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International Emerging Leaders Program

at Collegiate School

Month

January 2016

Progress


Today during the 5th session, my committee, the Security Council, finally began our resolution list and eventually our working paper for solutions to fix the problem in Syria regarding civil security. We have been debating this topic for the past two days and finally agreed on resolutions for this. Today our sessions consisted mainly of moderated caucuses and multiple simple caucuses in order to have enough time to write our resolutions. In the simple caucus, the moderator and the president do not say anything and allow all of the delegates to work together freely. Surprisingly, all of the delegations agreed on one working paper and all of the resolutions together. Some of our resolutions are:

1) have the UN monitor the upcoming Syrian election

2) provide job and language training for Syrian refugees within the country that they fled to

3) create a cease-fire for foreign countries that have military within Syria

Overall, this topic has been so interesting especially since I am representing the delegation of France and the recent terrorist attacks are heavily related to this problem. Tomorrow we will finish our resolution paper for civil security and begin our second topic, the Iran Nuclear crisis.

Megan S.

World War 3!

Today during the 6th session of the “historical committee – back in time” our committee began discussing our second topic, the Vietnam War. This was by far the most heated debate we have had so far! Three of the main country delegations were missing for a little bit of the session so it was up to the other committees to take the reigns. The most interesting part of today’s session was when the delegation of West Germany proposed that the rest of the committee invade the US and create WW3. This sparked lots of tension throughout the entire committee and led to lots of commotion. The delegation of West Germany decided that the US was the root of all problems, which is why they wanted to invade their country. Overall the 6th session was comprised of many moderated caucuses and lots of debate particularly between the delegations of the US and North Vietnam. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s sessions to hopefully meet in the middle and form a resolution paper.

Alex F.

Back in Time

The Back in Time Committee focused on topic A first, the Cuban embargo. In the second session we moved past addressing the issue and on to trying to solve the problem at hand. This was very difficult because half of the countries tended to side with the delegation of the United States and the other half tended to side with the delegation from Cuba.
It taught me how to think about what East Germany’s, my delegation’s, decision would have been at the time, instead of my individual opinion. It taught me how to think about the opinions of other counties and step outside of my comfort zone.
Annie B.

Human Rights and Vegetarian Quesadilla (Day 1)

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Day 1 – The Learning Begins

Today began with an opening ceremony to welcome all of the delegates from various schools in Mexico, Italy, Thailand, and the United States.

The opening ceremony at Carol Baur was very interesting. They presented special speakers, who spoke in English as well as Spanish. In the ceremony, Carol Baur students did a traditional Mexican dance with a candle on their heads, Carol Baur students played instruments, and lots of speakers gave speeches. The speakers gave inspirational speeches about the importance of BIMUN because we are the future leaders of the world. The opening ceremony also was the first time we heard the BIMUN song, which has now become this trips anthem. “BIMUN, es un nivel de consiensa”  


After the ceremony, we began the day’s sessions.

Jordan F.

Session 1
The first session was each delegate introducing their point of views on the given topic.  It was frustrating because, per the Model UN protocol, you are are not allowed to represent your own opinion, however, it was also a very good experience in debate.  My committee is interesting because it takes place as if it is 1959, before the Cuba Embargo began, and we were trying to figure out a better solution than the embargo.

-Sarah W.


Session 2

The Back in Time Committee focused on topic A first, the Cuban embargo.

In the second session we moved past addressing the issue and on to trying to solve the problem at hand. This was very difficult because half of the countries tended to side with the delegation of the United States and the other half tended to side with the delegation from Cuba.

It taught me how to think about what East Germany’s, my delegation’s, decision would have been at the time, instead of my individual opinion. It taught me how to think about the opinions of other counties and step outside of my comfort zone.
-Annie B.

Let the fun begin!

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Yes, we are smiling despite the 3:45am arrival to the Richmond airport. We were fortunate that all of our flights were on time. As soon as we arrived to Mexico City, we went directly to Carol Baur to meet our hosts.

  

Intense Preparation

imageThe focus for the first three weeks of class was preparing for the Youth Conference. In order to prepare, we had to learn the procedures and rules for Model UN.  This meant researching topics around human rights, various countries, and how the United Nations functions.  We were fortunate to host three Skype sessions with our friends of Carol Baur.  In our sessions, we learned the procedure, gained clarity, and build relationships.

In addition to Model UN, we also had a group that worked on a mock trial of the International Court of Justice.  Preparation for this involved learning the background information of the court case Ecuador vs.Colombia:Aerial Herbicide Spraying. Preparing for the trial involved separate Skype sessions, gathering evidence, and preparing witnesses.

We will spend the first three days partcipating in the conference.  Not only will we experience Model UN, but we will also have round table discussions to discuss our own points of view.
 

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