11:10 am Last clauses are debated by the delegates of the USA, UK, Canada and India. The Main submitter USA authorizes military aid and advises to help repel present and future incursions into Indian sovereign territory as delineated by the border agreed by the Security Council and supports training an Indian and multinational force to repel and protect against illegal invasion forces and for the maintenance of a permanent mountain base for special troops skilled in mountain and extreme warfare. This clause however does not pass.
2:40 pm The delegate of Ethiopia is the first one to take the stage after the lunch to deliver her speech on the humanitarian crisis in Somalia. She lays out the impact a long term draught may have in a country, and reposes on the importance of clean water and dry food. She states that a very effective way to do this is raising awareness and educating the public in farming practices while also encouraging those who do have the required money to donate it for charities.
“People are dying, the children are dying, the future generations are dying.”
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.
11:00 am After a short break, the delegates return ready to debate for 10 more minutes the clause concerning the DPRK. The delegate of Ukraine delivers a passionate speech against the clause followed by two points of information by the delegates of Senegal and Japan. After a long debate, the delegates proceed to voting, and due to the majority of the delegates castng their vote against this clause, the first clause concerning the question of the DPRK does not pass. Clapping is not in order.
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?
10:00 am With the distinct smell of coffee in the air, debating on measures to support combat sexual violence in conflict zones commences. The resolution submitted by South Korea is supported by India, however Poland does not agree, as the safety of male victims is not granted. Germany and Saudi Arabia on the other hand seem to be against the resolution as a whole, as it is “completely and utterly vague”…. Things are not looking hopeful here, South Korea!
9:30 am The delegate of the USA, the main submitter and first speaker points out that the USSR has an absolute right to trade conventional arms with Cuba and not place its own nuclear arsenal there. The delegation of India is against this clause.
“The admin staff is cute.”
“Sudan became the delegate of sleep.”
“One of the Chairs is really cute.”
“We’re friends now, when do the benefits kick in.”
“Delegate of France, when you walk a rainbow follows, you’re a little unicorn.”
“Delegate of Venezuela is the hottest delegate in the room.”
“Canada turns me on.”
“Delegate of Chad, ever since the training day I think you look like a vampire, in the best way possible.”
“Serbia is really hot.”
The delegate of Panama takes the stage next, defending the resolution regarding impunity of UN officials submitted by Ethiopia. Due to time constraints, debate against the resolution begins, and the delegate of Libya takes the stage and makes a powerful speech attacking the resolution for being too vague, and poorly worded. The delegate of Ethiopia and Nicaragua make points of information, both of which are immediately countered by the delegate of Libya.
The 12th annual session of MEDIMUN was officially set underway today with a grandiose opening ceremony at the European University of Cyprus. Classical music performed by the brass band of the English School marked the beginning of the ceremony, accompanying the colourful flag parade, symbolic of the diversity of students who have gathered here from all around Cyprus, Greece and Czech Republic.
First spoke Senior Director Mr James Lodge, who elaborated on the importance of conferences such as MEDIMUN in an era with a great focus on what has been named ‘post-truth politics’. He commented on the growing role played by emotions in global politics, referring to recent events such as Brexit and President Trump’s election. “People know how they feel, and don’t care about the facts. […] But we want you to know things – it’s useful to know the facts.”
Following a powerful performance of Viva la Vida by the English School choir, MEDIMUN then had the pleasure of being spoken to by American Ambassador to Cyprus, Ms Kathleen Doherty, who commended the conference on its ability to spark interest in young people about international relations – a platform which is “When I was your age, I didn’t think about the world beyond me. I lived in New York, and thought that was the world.”
With that, Secretary General Zoe Kassinis hit the gavel with evident excitement, giving the signal for delegates to return to their GAs and start the debating process in an attempt to understand just how much it takes to change the world.
4:57 pm After hours of hard work, lobbying and merging has finally come to an end. The two chairs give a presentation on the historical events of the Cuban missile crisis. This gives the delegates the opportunity to debate clauses that could have altered the past. Terminating diplomatic relations with the USSR and Cuba brings segregation between the delegates of France and USSR against the delegates of UK and USA.
4.02 – Order in the house given by the Chairs! After a long day of merging and submitting resolutions time to begin the debates, starting from the Cuban Missile Crisis. Delegates are now reminded once again by the Chairs by the major events of 1962.
The debating is finally about to commence after a quick roll call, with one resolution being debated today – the room is buzzing with energy!
After a short break to refuel on sausage rolls and hot coffee, the delegates return to a speedy roll call and recommence their lobbying.
Russia’s proposition of free trade partnerships has India, China, the UK and South Korea agreeing. Looks like this clause has a very high chance of being included in the treaty!
‘Perhaps the delegate is participating only for the money!’ – Christophoros Triantafyllou, Delegate of Spain
9:43 a.m: The resolution on increasing measures to better protect World Heritage sites and National Monuments from the main submitter, the delegate of Iran in GA3, is called to the podium. The chairs set a time 13 minutes for and 13 mins against the resolution. The delegate opens up to 3 points of information made by South Africa, Pakistan and The Netherlands to which she replies informatively.
9:48 a.m: The floor is yielded to the delegate of Palestine to follow up on the argument for the resolution. She opens up to only 1 point of information made by the delegate of Bangladesh.
9:52 a.m: The delegate of Hungary is called to the floor to present her argument. After having finished she declares that she is not open to any POI’s.
9:55 a.m: The delegate of Poland follows her up on the argument for but due to time constraints only one POI is entertained.
9:57 a.m: The delegate of Lebanon submits an amendment to the resolution and yields the floor back to the chairs.
10:00 a.m: After one speech against, voting procedures for the amendment begin. With 30 votes for and 40 votes against, the amendment does not pass. With 32 votes for, 35 against and 7 abstentions, the resolution as a whole does not pass.
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“Delegates, hissing is not in order” – Aliosha Bielenberg, Chair of GA1
‘Unfortunately, there will be no war with China.’ – Zoe Kassinis, Chair of the Security Council
2:30 p.m: “Let’s create a sphere of peace and harmony,” Ban Ki Moon says in his speech at the Security Council, in order to discourage the possible war between a joined Russia and USA against China.
Mr Putin makes reference to the “multiple accounts of violation of human rights”, saying that this operation is meant to “liberate China”.
Mr Trump says they “intend on doing in China the same as what [they] did in Japan.”
“Should China intervene in Russia and institute a better government? It is our responsibility to preserve peace. China will protect its people,” says Wang Yi, urging voters to think carefully about their decision.
With 9 votes against and 2 votes for, war against China will not take place.
‘The opening of the window is in order’ – Zoe Kassinis, Chair of the Security Council
5:00 p.m: After many amendments and an hour long discussion, clause D has not been passed. G20 will enjoy a 5 minute break!
-Dr Michael Sarris, referring to Dr Kozakou-Marcoullis topic of gender equality
A filling lunch re-energizes the delegates and the GA’s first resolution, from Chile, is submitted to the sound of applause!