Debating begins again after the break!

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.

Further debating upon the humanitarian crisis

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.”

GA4: Afghanistan against Spain

1412:13 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.

Second clause does not pass!

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.

Ukraine attacks Israel.

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?7

GA1- Debating Begins

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!

 

GA3 Confessions

“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.”

GA4: The first debate continues!

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.

MEDIMUN 2017 Opening Ceremony

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

Debating begins

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.

Plenary Session- The 2nd debate begins..

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.

 

GA3 Superlatives

Best Speaker: Delegate of Egypt, Delegate of Ethiopia

Most likely to be a politician: Delegate of Australia, Delegate of Thailand

Most likely to go to prison: Delegate of Poland, Delegate of Australia

Fashion icon: Delegate of Nigeria, Rafaella (the Chair)

Funniest: Delegate of Poland, Delegate of Thailand

Most likely to be a dictator: Delegates of Australia and Thailand, Delegates of Chad and Iran

Sexiest: Delegate of Nigeria, Delegate of Spain

 

Special Event – Security Council – War will not take place!


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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.

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The reactions of world leaders to the outcome of the voting. Pictured are PM Cameron doing a high-five with Ms Merkel.

 

GA4 – Issue of the Senkaku Islands

9:00 a.m:  The discussion of the question on how to reduce tension over the disputed Senkaku islands means that the day is off to a heated start. The resolution is passionately read and the debate starts as delegates argue for and against. The issue of whether the UN could send troops to ease tensions and whether this would be a realistic proposal is a point that sparks a lot of discussion. Amendments are discussed, and voting takes place twice, that successfully amends the resolution. The voting procedure takes place but the resolution does not seem to please the majority of the delegates, as the consensus is that the resolution should not pass.

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