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Model United Nations 2021

Model United Nations konnte trotz Pandemie stattfinden, nicht in Den Haag sondern im Netz.

Zwei Schülerinnen berichten, wie sie die Woche als Delegierte des Staates Sri Lanka erlebt haben.

 

MUN Bericht von Layali Ayyad

Das Jahr 2021 ist wohl alles andere als normal gestartet, darauf kann man sich definitiv einigen. Alle Schulen und Geschäfte geschlossen und sofern möglich überall nur Homeoffice - das Leben stand praktisch still. Doch auch in diesem eher ungewöhnlichen Schuljahr konnten die Verantwortlichen der Model United Nations es Schülerinnen und Schülern aus der ganzen Welt ermöglichen an den Konferenzen teilzunehmen, ausschließlich online über die Videokonferenzplattform Zoom.
Vom 25.01.2021 bis zum 29.01.2021 nahmen 9 Schülerinnen und Schüler des NCGs an der nachgestellten Version der Generalversammlung der Vereinigten Nationen teil, die unter üblichen Umständen alle Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer nach Den Haag geführt hätte.

B5F7704E D732 494C B73D 46E313FA4BB9Das Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium bildete in diesem Jahr die Delegation des kleinen Inselstaats Sri Lanka und konnte diesen in folgenden 5 Komitees erfolgreich vertreten: dem Human Rights Committee, dem Sustainable Development Committee, dem Youth and Health Committee, dem Economic Committee und auch in dem Legal and Finance Committee. In der Woche vor den Konferenzen bekam jeder von uns einen Link, mit dem wir uns in die extra erstellte Conference-Webapp einloggen konnten, mit deren Hilfe wir uns während der Konferenzen mit anderen Abgeordneten austauschen konnten und den Stand unserer erarbeiteten Resolutionen einsehen konnten. Alles in allem ein sehr gut durchdachtes Konzept.

Über diese Webseite haben wir dann auch die Login-Informationen für die jeweiligen Konferenzen bekommen und konnten an den Treffen unserer Komitees teilnehmen.
Am Montag startete die Woche mit einer Konferenz mit der jeweiligen Kommission, in der die Vorsitzenden, auch „Chairs“ genannt, uns willkommen hießen und den weiteren Ablauf erklärten. Schon bald darauf ging es los mit dem eigentlichen Ziel der Versammlung: Lösungen für Probleme finden, die entweder die UN direkt oder viele der Mitgliedstaaten betreffen. Da ich in der „Legal und Finance“-Kommission war, hieß das soviel wie sich mit Themen wie den Staatsschulden wegen der Pandemie zu beschäftigen und so gut wie möglich mit anderen Delegationen zusammenzuarbeiten um Maßnahmen zu beschließen, die die Situation schnellstmöglich verbessern können.

So verging die Woche wie im Flug und auch wenn es eigentlich rund um die Uhr erforderlich war, so formell wie möglich miteinander umzugehen, hatten wir zwischendrin immer mal wieder kurze Phasen, in denen wir uns mit anderen unterhalten konnten, ohne dass man sich ausschließlich als Vertreter einer Nation gesehen hat. Für mich war es das erste MUN-Erlebnis und obwohl wir nicht die Möglichkeit hatten eine gesamte Woche in den Niederlanden zu verbringen, war es sehr interessant und ich hatte definitiv viel Spaß dabei, in die Rolle der Abgeordneten zu schlüpfen. Schade war nur, dass wir nicht die Möglichkeit hatten die anderen Teilnehmer/-innen persönlich zu treffen und mit ihnen Zeit zu verbringen. Aber auch so bestand, wie erwähnt, erstaunlich gut die Möglichkeit sich kennenzulernen und da es heute auch nicht weiter schwer ist über verschiedene Kanäle Kontakt aufzubauen oder zu halten, war das nicht weiter schlimm.

Von meiner Seite aus gibt es nur ein riesengroßes Lob an alle Beteiligten dafür, dass wir trotz der stark erschwerten Umstände eine wundervolle Woche voller neuen Erfahrungen und interessanten Menschen hatten. Alle - Teilnehmer, Vorsitzende, Direktoren und natürlich die Verantwortlichen des Projekts - haben die ganze Zeit über ihr Bestes gegeben und uns allen so eine rundum gelungene 53. und erstmalige Online-Version der The Hague International Model United Nations beschert.

My experience at THIMUN - written by Hien Anh Hoang

“Dear Honorable Chairs and fellow Delegates” this is what I always have to say when I give the house my policy statements or my speeches to my resolution and amendment. “This delegate would like to yield the floor back to the chair” is what every delegate has to say when the chair requires the floor. However, this was not really the case since I did not have the opportunity to give a speech for my resolution. The Model United Nation (MUN) is an organisation from the United Nation (UN) which can be found in the Netherlands, this year it was in the Hague. It can also be found in Rome, Italy and New York, the USA as well. Here students from all around the world represent a country they occupy with and step in the conference room as a delegate. This organisation is suitable for students from the age of 15 to 18, so from 9th grade to 12th grade.

IMG 3217I am now 17 and I am in the 11th grade. This is my first year attending this meeting, which normally should be at the Hague, but due to Covid-19 we cannot attend live. However, the MUN organisation does not stop there, they created an online conference so that all students can participate. After 5 days at THIMUN I have learned and collected some useful experience, not only academic knowledge but also daily experience. But let me give you a quick overview of what MUN is all about.

As I have mentioned before; MUN is from the UN. You are not only a student but a delegate and a diplomat who attends a meeting at the Hague and seeks for improvements for developing countries, developed countries and less developed economic countries (LEDC). There were 6 committees in total, that students can choose from. Each committee is only allowed to have 2 students from each school and not more than that. Under each committee there were three topics that will be debated on and to each of these topics, there are three more subtopics. Why, you might ask, I’ll explain to you later as I move on. In the Hague you will arrive with your school- this is what I have been told from students who participate in this in 2019- in a hotel and stay there for a school week. Other school exercises shall be done when you come back home, which does not mean you can take a rest from the stress at school but being more stressed at MUN. This stress is not a negative stress, it is rather something positive and something I have experienced for the first time. To be honest here, I am kinda jealous that they can see other delegates in person which I could not and which I really want to if I can participate next year. However, this online meeting was very funny and full of excitement.

Back to the committees, I was in Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) with another student from the upper class of mine. This was also her first year attending this meeting. Nevertheless, we enjoyed this conference even though we could not do it in real life and rather sit at the desk and just glue your eyes at the screen for five hours straight. My school represented Sri Lanka under different committees such as economic (EC), human rights (HRC), youth & health (YHC), SDC as mentioned above and more. We were 10 students in total and compare to other schools, they had more than 12 students, which is a suitable number for the committees, and could represent two countries at the same time.

In order to debate on a certain issue, you are required to write resolutions with the question of your committee, e.g. “Measures to digital tools in health and education” (SDC) or “Measures to eradicate domestic violence [femicide]”, which you should prepare very well. You always have to keep in mind that while writing a resolution, which might get a chance to be debated on, there will be other delegates who will take out the tiniest detail of your resolution and ask the trickiest question of all time. And as the main submitter you always have to find a good reason to elaborate on the clauses in order to convince other delegates. With good luck, your resolution might pass with a lot of amendments from other delegates. Some can improve your resolution, or some might even speak against the whole and the resolution might fail as a whole. You have 4 days to debate on and lobbying for the resolutions. To each topic you will debate the three subtopics, but only one resolution of each subtopic will be debated. If you want your resolution to be debated on, make sure that you are the main submitter, and the resolution shall contain good and entertaining content. The chairs will choose other approved resolutions as well, so make sure to work hard on this one.

Sitting at the conference, you are expected to wear formal clothes. I was just aiming for a top and keep my pyjamas pants as the bottom, however I did not feel completed, so I decided to change the whole outfit. Even my parents’ friends, who are also my neighbours, were shocked because they did not know why I wore this outfit when I am just 17. But it is also an experience to see how you should dress up like when you work for the government.

Speaking of government, you are also to be expected to use the government languages. Imagine that you would be Caesar and talk in third person. Which means there is no “I want to ask” but “This delegate would like to question…” and so on. Mentioning your name is something that they do not want to hear, but if you are stuck in choosing words you can say “Hien question delegate of...on clause…”. It was hard for me the first time to talk in third person but somehow, I managed to get used to this governmental language. There are more sentences you should know before stepping in the conference, but the most important thing was, keep your professional vibe in the room and make sure that you use the right words, before starting a fight in the whole room.

I don’t want to go into the details of the organisation since you can read this online, which contains well information. However, I would like to share my experience at the MUN, not in person but online.

Sitting at the desk really hurts my back sometimes, even though we had some small breaks or bigger breaks so we can get to know each other. But here I realise two different sides of the people, one through the video call and another one through social media, even though they are all the same person. I cannot not believe this, but through the screen I stared at, they were very polite and calm. We had such a good conversation with each other, learning more about one and another. And then the Whatsapp group, discord, snap chat and other social media platforms, where all of them go wild with the messages. Not only my phone was overloaded but my desktop as well. I at first want to quit all of the groups due to the spam but something odd just holds me back from that. Seeing that most of them are so funny, so entertaining and so lovely as if we know each other for years, makes me stay in those group chats. I am not an open person in the public and I am very introverted; this is the first time where I have opened up myself to new people, which is a huge win-win for me but also weird.

However, we became closer and closer to each other every day. Just if we all had the chance to meet in person, we could have been closer than before.
Besides the delegates, I had the best chairs ever. They were funny, amazing and, what can I say more to that, they were heart-warming and guided us from the beginning to the end. I had three chairs and little did I know, they were all younger than the age I had in my mind. I’m just saying, they are not older than 25 nor 30. Other chairs from other committees were even younger than the delegates which confuses me a lot. My main chair, Avery, is the best woman I have met in this conference, when she was in the 6th grade she sneaked into the conference and got kicked out; from there on she knows that this is what she wants to do. Unfortunately, this is her last year and she can no longer attend this. The expert chair and the second chair was this stereotype man that every girl was looking for with the name Romeo. Reading through the chat from the delegates makes me burst in laughter. I have never seen the craving for him from them that much. He could speak Spanish, French, English and Netherlands fluently and more languages with enough knowledge to communicate. I have to agree with other delegates that he was good looking. And the last chair, who sadly does not attend much with us, but worked very hard on the documents was the 1st chair. We did not hear much from her but I can say that she is also a quiet person as I am.

The last day of the conference was very sad to be honest. I of course did not enjoy the stress between school and MUN at the same time, but I did enjoy my role and time as a delegate. I have the opportunity, at least a try, to open up myself with all these people. Normally we would send our amendments for the resolution, however we could add some funny amendments such as, suggested by delegate of Thailand, dinosaurs and black cats living in the same world or so. There were also amendments for the voting who is the best speaker, best delegate and more. The votes were obvious. The best delegate was Australia; this was an angry victory and clapping since they have been recognised quite a lot and send many amendments with long speeches that make everyone go wild. The cutest delegate who can be the journalist was the delegate of Benin. Delegate with the best accent was Malta, damn his British accent was very clear to hear and we all enjoyed listening to him when he speaks. And of course, the best speaker in the house with 4 options: Romeo, chair 2, bf of Juliette, expert chair. Who can it be may I ask.

We were all sad to leave the conference, and I might have one of the most depressing weekends ever. But luckily the chairs opened up a conference for us again, to talk to them once more and be together until 9 pm on 29th January 2021. We talked about our future, politics, and even talking about Trump and how the politics will change in the USA. This last meeting with all the chairs was amazing. I could see some of the delegates again, some could not join due to the time zones, however we had a good time together.

After these 5 days, sitting at my desk and gluing my eyes at the desktop, I have seen something that I haven't seen before. First, I would never have thought that you have to use your brain that much for the whole meeting, and the concentration must be very high so that you can collect some arguments for the debates. Beside that it also shows me what issue each country has, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a LEDC, developing country or developed and industrialised country. All are the same, because we all are facing some certain issue which must be solved. You might think that the USA is such a great country that doesn’t need to take care of, well that is unfortunately wrong. Not everyone has a roof over their head, or not everyone is being treated the same way- as we all experienced in 2020. I was the delegate of Sri Lanka and when we discussed about the economy and the small- scale enterprises (SSEs) we have found some interesting solutions, however these cannot be done in those countries. e.g., if a SSEs pay taxes on time, they will receive bonus, which is some extra money for education, or license. But may I ask: “Where do we get that money from? Where- just from the capital Colombo itself- has over 70,000 inhabitants living in slums. And the living condition is worse than you can imagine. We of course have found other solutions which are more suitable for the LEDCs. Nevertheless, you should keep in mind that money does not grow from trees and money and bonuses are not the only solution for this crisis, there are more ways to support the LEDCs by collecting charities from funding organisations or volunteers.
This debate is sure very long and stressful; however, I really enjoy the debate to see what the younger generation thinks about the world and what kind of solutions come up to their mind. It is very interesting how other people react to that, and how I react to those naive and utopian ideas. It shows me that there are many and many and maybe endless issues that we are facing. The only way to overcome these issues, such as the Covid-19 crisis right now, is working together.

If I would have the chance to attend this conference, I would love to; if I could see other delegates, I am happy to. It is at the first time which is very hard for me to open up to other people via social media or digital devices. I prefer to talk in person, but my shyness and my introverted mind always step one step ahead when it comes to meeting new people.

Next year, where we might meet in person, I will open up myself more and really put all my hard work into the resolutions I write. Being in the SDC was such a memorable time and I will never forget this. I might join MUN next year and I am ready to write more resolutions, to debate on more resolutions and I am willing to defend the resolutions I work on. I Hope that Covid will be over soon.

   

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