The Plenary Session

BY: Lara Tokar

9.40 – resolution on the question of managing the threat of biological weapons presented by the delegate of Palestine and another speech for came from the delegate of Armenia. 10.02 – attack speech against the resolution about biological weapons. The delegate didn’t open himself upto any points of informations on the account that “the resolution speaks for itself”. This is followed by another attack speech by a delegate of DPRK who strongly urges the house to vote against this resolution. 10.13 – The first resolution succesfully passes! Clapping is in order. The house then moves on to a resolution submitted by GA2 on the question of providing affordable and clean energy to developing countries. 3 minutes of reading time is allocated followed by a speech by the delegate of the UK urging the house to vote for the resolution. The delegate of France on the next speech for the resolution, receives a point of order as he was speaking “too loud”. Sign for how passionate he is! 10.31 am – The delegate of Uruguay speaking against begins his speech with a reference of a speech of last year’s, “it’s basic politics”. After his speech urging the house to vote against the resolution, he yields the floor to the delegate of Armenia who confirms that she believes this resolution to be inadequate with her speech. 10.43 am – The resolution does not pass. The delegates move on to debating the third resolution as the main submitter being Kuwait. Following another speech in favour by the delegate of Russia, the delegate of South Korea takes the floor to deliver a speech against the resolution. Although the delegate only opens her upto one point of information, as the one she received was in favour of her argument, the chairs entertain two more points of information. 11.05 – The final resolution to be debated is on the question of voluntary euthanasia. The house moves on to listening to a second speech by the delegate of the Dominican Republic following the first passionate speech for the resolution. 11.25 – Time against this resolutions begins as the delegate of Argentina takes the floor to deliver a speech against which emphasises on his belief on free will. Following another concise attack speech, the final voting procedure follows. The resolution passes and it is time for a coffee break before the official closing of the session.

Get to know the Chairs!

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR OUTFITS FOR MEDIMUN, AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO DO SO?

‘Okay so, it takes me no time because it’s been three MUN’s that I’ve been wearing the same outfit

~Panayiotis Constantinou GA1

My suits are ready from before so it doesn’t take me that long to choose. But it does take me some time to choose my socks because I really do care about the design and colour of the socks, if it looks good. It just takes some time to find the right tie as well because that’s very important. Depends on the day as well. If I am debating that day then i will be wearing a red tie, because red is the colour of blood.

~Togay Ata Gokalp GA2

Well it takes me quite a while because I have a lot of options at home since my mom is a lawyer. I just open her wardrobe and then open my wardrobe and i try to combine casual and formal clothes so that I don’t come off as too intimidating especially since I am a chair this year and there is a lot of new comers in the Gas but I also need to maintain a strictness to my clothing because it sets an example for the other delegates.

~Hande Aksoy GA2

“ It is indeed hard I must say as I never know what to wear! (every girl’s problem) For the first day of the conference, I chose my final outfit at 4am in the morning. 

~Daniz Alasgarova GA3

“ I just have one suit so it’s not really hard, I just change the shirt and the tie and it looks really different.”

~Michalis Kasoulides GA3

“Everybody likes a good suit so I do spend time to find the right one, anything classy would do.”

~Christos Georgiades GA4

“ I just pick out randomly 5 min before I go to sleep”

~ Emily Wallerstom SCCC

  “My mum picks out my clothes”

~Panagiota Yiallouri SCCC

“Usually it takes me less than 5 minutes. I just go to my dad’s wardrobe and choose of his latest outfit from his last business trip ,”

~Andreas Lordos SC

The Opening Ceremony

       BY: Lucilia Demetriou 

The annual, formal opening of the conference began with a short video about the European University of Cyprus. Of course, no opening would be complete without the infamous flag parade, accompanied by the UN anthem, reminding us that the UN, is a place where countries from all around the world, come together to discuss a common cause.

Then a speech followed by none other than the Senior Secretary, Mr James Lodge himself, introducing this year’s major concern, the climate crisis. Klelia Vassiliou offered a brief presentation about the environment in an attempt to encourage the youth to work towards improving the climate since, after all, we are the next generation and the future of our planet depends on us. Klelia Vassiliou encouraged us to be careful with biodiversity and to recycle, investing in products made from recycled plastic bottles.

Lastly, the presentation ended with advice for the youth. We can protect the environment by respecting the rules of nature with small, everyday acts which, when put together, can make a significant change.

A performance from the English School Chamber Choir quickly followed, performing the song ‘From Now On’ (from the Greatest Showman). The song talks about change, informing everyone participating in the conference this year that, from now on, it is time to take action and tackle the climate crisis. The opening ceremony was brought to an end with a speech by this year’s Secretary General, Olga Prepis and with that, the first MEDIMUN session of the new decade, commenced.