Sunday, February 8, 2009

Model United Nations

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So the reason I haven't blogged in nearly a week is the fact that last week was spent researching and making final notes for the Model United Nations conference. Did I have a life at all last week? No (although I never rarely do anyway). Was it worth it? Absolutely.

I had a pretty small role this year as the delegate from Chile in SOCHUM, also known as the third committee. To be honest, I would have liked to be on a crisis committee, simply because it would have been more interesting, but I'm actually glad I wasn't this year since I am the worst public speaker/debater ever.

The first day was pretty boring to be honest, but the second day picked up momentum as we were given a (fake) crisis during the first committee session. It turned out that there was a exodus in one of the villages in Sudan. Now, I was sitting at the very back on the second day, so I could see exactly what was going on: the Sudanese delegate passed several notes to his friend that read "WHAT SHOULD I DO?!?!" and at one point he left the room to talk with his teacher. Clearly, he thought he was screwed. Eventually, we passed a resolution on this crisis and got back to the topic at hand: child soldiers.

Here are some other memorable moments (you probably won't find them that funny, but after sitting there for nearly 8 hours, these were hilarious):

  1. The delegate from Rwanda's cellphone rang, and the Chair looked at him and said, "While the Chair is glad that the delegate from Rwanda has the financial means to afford a cellular device, we would like for him and all delegates who have this luxury to turn it off."

  2. Russia: We do not agree with this, blah blah blah
    Canada: Do you have an idea as to how to solve this then?
    Russia: ...No, but that's why we urge all delegates to ponder this issue.

  3. Israel: And we can just chop their heads off! ... so to speak.

  4. Just to make things more interesting, the Chair went up to the delegate from China and told him to motion to censure Poland.

  5. The delegate from the US then asked if anybody had valid reasons to censure Poland; the Chair then said, "Once again, the USA is a killjoy in this UN committee".

  6. Poland then declared itself "Polreandstine", and was therefore able to talk again.

  7. China proposed to send all the Palestinians to "Polreandstine" to end the current conflict in the Gaza strip.

  8. Iraq then told China to test this plan out on the Tibetans. (BURN)

Now that MUN is done, I honestly have no idea what to do with my free time anymore. Any suggestions for new hobbies/activities to do so that I don't die of boredom?


10 comments so far.

  1. setsanto on February 8, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    er, point of order? could we cease to refer to you as the "worst delegate ever" since, among others, the "I am a terrorist" guy was definitely worse? Oh, and as for interesting things to do, make MUN procedure jokes!

  2. Kaylee on February 8, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    LOL, sounds like fun! My friend and I were trying to start a debate team/club at my school, and if we get it going we might do Model UN next year.

    Your new hobby should be watching all 3 seasons of Arrested Development. Your life will become more enriched from it, trust me.

  3. lyrical charlatan on February 8, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    @ Setsanto: that is most definitely not an order at this time and will never, ever be an order. Ever.
    However, MUN procedure jokes will be made until the end of the school year, and that is most definitely an order.

  4. setsanto on February 8, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    I thank the chair for the latter part of her comment, though I would like to propose that due to the opinions presented by the chair in the former part of her comment that the chair is, in fact, unfit to chair this committee. All in favour. Oh I'm the only one. Well this motion clearly passes. =D

  5. lyrical charlatan on February 8, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    ^For this motion to be even considered, you will need one person to speak for it, and one person to speak against it, and since you are the only one in this committee, this clearly fails.
    Furthermore, the chair wishes to expel the delegate from Belgium from this committee. That is all.

  6. setsanto on February 8, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    ...ouch. I motion to move this committee to an alternate location. Oh and it takes precedence over my expulsion. Oh and by moving we have to reform the committee, thus scratching your motion. =D.

  7. lyrical charlatan on February 8, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    That is out of order unfortunately. You are still expelled. Goodbye.

  8. Chantelle on February 8, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Polreandstine? lol... oh dear. Gotta love the US in #5 though. MUN sounds like fun.

    I don't have any suggestions for new hobbies, though.

  9. RiN on February 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Sounds like fun XP hehe. My friends and I are always in debate.. (cough cough)

    Hmm.. new hobbies? How about.. watching the television ^^? Nah, most of us who're used to the Internet care less about the teebee. Hmm.. get a date? XD or go out with your friends...

  10. Crystal on February 19, 2009 at 1:05 AM

    Point of Order. YOUR CHAIR ROCKED. Haha these MUN moments are so amusing. I did the UBCMUN in early January and it was a bust. My entire delegation bailed out on me because they didn't feel like getting involved and I hardly knew anyone in my committee. Needless to say, it'll be a few more years before I get back into the MUN swing of things. But your post just changed my mind a little.

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