Saturday 8th of February. The Historical Security Council proceeded on debating with the clause that was submitted by the People’s Republic of China. The next clause is submitted by the delegate of Iraq. This amendment didn’t pass due to an overwhelming votes against. The P5 members approached the board to have a meeting with the chairs. Unfortunately this clause didn’t pass as it was vetoed. The first break started at 11:00 and ended at 11:20. Interestingly enough, the delegates agreed on some clauses which passed with 0 people neither against nor obstaintons. The delegate of China is constantly getting abused by the chaire of HSC and vice versa. The HSC moved into Topic 2: The Question of South Africa which was submitted by the USSR. The delegate of the USSR kept his speech very concise and was open to points of information. The delegate was called out by the delegate of South Africa as he called them out racist regarding the clause. The debate were really tense and in some cases the delegates were getting off the topic. The chairs strongly insisted that their commentary should only refer to the year of 1986. A p5 meeting took place regarding this clause. The amednment from South Africa passed. The last clause passed with 12 for and 7 against votes.
The delegates, still tired from Friday’s conference and after a failed attempt to take a medimun photo, began debating clauses from the very beginning of Saturday’s conference. The first clause debated was submitted by Saudi Arabia and it suggested that member states would facilitate the integration of climate refugees in their host communities in ways such as ensuring they have legal status by offering them citizenship as well as them having representation by requiring for there to be at least one climate refugee in local government. The delegate of the UK then imposed a point of information, saying he was concerned about the clause since it didn’t take into consideration that all countries in the world have problems of their own and by sending refugees there we are ignoring the problems of those countries. Many delegates, including the delegate of Russia, the delegate of the USA and the delegate of Germany were all worried about this clause and the things it lacks. The delegate of the UK proceeded to speak against the clause saying that the clause requests that member states spend money and time while these countries have problems of their own, using the US as an example saying that it has lost Miami and Florida and therefore it is not efficient to relocate people in countries that already struggle. The delegate of China suggested an amendment of the clause regarding sub-clause ‘h’, saying that the fact that the clause tries to tackle the education system and merge the refugees with locals but this would create problems as there are language barriers and cultural differences which deems it as unrealistic. The amendment passed but the clause ended up not passing.
Later on in the day, havoc was brought to the room when the delegate of Germany declared war and invaded Venezuela. With three countries siding with Germany and two with Venezuela (while the rest remained neutral), Germany’s invasion of Venezuela was deemed as successful and therefore, the delegate of Venezuela could no longer vote while the delegate of Germany was now granted two votes. This was not enough for Germany, as it later on declared war on France, invading successfully and gaining France’s vote too. Immediately after, Venezuela declared war on the UK, very closely winning and gaining the UK’s vote and power, and using it to call a P5 meeting. The topic of the climate refugee crisis was resolved and finished and a new topic of the ice-free state of the Arctic was introduced. Many debates took place and delegates were given time to draft more clauses before the final resolution decision coming up on Sunday.
9.15 – After entering the right room and spending too long trying to get everyone in a wonderful picture, a democratic vote is taken to whether sit down and wait until then resolution comes or to have a dancing ice breaker. Most prefer to sit and work on ther resolutions.
9.20 – The first debate begins on the question of improving education for young people in sustainable development.
9.41 – Time for the first resolution elapses and the delegate of Peru takes the floor to deliver her speech against.
9.51- The resolution hasn’t passed. Clapping is not in order. At exactly 10 am – “Resolution Number 6” which is about once more improving education for young people in sustainable development is passed around the room.
At 10.24 am – the resolution passes. Clapping is in order.
10.27 – The chairs say the house is allowed to go for coffee break a little earlier but whoever is not back by 10.49 the latest will have to face a punishment. As two delegates enter at 10.50, they are made to stand at the front and sing for the house. They sing karaoke to Milkshake by Kelis as the house cheers. The third debate begins at 11.10 am exactly
At 11.50 the voting tames place for an amendment to the resolution presented by the delegate of Bantladesh. The amendment passes and clapping is in order. The resolution as a whole is later voted and it is passed with 39 votes for.
At 11.58 the next debating procedure on the LGBTQ+ rights in military service begins. The house applauds at 12.02 before the first speech as the Approval Committee commends the house for having the most well-structured resolutions.
At 12.24 – The previous voting procedure is repeated as the house is divided due to a significant number of abstentions. With a difference of 1 vote, the resolution doesn’t pass. Following this, a three minute recess is taken where the house dances to YMCA. Following this, the next debate begins with a speech by the delegate of Australia.
1.23pm – The resolution passes. Clapping is in order. After the lunchbreak at 1.30, everyone is back in the GA by 1.55 – except for a few who were late that will receive their punishments following the first debate. The first debate upon returning submitted by the DPRK begins on the question of climate induced migration from Sahel region. Two amendments, one by the delegate of Argentina and the other by the delegate of Russia were submitted. Both pass.
The resolution then passes at 3.07 pm and it is time for the punishment. Following the punishment involving karaoke to Barbie Girl and Superbass, the house moved on to an icebreaker with doing a Q&A with the chairs. Questions included celebrity crushes and favorite….fictional animals?
At 3.48pm reading time for the final resolution is allocated. After a break, at 4.50 the house is back in the GA to complete debating the resolution. An amendment submitted by the delegate of Uruguay is passed and another by the delegate of Norway not passed.
At 4.25 pm with an overwhelming majority of 45 votes for and 7 votes against the final resolution passes and the final punishment for those who were late after the break begins, a dance to Rasputin by Boney M.
The first day was a very productive as well as fun day for the SCCC.
The explanation and tips on lobbying from the chairs, although helpful and concise, seemed to be almost needless when the delegates got into it, as they were really confident, prepared and excited about it. Of course, the chairs continued going around to each and every delegate passing on tips, which can only arise from their experience, and the delegates took them into consideration and seemed to be respectful and diplomatic amongst themselves.
Everyone’s excitement was obvious when they moved on to the debating of a few clauses. They presented their accurate knowledge and were able to productively explore every viewpoint in a respectful manner. The discussion was heated as innovative and even controversial solutions were suggested, which were explained thoroughly and later on challenged through constructive points that had been raised. Everyone – highly passionate about the topic – sought for detail and considered both short- and long-term solutions and wasn’t afraid to ask for clarifications if needed. Thankfully, no one’s effort had gone unappreciated, and they could skilfully answer every point raised concisely, as well as judge whether an idea will be effective in each country or not, individually. The SCCC also managed to fit in a few jokes in this, none of which had overstepped any boundaries, leading to the chairs’ love confession to the delegates.
Undoubtedly, all of the gifted people in the SCCC are excited to continue working on their resolution, which will be one of the finest qualities. Everyone is preparing for the biggest day of MEDIMUN, Saturday, in which most of the debating took place.
After the chairs took register, the delegates were allowed time to lobby, trying to influence each other and form allies. The delegates then began drafting their clauses. After the break, the delegates went to the conference’s opening ceremony where they listened to a guest speaker making a speech on climate change focusing on biodivsersity. The delegates were then given time to complete the final merging of their clauses and submit them, a task which created chaos in the room as they were all rushing and stressed.
The overall main topic was the climate refugee crisis. The delegates were handed the clauses and given 1 minute reading time. The first clause, submitted by Russia and supported by Venezuela, China, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria sought to provide protection, not only for refugees but also for internally displaced people, who are still not protected despite being in their own country. The clause suggested that countries producing the most CO2 emissions should be held most responsible for these refugees. The clause also supports that climate refugees should be treated similarly to regular refugees. The UK delegate spoke against the clause, disagreeing with the 3rd sub-clause, claiming it does not take into account the cultural implication when sending refugees to countries. The voting procedure led to the clause not passing.
The second clause, submitted by Venezuela and supported by China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Nigeria, proposed that due to climate change and global warming the Antarctic has been de-iced and that 14 million km2 of unused land could provide a safe environment for all refugees. The delegate claimed that temperatures are too low for many natural disasters to happen so the refugees will be safe. The delegate of France however said that the clause does not address the problem that many countries have claim over that land. The delegate of the UK asked how the procedure would be conducted logistically and the delegate of Bangladesh also emphasised on the chance of other natural disasters like blizzards common in areas if very low temperatures like Antarctica. The delegate of the USA then also pointed out that there have been in fact territorial claims over Antarctica in the past few years and then the delegate of Russia questioned who would govern such huge land with billions of people. The clause did not pass.
The third clause submitted by China and supported by Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria proposed the creation of a hub in Antarctica for refugees. The USA delegate was not entirely against the clause, but was concerned about the things the clause lacks, such as the fact that only earthquakes are considered amongst the multiple natural disasters. The delegate of Venezuela then opposed that by saying that a hurricane requires temperatures over 26.5 degrees Celsius, something not common in areas like Antarctica. The delegate of China also answered saying how the clause does not dismiss the presence of any other potential environmental disasters, it just gives a solution as to how one of the natural disasters could be dealt with through the building’s architecture. The Bangladesh delegate then recommended an amendment for sub-clause b, to change the term solar energy to renewable energy, so wind energy and other types can be involved too. The amendment passed. Further, the delegate of Russia suggested another amendment, to change the Belt and Road Initiative to All member states that are willing to assist. The amendment passed leading to the entire clause to pass, by almost unanimous voting.
The day started with the delegates of each country stating out the actions that have been carried out by their countries for the situation in the Maldives, Yemen and Kashmir through their opening speeches. Afterwards they started lobbying and discussing their clause so they can support each other as allies. The debate of the day was focused on the situation of the Maldives. The debate began by the delegate of Kuwait stating the need for consistent contributions of nations towards the suggested implementations and the converging ideas that have been agreed in the Paris Agreement. His positions had not been accepted by the majority of the delegates and his clause was not accepted.
The floor was then given to the delegate of the Kingdom of Netherlands who was so passionate about everything. His speech was really entertaining as all the delegates, even himself, were laughing by the way he was expressing his ideas and thoughts. Some delegates couldn’t hold their tears from laughing. The delegate of Russia went against the sub-clause expressed by the delegate of the Kingdom of Netherlands calling it ‘ineffective’, and ‘unrealistic’. His clause was not so convincing as the delegates of the Security Council and 9 delegates expressed their veto. The clause of Russian Federation was about the restoration and preservation of coral reefs by suggesting a serious act that can be carried out by Non-Governmental Organisations. The clause was accepted in a positive approach by the delegates. The clause presented by USA had some constructive ideas and practical solutions in order to address the issue that Maldives is facing. The majority of the participants found these ideas acceptable and the clause was passed successfully. The last clause for the day presented by France was addressing the need of the UN contribution by sponsoring various researches and acts in order to mitigate as much as possible the impact of rising sea levels. Supporting speech was addressed by UK’s delegate and following that clause was passed and thus we reached the conclusion of the day.
It was an overall fruitful debate, where all the delegates enjoyed their time, and were excited for the next day’s session.
The Historical Security Council started the first day with a Karaoke as an ice breaking activity and then moved on to a funny debate just before starting lobbying. The debate was over the topic “Does age matter in a relationship?”.
Lobbying started at 9:50. It is suggested that each combination of resolution should be consisted of 6-7 people.
As the lobbying session ended, the debate had officially began at 16:00. A reading time of one minute was given. The first clauses were submitted by the delegate of China and co-submitted by Syria and USSR. There weren’t any points of information in the house. The clauses passed by all the delegates. Suddenly, the chair’s timer went off and Baby Shark started ringing in Room 206.
The next response was submitted by Iran and co-submitted by Ukrainian SSR, China and Syrian Arab Republic. The closed debate began, and the delegate of Iran emphasized on the acute health effects. The delegate of Western Germany stated that these points were vague and that they didn’t address any reference to the nuclear disaster. The open debate procedure opened, and the delegate of China gave the first speech. Then, the next debate started.
A hand sanitizer was in demand in our committee after we returned from the break. The council moved on to other perambulatory clauses that were submitted by The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic and co-submitted by China, Cuba, Iraq, Sweden and Ukrainian SSR.
A motion for a P5 was granted by the chairs. China started the conversation by stating that she wanted to vote against the amendment as the clause was very specific and that it’s not related to the amendment. The delegate of USSR insisted that the case was about what needs to be replaced and emphasized on the day of the diagnosis. It was seen as pointless. China responded to the situation by adding up the fact that people will have to relocate. On the other hand, the delegate of USA pointed out that he wanted to have a political strategy and decide his opinion by seeing how everyone votes.
The delegate of the USSR represented the P5 meeting. The delegate believes that this amendment didn’t refer to the clause thus he voted against it. China and USSR agreed on the use of the word “currently” in the clause. Delegate of Sweden was another speaker who was against this amendment. She stated that people will still continue to be affected after they’re moved. The word currently only refers to people in the present and doesn’t refer in the future. 3 votes in favor, 11 votes against and 2 abstentions the clause didn’t pass.
Open debate for the second amendment was submitted by the delegate of USSR. The delegate of South Africa gave her speech, she amended that this clause should’ve been more internationally inclusive. Motion of follow up was granted due to time restrictions. The motion of extension of POI’s were voted against. The amendment had the votes of 8 for, 4 against, 3 abstentions and the order passed.
The chairs were punished for their lateness, which was demanded by the delegate of China.
T he next clause was submitted by the People’s Republic of China and co-submitted by China, Iran, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukrainian SSR. As the reading time elapsed, the closed debate begun with 10 minutes and the remaining would continue the next day. The delegate of China believed that a comprehensive report over what caused the Chernobyl disaster as it is given as only an accident. This publication of the report in many languages to reach out to as many people as possible. The delegate of Sweden stated that as well as the report is translated in many other languages, it should also be published in a simpler form to make it an easier way of communication and understanding. Delegate of China stated that the average person will probably not reach out to read these reports and they will be shared to the public through magazine and newspaper agencies. The delegate yielded the floor to the delegate of the USSR. The delegate of the USSR congratulated the delegate of China for her effort.
When the delegates first came into the room, they were clearly very excited to start working with one another. They felt passionate about the discussions that were going to take place soon enough. The chairs had a personal meeting and warmly greeted all the delegates. Then, they informed the delegates that they will be working in small groups, and the delegates then hurried to their places with a lot of eagerness and began working immediately. Once they decided their view on the discussion, they hastily started planning their resolution. The delegates then glanced through each resolution, one by one, deciding which clauses were the best to use within their joint work. Everyone felt encouraged to participate and contribute to the very intriguing topics.
After the last break of the day, the delegates were seated to the places dedicated for their countries. They were ready for intense debates! The debate of the day was topic 2: the regulation of cross border pollution. The delegate of Brazil started the debate with a fervent speech in favour of the topic, which was then followed by the delegate Bangladesh. The delegate of some of the countries did not reach to an agreement with the resolution. They congratulated the delegate of Nicaragua, who did not prepare a speech, but he courageously decided to make one right there on the stage. The delegate of Russia, Singapore and France made enthusiastic speeches against the resolution. Unfortunately, this resolution did not pass. Lastly, the chairs did some corrections on how the debate should be carry out and finished up for day 1 of MEDIMUN.
The session began with the chairs announcing that there is a competition for those who chose the question on the climate induced migration. They will have the chance to send in their resolutions to be debated in the actual UN! Then, lobbying in groups of 7-8 began at exactly 9.30 am. The delegates needed to combine their resolutions and decide on a submitter and a co-submitter who would do speeches to present their final resolution.
Right after the coffee break at 11.30 the opening ceremony began where a speech about global warming and how our generation needs to take immediate action took place.
Upon returning the room at 12.25 and the roll call was complete, the delegates continued lobbying.
Later on, the chair of GA2 came in and a video about the competition was shown.
A problem with the microphone occurred and so everyone had to cover their ears for a little while. The chair of GA2 had to leave.
It was 1.48 pm and everything was in order, chairs were going around the room checking on everything and answering questions.
After the second coffee break, the President of the GA rushed into the room to see most of the house dancing to ‘We’re All in This Together’ from High School Musical as punishment for being late.
At exactly 4.30 a guest speaker, Emilia Strovolidou who is the public info officer in the UNHCR Office in Cyprus, came to highlight the global situation in terms of climate induced migration. She particularly emphasised that the delegates had to remember that there are people behind the figures.
An hour later, after the fruitful discussion with the speaker is concluded, the first debate began about the role of LGBTQI+ individuals in the military as the delegate of Mexico took the floor to read the first resolution.
At 5.45pm the time for the first debate elapsed and hence it was time for time against.
At exactly 6pm the first debate ended with sadly the resolution not being passed.
The first day ended with everyone excited for the next!