passed.

The adventure continues…

12.55 p.m: Having received a variety of inspiring speeches the delegates are as motivated as ever to present their resolutions. However due to some technical difficulties the debates are being delayed, but this doesn’t affect the delegates’ spirits as they can be seen enthusiastically trading exciting anecdotes while others are passionately and hastily working on their resolutions. Best of luck to all!

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Security Council: The alliances are strengthening

10.38 a.m: Alliances have already been created and somewhere beneath the meshed clamor of voices the delegate of Peru can be heard voicing her opinions on the question of Al-Shabaab. She claims that if all types of religion are taught and not just that of Islam then the threat of Al-Shabaab or any extremist Islamist terrorist group would not be that great since people would be more accepting of all religions. Discussions are still taking place between the              alliances which have meshed into two groups now instead of the previous three. It seems that for the moment               delegates are preferring to negotiate with each other to find a solution within the country which faces a                           constant threat as opposed to immediately turning to the use of military force. IMG_4111

Final Clause Discussed In The Security Council

Now, a clause proposed by the USA urging the Security Council to combat unsustainable deforestation in Haiti passes after some lengthy discussion and many Points of Information. This year’s Security Council has come to an end. It has been an amazing experience for everyone involved, and will definitely remain unforgettable  to all the delegates and chairs.

I doubt anyone involved in the Security Council will forget how Japan suggested “Humanitarian Military Intervention” to deal with the DPRK, or how China’s Delegate got his way (most of the time anyway).

The delegates are slowly leaving the conference room, with many more friends, experiences and happy moments (and maybe one or two more enemies) than what they had when they first walked through those doors three days ago. This year’s Security Council has been without a doubt a tremendous success, and on behalf of everyone I would like to thank the Chairs for making this experience unique for everyone.

 

Japan Denied Security… In The Security Council

A clause submitted by Japan is currently being discussed in the Security Council – the clause requests the placement of the Iron Dome defence system along the Korean Demilitarized Zone and west coast of Japan in order to eliminate the threat of a nuclear or aerial attack in the DPRK.

The clause is immediately opposed by the delegate of China, who says:

“We are suspicious of Japan’s clause. North Korea feels threatened and provoked by the actions of neighboring countries. North Korea’s nuclear programme is their only mean of negotiation.” – China

The delegate of Sweden, Russia and the UK, state that this clause, if passed, would be a provocative gesture and could start a nuclear war. The delegate of Ukraine believes that this clause contradicts the purpose of the previous clause which refers to easing sanctions on the DPRK, and states that the borders with Korea are one of the most militarized zones. Another argument is that the Security Council is in place to protect the international community, and not just a select few – it seems that a few delegates are in denial that Japan is a part of the international community.

In retaliation to all the opposition, the delegate of the USA says in a short speech:

“We are dealing with an uncertain North Korea… A North Korea with an irrational leader and a North Korea with weapons of mass destruction. We cannot take our international security for granted. The placing of iron domes will ensure the security of these countries.”

With three of the five permanent members denouncing the clause and only one vocally supporting it, a P5 Caucus is held, where they collectively decided to abstain.

During voting, four delegates vote for, two delegates vote against and the rest abstain. China, who has already planned ahead, puts forth a motion to divide the house, meaning that all delegates have to vote either for or against. This lead to the delegates of China, France and the UK VETO-ing the clause and thus the clause does not pass. This is the third time the permanent five members in this year’s annual session — in comparison, the actual P5 have only exercised their VETO powers on 23 occasions from the beginning of the 21st century.

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Security Council: Last day of the conference

9:15 am The last day of the conference begins for the Security Council with a debate concerning the question of the DPRK. The submitter of the clause, the delegate of USA, defends his clause, which suggests that humanitarian organisations set up humanitarian mission to improve the quality of life of the people of the DPRK, and accepts points of information from the delegates of China, Egypt and Russia.

The delegate of Ukraine submits an amendment, and after delivering a speech supporting it, the house unanimously votes that the amendment passes. As open debate continues, the delegate of the UK states her support for the clause, accepting China’s point of information.

Another amendment has been submitted by the delegate of Russia, followed by two points of information from the delegates of UK and Sweden. Since there are no speeches against this amendment, the delegates proceed to voting, in which this amendment passes. The clause also passes, after the majority of the votes being for the clause.

 

Security Council: Confessions!

Notable confessions from the Security Council Confession Box:

“Does anyone have a map? Because I think I got lost in Kazakhstan’s eyes.”

“I still use Internet Explorer.”

“How do you call a snake that is exactly 3.14 metres in length? A pi-thon.”

“Sometimes I paint myself orange and pretend that I’m a carrot” at which Kazakhstan replied with “THAT PERSON IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL.”

Security Council – Superlatives

Best Dressed: China

Shipped Couple: USA-Italy

Most likely to be a dictator: Japan

Most annoying: Senegal

 

Most likely to go to jail: Senegal and Italy

Best bromance: Senegal-Italy

                                                

Most sassy: Ukraine

Most sexy: France

 

Funniest delegate: China and Italy

 

Best smile: Kazakhstan

 

Funniest laugh: USA and China

 

Heart breaker: Russia

 

Security Council Breaks Record – Only 3 Minutes To Pass A Clause

5:31 pm In an unprecedented act, the Security Council has passed a clause in little more than 3 minutes. The clause, submitted by China, concerns the situation in Haiti and encourages the formation of a UN funded budget called ‘Haiti’s Welfare Security Budget’ with a main aim to reduce poverty and improve human and economic development in a country still suffering from an earthquake that occurred in 2012.

After reading the clause and conducting his opening speech, the delegate of China is only faced with one Point of Information from the delegate of Russia, who states that they fully supported the clause. No other Points of Information are offered, which is perhaps the least resistance seen over the past 2 days.

This lack of resistance could very well be the result of effective strategy and good planning during the lobbying and merging session yesterday (in which all delegates were actively participating), and this can stand as another piece of evidence of this years Security Council’s efficiency in getting things done.

It is likely that this year’s Security Council has set a record for the fastest clause ever passed in the 12 years of MEDIMUN, and with a few more clauses to go, one wonders if they can keep the pace up until the very end.

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‘Take a step back to expect one from the other side’

3:40 pm The delegate of China delivers a speech supporting his clause which suggests that the Security Council ease sanctions targeting DPRK and encourage negotiations according nuclear weapons. The delegate then accepts points of information from various delegates – such as Japan, Italy and France – and yields the floor to the delegate of Russia.

The delegate of Japan then delivers a speech against the clause, urging opposition on behalf of the delegates to protect Japan and South Korea. The delegate of UK delivers a speech supporting the clause and congratulating the delegate of China on his suggestions. Following the points of information from Egypt and Ukraine, the floor is yielded to the delegate of USA who also emphasises the importance of a non-hatred relationship with North Korea. The clause passes with a majority of votes.

Back To The Situation In Libya

3:00 pm After a visit by both the Historical Security Council and the Special Event (which included a speech by US President Donald J. Trump), the Security Council returns to debating important, global issues. Currently, the Security Council is discussing the situation in Libya, a country torn by conflict.

More specifically, they are discussing a clause submitted by Sweden, which calls upon the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement initiatives in cooperation with non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations in order to implement peace, prosperity and a civil society.

The aforementioned initiatives include creating workshops and educational programmes to eradicate the widespread notion of extremism and implementing a media campaigns and regional forums to bring the citizens of Libya together.

Though the clause met some resistance from Italy, it passed with 0 votes against – yet another example of how efficient this years UN Security Council is!

“This clause is like a bikini – it covers the important parts but leaves a lot exposed”-Russia

 

Declaration of War! Finally!

2:05 pm Mr Trump has just declared war on North Korea with or without the assistance of the UN.

2:15 pm The Special Event visits the Security Council to convince them to vote for their motions. Trump argues tha North Korea is guilty of mass murder  and genocide, housing illegal criminals such as El Chapo and David Baltimore and creating weapons of mass destruction which means war would be an act of justice. Kim Jong Un argues against the siding with a narcissistic, ruthless, greedy leader who  doesn’t think of the good of his country.

The five permanent members of the Security Council gather together and discuss their decision as a group. The voting procedure takes place with the majority voting against the act of war while the motion is also vetoed by the P5.

North Korea is saved.

The Special Event group gathering in the Security Council

The Special Event group gathering in the Security Council

 

Trump VS Kim Jong Un

Trump VS Kim Jong Un

The major powers of the SC discussing their votes

The P5 of the Security Council discussing their votes

Back to debating

2:10 pm The delegates are back from lunch to continue debating the remaining clauses in order to form the resolutions. The delegate of Ukraine delivers a speech supporting her clause concerning migrant smuggling in Libya, accepting points of information from the delegates of Kazakhstan and UK.

The delegate of USA submits an amendment and answers to points of information from the delegates of Ukraine, UK and Russia. Following USA’s speech for the amendment, the delegate of Ukraine delivers a speech against the amendment which does not pass, with the majority of voters against it.

The second amendment is submitted by the delegate of UK who delivers a speech supporting it, followed by points of information from the delegates of Ukraine and Russia. Due to the overwhelming majority voting for, the amendment passes.

The delegates proceed to the voting procedure, and the clause passes.

An Unexpected Visit From The Past

2:15 pm The door suddenly burst open in the Security Council, and the Historical Security Council stormed in uninvited. Almost instantly, delegates from the Historical Security Council started conversing with delegates from the Security Council, and were quick to find their counterpart. Some of the notable things heard  over their constant chatter includes:

“I hope Cuba isn’t on the Security Council because she’s about to be nuked”

“CHINA YOU BACKSTABBING [censored] (apparently the president of France was assassinated by China in 1962) – Delegate of France

The Historical Security Council then left the same way they came: with no explanation, and leaving us with more questions than answers.