The second day of MUN is now over. Regional caucuses have worked fiercely to resolve the topics in their continents and are now coming together to discuss the Bukhan Crisis; after all, contemporary socio-economic and political relations extend beyond the boundaries of geography. We remain in awe of the work that has been done so far.
In the Americas, the United States, Canada, and Mexico passed a resolution the majority of Venezuelans would like to see replicated in the United Nations. In an open letter to President Nicolás Maduro, the people are begging to have access to medication, declaring that the nation has become “a prison where mediocrity is promoted, ignorance is extolled, dissidence is punished, and reality is ignored.” The resolution passed the “Caucus de las Americas” called for Maduro’s resignation and new elections. Attempting to resolve this crisis, the northernmost American nations drafted a thorough and competent resolution which passed after an amendment by Canada offering any and all assistance to the distraught nation. It is inspiring to observe this desire to help in our new generation, providing us with hope of a brighter tomorrow.
Simultaneously, one of the many crises of the day began. At 11:10 the break ended and delegates returned to their caucuses. All but one: Igor Kerckhof, the delegate of Taiwan in the Asian Caucus. Allegedly, no one knew where he was, and the chairs appeared to dismiss this as an act of disobedience. Debate continued with the unusual propositions of utilizing nuclear weapons to clear land for minority peoples until Scoop Staff member Susan Cavalcanti stormed into the room. The delegates couldn’t hear what she was telling the chairs, but they knew something was wrong. The next moment a video emerged in the Taiwanese Times of our missing delegate. With no information other than the video, delegates were sent on the mission to rescue the Taiwanese diplomat. Making for one of the most memorable crises in the history of SALMUN, delegates had a remarkable experience attempting to solve the puzzle of who kidnapped the Taiwanese delegate.
In the Historical Security Council, delegates got to the core of religious contradiction. The delegation of Czechoslovakia questioned the resolution proposed by Iran in regards to the Shi'ite Muslim faith; charity is one of the pillars of Islam, yet their propositions violated the Declaration of Human Rights and lacked compassion. It is saddening to note that this disregard for the altruistic commandments of religion extends beyond Model UN, but the recognition of this problem by our rising youth is the first step to overturn it. As Lord Blair, who led Scotland Yard during the July 7 bombings in 2005, has stated: “Doubt in the very nature of faith can surely be a useful companion to a necessary lack of shrill conviction that our own faith is more valuable than that of another.” As is characteristic of MUN, amidst eloquent arguments we also hear comical reasoning and collaboration. The delegates of Iran and Israel proposed a resolution that would grant Iran the full control over the Shatt al-Arab. Needless to say, it did not pass, but it did lighten the mood.
Day two of Salmun was certainly hectic, but the efforts paid off. Better prepared than ever, delegates charge into the General Assembly, and we are sure to have a brilliant solution to the crisis.
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