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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you think have been the highlights so far!
The Scoop is pleased to announce that the conference has officially begun! First and foremost, we’d like to thank all the guest delegates for your presence, and wish you a pleasant experience at PASB. Secondly, we’d like to congratulate the leadership team- last night’s opening ceremony set the stage for global improvement. Our Secretary-General, Renata Prata, started the night urging all delegates to focus on dialogue and compromise. There is a worldwide trend of protectionism and nationalist rhetoric, wherein diplomacy is often overlooked as a means to solve problems. We must rise above and lead conversations with mutual respect and willingness to understand; after all, we are the future. We also had the privilege to hear a moving message by Dr. Marcel Lavallée, a man who has acted as a change maker in the institution we are modeling today, and we must heed his advice to recognize this world is the only one we have. Above passing resolutions or winning an award, stand the core values of Model United Nations: learning the skills to become able, global leaders who will, among other achievements, gear our socio-political relations towards sustainability. With many polemic topics this year, from finite resources to nuclear weapons, as we debate, we must also keep Dr. Molacek’s words in mind: “learn apt diplomacy, learn consensus building.” This is an invaluable opportunity for each one of us, and, as MUN alumni report back, we must not take it for granted.
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“Delegates, I have been notified that the South Korean county of Hwacheon has been deeply affected by river contamination. Arsenic, manganese, mercury, and lead have been identified by researchers. The course of the contaminated waters of the Bukhan River is rapidly moving and specialists conclude that if we do not act, major health and environmental consequences will occur . Therefore, I call an Emergency Special Session on Saturday at 7:45 AM at the Odebrecht building at Paralela to discuss this pressing matter [...]”
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