The first day of SALMUN has come and gone, and we are already nostalgic! It took longer in some caucuses than others for all to immerse themselves into the debate, particularly within the European Caucus, where delegates know: “Who is alive, always shows up”... even if a tad bit late. Once debate ignited, delegates became unstoppable. Even with the technical difficulties that permeated the day, our chairs, delegates, and secretaries continued with their tasks, handling the mishaps with admirable efficiency.
Perhaps the highlight of day one was Ricardo and Amanda as the new White House power couple: Donald and Melania Trump. With pearls such as “I’m not racist, I have a black friend” and “I don’t speak taco bell”, the delegates of the “Caucus de las Americas” were "riendo mucho". There were several other moments of brilliance in the caucus. As the delegates tackled topics A and B, Stabilizing Venezuela and Eradicating Drug Cartels in the Americas, underage laws along with governmental reforms were swiftly addressed and resolutions successfully passed.
In the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, we were not at all surprised to find Scoop writer and editor Ryan Strong and his partner, Brenda Sampaio, debating with outstanding passion and eloquence. The trial was scorching as the prosecutors questioned Jean Paul (Eva Salustino) and a victim of rape (Beatriz Barros). Amidst these atrocities, the proceedings had moments of levity and humor, including a motion to remove one of the judges from his role!
Meanwhile, the Middle Eastern delegates seem to have retained the messages we heard at the opening ceremony, having made some efficient proposition regarding the oil crisis. The delegates of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia created a thorough proposal for the alleviation of fuel dependence from the Middle East, featuring an amendment by Syria addressing the security of its nation’s and Turkey’s border. Much to our fright, along with the aforementioned clauses, an amendment passed allowing nations to continue their nuclear development, making us glad that this is only a Model UN. We were astounded by the level of debate we found not only in the Middle Eastern, but in every single caucus.
The Student Scoop looks forward to covering the rest of the conference and keeping you updated on the comic and genius moments- we heard a rumor that we might be doing a mannequin challenge at the GA! Write on the Scoop board, comment below, or send us an email at email@example.com to let us know what you think have been the highlights so far!
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