The New York Times’ Leah Bae reports on the social
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How Model United Nations changed Samantha Miller’s life
Could RIO+20’s guest speaker beJustin Trudeau’s long lost twin? You be the judge. PAGE 3
A world without child soldiers is within our reach The Globe and Mail’s Noel Lai writes of child soldiers in Africa and what we, as globally minded citizens, can do to help them. PAGE 5
Gavel-grams Komsomolskaya Pravda’s Kelvin Zhu eats chocolate. PAGE 17
ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERIZATION
Matthew Pi’s hilarious adventures Matthew Pi of Fox News reminds us of why many of us go to CAHSMUN: because it’s fun. PAGE 7
Samantha Millar, the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony, wanted to demonstrate MUN is a worthwhile. Millar emphasized that, to her, MUN is not just worthwhile – “it’s life-changing.” Millar, who now works at UNICEF, told us the story of how she reached where she is today because of MUN. When Millar applied to university, she thought of the course that she enjoyed most at school: World Issues. She thought about exploring this topic further at university – “maybe even beyond,” she noted. MUN cemented her desire to study world issues. Millar loved the process of MUN: creating legislation and discussion. Because of MUN, Millar majored in political science, specializing in international relations and bonding with a professor whom she still talks to today. She attended CANIMUN, a conference that she looks back on as a place of “really unique
opportunities.” Millar’s head delegate encouraged her to run in the elections for the team’s future executive team. Millar ran, won, and became head delegate. In 2006, with the federal government changing from Liberal to Conservative, the government cut its budget for CANIMUN. CBC approached Millar about this. “I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to denounce the government on national television,” she said. MUN Nations is “not just an extracurricular,” Millar argued. Rather, it’s “an investment in the young people of Canada.” There were still funding cuts, unfortunately, but CANIMUN continued and Millar staffed at numerous conferences. This year, the conference was held in Edmonton during the same time as CAHSMUN. After completing her MA,
Millar took on an unpaid internship at UNICEF. Near the end of her internship, she found work in UNICEF’s business continuity division. Her division was particularly active during the time of the Haiti earthquake. Its Haitian offices were no longer standing (nobody was hurt!), but UNICEF was “able to fulfill [its] mandate and [its] commitment to children.” Millar went on to say that all her tasks inspire her: the people that she meets (Ban Ki Moon!), the interactions in her job, and the work. Many of her friends and relatives have no clue what she’s talking about when she tells them about her day, but she loves what she does. That’s what matters. “If it weren’t for MUN,” she stressed to us, she wouldn’t be at CAHSMUN. She wouldn’t have majored in political science, met her
awesome professor, spoken
awesome professor. She wouldn’t have majored in political science, met her awesome professor, spoken against the Conservative Party on national television, been able to help Haitian children, or met Ban Ki Moon. If not for MUN, she would not be the Samantha Millar that she is today. MUN is worthwhile and life-changing. As Millar said, “[Your opportunity to change the world] starts in high school.”
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DISEC March 2012
Sabina Hsu Lily Han
An Overview of DISEC Lily Han DISEC – CAHSMUN 2012 An unexpected turn of events, developing countries from around the world step up to take on problems such as piracy in Somalia and the eradication of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). One country in particular, Andorra, stepped up to the plate, rallying countries from several blocs and creating a formidable assembly of his own. Surprise appearances made by Cuba gave a South American perspective with minimalistic Anti-American sentiments. By standing out from the crowd in her vivid blue shirt and connecting to several delegates during un-moderated caucuses, she‟s certainly turning out to be a committee favorite. Another bold-spoken thirdworld country, the delegate of Botswana, has blatantly stated that several delegates are missing the point. In a personal statement, he said, “Instead of the general solutions like „world peace, defeating the terrorists and saving the
children‟ we need innovative solutions that attack the root causes”. We‟ll have to see how his plan works out. Before sessions began, however, DISEC had a special visitor, depicting the changes over the years regarding global conflict. While there was a lot of information, delegates overall appreciated the insight and it was a good informational backing for the start of the session, especially since the topic was controlling and eradicating WMD‟s in the world. We had some creative politics in session. A very well dressed Uruguay was spotted gathering support for the delegate of Andorra‟s working paper with a lot of smiles and personalized notes – Andorra‟s secret recruiting weapon. Andorra said that, “[i]n a committee of any size, there are always three kinds of people: those with knowledge, but no charisma; those with charisma, but no knowledge; and the rare people who have the combination of both – they are the key.” His “secret
weapon” was to first send notes to people who enjoy Model United Nations and are skillful at recruiting. That way, they begin to make a network of allies. Andorra‟s plan worked and now he has many countries willing to work and support him. The resolutions were introduced some time after a preliminary resolution made by Somalia and Luxembourg. Botswana‟s resolution suggested an organization similar to IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), but without the influence of just United States and France. However, both resolutions covered a broad amount of topics such as: multimedia, protecting citizens and transportation, offering more police and military services, NGOs, World Bank, and most importantly educating the population on the detrimental effects of WMDs. The committee has worked very well together so far as separate blocs and will hopefully come up with an effective resolution soon. -North Korea Agency
The Supremacy of Personal Affairs on Resolution Papers Sabina Hsu DISEC – CAHSMUN 2012 There comes a time in an individual‟s life when one has to abandon one‟s dignity, one‟s pride, and his fear of not being able to attain what he dreams of – when one has to take a leap of faith and strike against the uncertainty. This phenomenon is common in CAHSMUN as many individuals often discover
more about themselves during the committee sessions. Some use their time to ensure alliances between countries. Some use their time to maintain their identities and stand strong in their positions. Others, like the delegate of Jordan, use it to attract the opposite sex, and gain partnership for their resolution papers. The delegate of Jordan has
learned the hard way that shortcuts do not always lead to success. During the opening ceremony, he was inspired greatly by the USG of marketing, who gave him the inspiration of finding his soul mate in CAHSMUN through “alliance” and “partnership”. This is not a game, he thought – this is a life changing experience that I can take an
DISEC delegates during a voting session
advantage of to enrich my relationships and further secure my international alliances (with the female sex). We at China Daily believe that fraud and scam should not be encouraged on the court or any political and constitutional discipline. If a delegate takes advantage of their personal connections, they are exploiting the very foundation of international affairs. Some argue that it is fair that nations practice „internal negotiation‟ for they may ascribe to the quality of the resolution paper due to the significant relevance created between individuals. Others question whether this manner is more of a deplorable behaviour than an approving entitlement. A successful alliance doesn‟t require the consent between two ignoble internal authorities who employ scam. Thus, the secretariat must determine whether the resolution papers, or even any alliance, are genuine, dependable, and incommensurable. These papers may even require censorship. After all, the command of the world has already begun to form at the tips of our fingers and the mind in which we derive our judgments from. It is no longer our dignity that demolishes the potential diplomacy. Rather, it is our deficiency in the value of dignity that frustrates the state of success that awaits us. -China Daily
Simon Donner, Justin Trudeau?
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Leah Bae Lily Han Brandon Woo
An overview of RIO+20 Lily Han RIO+20 – CAHSMUN 2012
Throughout the committee sessions, the delegate of Egypt criticized the United States of America for not sharing its advanced technology to ensure the sustainable development of other countries. However, the delegate of United States expressed her desire to charge other delegations in exchange for the disclosure of its state-of-the-art technology. Nevertheless, the two ultimately overcame their differences and cooperated, resulting in a combined resolution. They decided to pool their resources and allow any country to access their combined assets in order to save the world.
Representing your country Brandon Woo RIO+20 – CAHSMUN 2012
We had the pleasure of interviewing Max Stern, the delegate of Cypress at RIO+20, and Robin Shih, the Director of RIO+20, about their experiences at RIO+20. Both Stern and Shih stressed that, many people in RIO+20, supported the resolutions of other countries, not because their own country would have supported the resolutions, but because of “the sake of passing.” Stern and Shih noted that this misrepresentation of one’s country extended to discussion too. The delegate of the United States of America, for example, was quoted saying that “[the USA] was already in debt, so it [was] okay if [they went] further.” Stern was one of the few who tried to stand by his country’s belief. Even if he didn’t personally believe in a resolution fully, he might still have to support it because his country would’ve supported it. This is something that Stern and Shih agreed that all delegates should take into consideration.
Simon Donner | Justin Trudeau? Leah Bae RIO +20 – CAHSMUN 2012
Although delegates recognized that Mr. Donner’s speech was informative, what really struck delegates was his uncanny resemblance to the politician Justin Trudeau. Do you see the resemblance?
UNESCO March 2012
The next generation of the UN
Children of the information age take on issues of censorship and access rights.
Hannah Thomson UNESCO – CAHSMUN 2012 In this age of social media – an age in which news is constantly spread and often a challenge to contain – the idea of limited access to information is difficult for many fortunate Commonwealth youth to comprehend. Although the media reports on violations of human rights as censorship and the restriction of free speech, such conditions are far removed in Commonwealth life. The issue’s elusiveness is therefore understandable to us. However, as the popularity and legitimacy of social media rise, the awareness of both local and global events rises too. On 3 March 2012, a group of internationally conscious youth participating in the CAHSMUN conference in Vancouver have demonstrated their ability to think both critically and empathetically about universal access to information through discussions within their assigned Model UN organization, UNESCO. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, spent the weekend focusing on three major issues: promoting empowerment
through universal access to information, the implementation of the Haifa Declaration, and the involvement and consideration of indigenous peoples in the selection and maintenance of world heritage world heritage sights. Most important to the concept of social media that weekend was the issue of empowerment through information. The commonly held belief that “knowledge is power” was expressed by the majority of delegates throughout the first two committee sessions. Delegates agreed that increasing literacy and improving education are essential factors to the effectiveness of information. Most discussions were centered on increasing funding and improving methods of literacy rate improvement. Other delegates emphasized the importance of infrastructure such as libraries and schools, as well as the availability of internet access and effectiveness of NGOs. Many delegates put forth examples from the successful revolutions in Libya and Egypt, and the role that social media
played in these victories against dictatorship. Ideological and cultural differences between nations were tiptoed around throughout UNESCO’s sessions, as the delegate nations’ political spectrums are expectedly varied. This was particularly true on the topics of censorship and gender equality. The delegate for El Salvador said that El Salvador “recognize[s] sovereignty, and that the state has the supreme decision within the nation.” El Salvador “recommend[s] liberalization, but [it] do[es] not force it.” Gender equality, a consistently controversial topic due to traditional customs within Middle Eastern nations, succeeded in stirring up debate among the students. While respecting the fundamental beliefs of these nations, the Latvian delegate was adamant that “a founding principle of UNESCO is the equality of gender, and if any delegate does not agree with this, they must find an alternative outlet.” Though a government retains its sovereignty regardless of
UNESCO’s decisions, the organization will fervently suggest and encourage its policies be followed. Delegates suggested that it is the role of the government to regulate education, but delicately frowned upon their filtration of information. One delegate suggested that access to the facts of one’s own circumstances is a basic human right, necessitating universal access to information. Introducing the idea of information as a universal human right encourages internationally consistent policies – a brilliant move by liberal delegates. Delegates stressed the impact of youth in the spread of information and the importance of educating a generation on the verge of entering the workforce. The delegates of UNESCO are evidence of their own theory – their dedication to thoroughly representing their nations speaks highly of their generation. With individuals as aware and devoted to global affairs as our bloc of British and Canadian delegates reaching adulthood, the future of the UN is sure to be bright. -BBC News
Fighting like soldiers, dying like children Noel Lai AU – CAHSMUN 2012 One-third of child soldiers – approximately 200,000 children – in the world today are located in Africa. These children are often beaten, tortured, and treated inhumanely. As delegates representing various member nations of the African Union gathered together at CAHSMUN 2012, they raised vital points and ideas on how to deal with the recruitment of child soldiers. Just because they are compliant, easily intimidated, and risk-taking, does not mean it is rational to brutalize children into submission in some areas of the world. Children are used across the globe for various horrific tasks. They’re most often pulled to these tasks out of their own will. They are used as warning systems in mine fields. They are used as suicide bombers. They are used as spies. They are used as conventional soldiers. The scars carefully inscribed into them from ruthless individuals provide them great difficulty when these youth try to reintegrate into the community later in their lives. The main problem is that child soldiers are, in the eyes of many armies, reliable, cheap, and mouldable. It is the responsibility of the African Union to end the use of child soldiers in Africa through cooperation of all the member states.
A resolution has been passed in the AU that addresses many economic sanctions. As a young gentleman representing the delegation of Chad said, “A largely debated topic was agriculture improvement along with education which was a large topic as well.” He took part in writing the draft resolution which was passed with a majority on Saturday afternoon. Clearly, child soldiers are an important matter not only in the areas it affects, but to the global world as well. It is with great excitement that we hear news of gradual successes in removing children from the line of duty and to put pressure on armies to stop the use of child soldiers. Presently, the largest recruitment of child soldiers is by non-state armed groups. It is with deepest sympathy when we see notorious groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda use large amounts of children during their armed combat. For all the African Union participants in CAHSMUN, an initiative or project that one can look into is an organization called “Invisible Children”. As eager humanitarians and visionaries, they are a non-profit organization driven to address the need for quality education, mentorships, the
redevelopment of schools, and financial stability particularly in Central Africa. Clearly, this issue is not something we can all sit back and cross our arms at upon its mention; we can ultimately do more than “just watch.” By uniting voices, countries can use their respective systems, influence, and resources to expedite an end to the conflict. With the power of the media, Invisible Children produces documentaries which aim to inspire younger generations about the power of change and passion. As responsible young members of the world, CAHSMUN participants can also lobby their community’s leaders to make ending these conflicts a reality in the world we live in today. In various African countries, children are most often recruited because the armies view children as young, mouldable targets. Child soldiers are a serious violation of the Rights of the Child, and yet they are still used across the globe, particularly in Africa. CAHSMUN delegates of the AU have obviously taken a great leap towards a greater awareness of the inequity and brutality surrounding child soldiers. It has reached the time where one can ponder the next steps as how to become part of a changing movement in order to promote the ideals of fairness and respect in children’s lives across the
globe. In the words of Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch, a French soldier, “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire." -The Globe and Mail
Delegates enthusiastic during a voting session
A delegate makes a point
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Human Rights Council March 2012
Legalizing prostitution? Cindy Nin UNHRC – CAHSMUN 2012 Prostitution is present everywhere in the world. However, it is not always legal; in fact, it is often illegal. Due to the moral and religious issues involving prostitution, it is very politically difficult to decide whether or not prostitution and operation of brothels should be legal. China states that if prostitution is illegal, many people face a dilemma: life-long imprisonment for prostitution or starvation. The Chinese government believes that to improve the situation for prostitutes – or just people in poverty, in general – we need to change employment policies. They also believe that improving education is the key, since many people are tricked into prostitution. The United States believe that, although punishments are important, prevention is what is going to make the difference. They also state that to decrease prostitution, creating more jobs is critical. Jordan believes that although legalizing prostitution will not solve the problem, it will improve the situation of many people. However, Jordan states that only some forms of prostitution should be legalized: when the prostitute is not forced into prostitution by fear. If these forms of prostitution are legalized, police exposes them to danger. This ban,
service will become cheaper and more effective, because the police will have more time to investigate more serious crimes. In Canada, prostitution is legal, but operation of brothels is illegal. In 2009, three sex workers argued that the ban of brothels (also known as bawdy houses, cathouse, etc.) forced sex workers onto the streets and exposes them to danger. This ban, therefore, violates sex trade workers’ constitutional right to security. In 2010, the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario struck down this ban. According to Justice Susan Himel, the laws prohibiting the running of brothels “force prostitutes to choose between their liberty interest and their right to security of the person as protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” One thing that is evident is that sex trade will continue regardless of legalization or illegalization. Therefore, being part of Canada, the best we can do is to provide prostitutes with security. It is important to recognize that prostitutes are people too. They are very vulnerable people who equally deserve the protection and security the government should offer to every citizen. For that reason, we should legalize prostitution. -Xin Hua News Agency
The legalization of prostitution should never happen Jenny Fan UNHRC – CAHSMUN 2012 Prostitution is horrid and immoral, so why should it be legalized? If we legalize prostitution, it will eventually lead to promotion of the sex industry. In addition, by legalizing prostitution, we will create an appalling society. Can you imagine walking down the street and seeing prostitution advertisements? Can you imagine your kid saying at her 6th birthday party, “When I grow up, I want to be a prostitute”? Some say prostitution may be helpful towards the economy. Sure, but if there is legalized prostitution, there will be many people infected by STIs; and if there are more ill people, there will be more jobs for doctors. Do you really want to help the economic growth of your country by letting women suffer? The delegate of Jordan says that legalizing prostitution will be advantageous to the government. The delegate continues to explain that prostitution will result in less police presence because instead of targeting prostitution, you will be targeting illegal prostitution. If you balance it on a scale, you will realize that by legalizing prostitution will create more long-term problems than the short-term benefits. Instead, we should ignore Jordan’s pro-legalizing prostitution points and support China’s prevention ideas. Jordan also said that by legalizing prostitution, it will control the sex industry, but it will not. Quite the contrary, in fact, it will be expanding until it is uncontrollable. Jordan said that by legalizing prostitution, we will allow governments to be able to control it, and thereby making it safer. He said, “A women should not have to choose between life and death.” However, legalizing prostitution will not solve any problems. It simply puts the problem on a larger scale. Control is just an illusion. Therefore, we need to take proper action if we are legitimately concerned for the well-being of prostitutes. We can’t have a temporary solution that will postpone the issue till it becomes impossible to control. By making a difference, we need to start at the root of the problems and begin by eradicating poverty and improving education. -McLean’s Magazine
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A tango with Muslims Matthew Pi OIC – CAHSMUN 2012 Delegates, staff, fellow journalists, concerned soccer moms, and members of the Board: Today, I bring grave news and a very uncomfortable truth. Since the inception of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the OIC has been nothing but trouble for us in America where we are the true liberators of freedom and democracy. A sword of shining light reveals a truth that has been gone long unsupervised – a sword that runs amok under the façade of the topic of the current situation in Kashmir and the topic of India’s potential involvement in the OIC. To this reporter, the discussion seemed to focus more on how to spread terrorism and Islam to the innocent people of Kashmir (spread like the cream cheese on your morning bagel) and how to put India out of the question. The delegates may talk about “referendums” and “bilateral relations,” but what they really mean is “imposed dictatorships” and “negotiations by terrorism.” Yesterday, the delegate of Guinea painted a gruesome and horrid picture with a story of a Muslim family being “bombed and blown to bits” by “dirty Hindus.” Clearly, this delegate had an ulterior motive
and was trying to promote violence on our faithful Indian allies. When I informed the UNHRC Dias of the delegate’s clear intent, he was extremely alarmed and proceeded to scream in terror. “Swag,” he cried. As the resolutions began to pass, the delegate’s speeches and draft resolutions were simply nothing but testaments of fire and brimstone from these remains of heathens raining down from the heavens themselves. They spoke of a referendum in the Kashmiri area, the delegate knowing that the Muslim population is currently larger. As promoters of democracy, peace, and freedom, how can we in America stand idly by and watch a lose-lose situation unfold? If the vast Muslim population votes for independence, another beacon of the iron-fisted Sharia law will no doubt rise and oppress the once-free Hindus.
As the day is coming to a close, a dark and dangerous shadow looms over the people of Kashmir. A resolution was barely passed after some miscalculations (I thought DISEC delegates during a voting session Arabs were supposed to be good at math? After all, they did supposedly invent can all rest assured that everyone enjoys a calculus) and the resolution, I good tango. Just look at the Guinean promise, holds a dark future in delegate and myself. - Fox News which only Jesus, Chuck Norris, and Stephen Colbert can save us from. I suppose that the entire affair was still quite an enjoyable one. I learned much about Muslims, even participating in their various festivities, including a traditional dance to the “Party Rock Anthem” (a blood sacrifice, no doubt). Perhaps the Arabs in the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation are not so different from us after all. Nevertheless, no matter what backgrounds we come A gruesome exchange of the bodily fluids by the Guinean from, or whatever the various delegate and the journalist from Fox News. ideologies we believe in, we can all rest assured that
As the day is coming to a
Our clearly alarmed, confused, and terrified UNHRC Dais
Lorenzo Almonguera HNATO – CAHSMUN 2012 A year before the turn of the century – a year in which a growing hope for a brighter tomorrow has set place – the United Nations’ committee of NATO and UNSC are faced with a problem that depict, in retrospect, the conflicts that has occurred in the past 20th century. Like any other, the so-called Kosovo conflict has adequately portrayed the urgency, magnitude and gravity of most of the issues that have risen within the century. CNN News reporter Lorenzo Almonguera received an opportunity of a life time to observe the happenings within the committee sessions. He is more than eager to share his recent discoveries. "In response to the mass protests, the Serbian Government has imposed Martial Law upon the province of Kosovo.. " from the Yugoslavian Government. Delegates belonging to member states of NATO had many differing views on the recent updates of the current issue. The outrage and dismay of many of these delegates was felt immediately after the announce-
An Overview of NATO
ment of the Yugoslavian government. Italian, French, Turkish and the Spanish delegates were appalled and infuriated with many of the new updates. Cries of anger, sorrow, and apprehension were the indicative of how the session progressed. From ground troops to airstrikes, the solutions of the Delegates, despite very violent, were according to them, "[the] right course of action." In spite of all these, at the end of their first session, the committee was able to resolve the issue. As the Canadian delegate has said, "It is a given that in all United Nations meetings, we will not be able to completely solve an issue and make both the people and all the governments satisfied. As far as the committee is concerned, the committee has adequately addressed all the conflicts that have been brought upon by our fellow delegates." At the end of that session, all the blood, sweat and the tears shed were not in vain – they were put to the betterment of Yugoslavia. They were able to solve the Kosovo crisis.
The Delegates in session
The Clash of MUN and hip pop pop/ rap
Lorenzo Almonguera HNATO – CAHSMUN 2012 As of late, there has been a growing hip pop and rap music craze that has swept the entire world – including the committee of Historical NATO. On January 04, 1999, CNN news reporter Lorenzo Almonguera noticed an interesting phenomenon that occurred inside the committee of Historical NATO. Famous hip
artist and actor Childish Gambino has been seen inside the conference. Whether it is actually the rising superstar or a German delegate look-alike of said actor, the information has yet to be confirmed. CNN News only knows currently that the said man has been ardently fighting for its beliefs regarding the current crisis. -CNN
Summary of Deliberation in Accordance to Live Events in Kosovo
Kevin Lee HUNSC – CAHSMUN 2012
The United Nations Security Council is the one body within the United Nations system that can make binding resolutions. Its mandate is to maintain and control international peace, security, and life. The United Nations charter gives the committee the authority to deploy peacekeeping troops, to endorse and direct military actions, and to initiate international sanctions. There are fifteen members of the Security Council, with five veto-holding permanent members who are the victors of WWII, China, France, USA, United Kingdom, and Russia. The other ten members serve two year terms. The committee members that were present at the conference included all current incumbent members except the United States, and Russia, leaving only China, France, and the United Kingdom as veto-holding powers. The convening United Nations Security Council at Canadian High School Model UN were quickly informed at ten past nine in the evening that mass protests had sprung up across Kosovo due to the “brutal murder of innocent civilians”. The protestors called for basic human rights and liberation, with many protest leaders calling for international assistance. After 30 minutes of initial debate and time for delegates to take stock of other countries’ positions, the Serbian government issued a release that remarks that the uprisings are internal issues. -al Jazeerah
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NATO March 2012
A Summary of NATO By: Kelvin Zhu NATO – CAHSMUN 2012 Imagine if you were a member of the administrative board of Al Qaeda. The United States has been obliterated, and your ultimate goal has been accomplished. So what next? What is the next step for the Al Qaeda? Suddenly, it feels as if your organization has no true aim, and it is up to you, the administrative board, to decide how your organization will progress. This is exactly how the members of NATO have felt over the weekend. At CAHSMUN 2012, the members of NATO met together to determine the future of their extraneous organization and to outline how they will achieve such goals. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, otherwise known as “the elitist group of extremely unnecessary western nations that do nothing but incite terror in the hearts of innocent people”, accomplished several of its goals at a very mediocre level over the past
several days. Discussing the topic of the changing role and structure of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the committee spent a considerable amount of time attempting to appease fellow delegates to vote for their resolution due to the inefficient and inadequate requirement of NATO to reach consensus to pass anything whatsoever. This lead to many compromises being made, resulting in resolutions that held much less power than they originally did in a despondent attempt to allow the resolution to be passed. Nevertheless, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its terrorist members managed to pass their resolutions after serious compromises with opposing members, resulting in a comprehensive document outlining the future goals of NATO. The resolution entailed several important points, among which included the spreading of NATO
The Delegate of the Netherlands, a face of assertive control and leadership in NATO (face censored for security purposes)
partnerships internationally, which called for Russia to become a partner of the organization, and the improvement of cyber security in the council. Although many of the NATO members acknowledged the importance of cyber defense, several delegates, including but not limited to France, foolishly declared that they believed cyber security to be of much lesser importance than that of military security, completely turning a blind eye to the utter embarrassment of the NATO operation in Kosovo which was hacked and rendered ineffective. The uninformed opinions of the several of the delegates of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization were duly noted and brings questions upon the information and ability of the countries whom these delegates represent, further questioning the usefulness of NATO. In addition, the resolution made NATO extremely similar to the UNSC, despite the denial of this statement by the Netherlands, who responded “NATO is different because it requires a consensus to pass anything—every member is treated equally”. However, as an international committee, NATO has extremely similar goals to the UNSC, and only time will tell the aftermath of this terrorist organization which has lived past its usefulness. -Komsomolskaya Pravda
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UNSC March 2012
Delegates of the Security Council Maintain Professional Amusement
Members of the Security Council spend time discussing during a 10 minute un-moderated discussion period.
By: Rachel Lee UNSC – CAHSMUN 2012 The atmosphere hovering around the room of the United Nations Security Council is that of a professional manner. With the 15 members intently focused on their laptops, any observer would feel intimidated at first. However, between poking fun at each other amidst several different instances of ice spillage, the members of the UNSC maintained a serious yet light manner in the midst of their discussion. On Tuesday night, the United Nations Security participated in an active discussion regarding the United Nations responsibility to protect, or R2P. R2P is the idea that nations need to protect their sovereign states when they are in need. As an idea in debate, the Security Council amended R2P and made the idea better with the several actions
confirmed. As stated in R2P’s official website, R2P is “a new international security and human rights norm to address the international community’s failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.” Discussion covered different points of the spectrum, ranging from the economy to moral standards. As the delegate of Brazil began to tell a story to the other delegates, small chuckles could be heard around the room. “The United Nations acts as a parent – its children are the countries,” the delegate began. “As the parent, [we] need to please the children and benefit the good children.” In reply, the American delegate stated that while agreement was binding, resolutions can’t pass over the veto. The Security Council
needed a plan where veto powers would be overturned, as veto not necessity to pass resolution. Several different delegates, including the American and Russian delegates, uniformly agreed that economic incentives were not necessary. R2P would be included to compensate nations. At the end of the second committee session, the Security Council arrived at a closing statement. “We worked with the second working paper,” commented the German delegate in regards to the closing up of R2P’s discussion, “[W]e ran out of time before more amendments could be made, but then we voted it in favour with majority of the clauses.” With smiles all around the room, it was evident that the conclusion of R2P was an enjoyable event. -Yomiuri Shimbun
Quick Action by HNATO Prevents Deaths Kelvin Zhu HNATO – CAHSMUN 2012 At 1:00am, a drowsy group of HNATO representatives were called down from their rooms and presented with a crisis—a new government had taken over Albania via coup d’état, being prepared to undertake violent acts upon ethnic Serbians in Kosovo in a desperate act to retake the province. At this, HNATO immediately sprang into action, realizing the significance of the situation and the amount of time that they had to react to this situation before ethnic cleansing were to be commenced. The delegate of Spain and Canada immediately took action, drafting a resolution paper to prepare to defend the ethnic Serbs and prevent a war. However, an unexpected turn of events took HNATO by surprise as the Albanian government militarized its troops before the council had a chance to respond to the situation with a resolution. Unfortunately, HNATO was stopped from further work upon
the crisis due to a wave of sudden drowsiness, causing all delegates to return to their bedrooms to continue the crisis at 9:30.
HNATO committee session.
Delegates Delegates in unmoderated session. “Cripple North Korean troops at their source, North Korea! It will eliminate their command structure, and their Cote d’Ivoire sung “Never going invasion will collapse,” a to give you up, never going to let delegate announced, disagreeing you go…” to the United States with the plan of attacking North of America to show his loyalty Korea indirectly through China. and support. Finally, United States of America declares, “NATO can Hungary stated, “America is redirect troops to encircle North incapable of defending itself at Korea.” To clarify more, she also this moment,” hinting at the says, “ Engage them from east conditions of America and the and send backup from west.” desperate help it needs.
NATO Conference Lily Han NATO – CAHSMUN 2012 Here are some of the notable events that occurred during the committee sessions: During the delegates social dance party, North Korea was busy invading large areas of United States, China, Japan, and many other areas.
Sudanese Oil Crisis Hannah Thomson
As 80% of the oil reserves are now within AUâ€“ CAHSMUN 2012 the borders of South Sudan, the assumed right would be based upon In the infant hours of 4 territorial ownership, to March 2012, the African which the majority of Union sought a solution to delegates agreed. the recent oil conflict However, the delegations between Sudan and the of Mauritania, Liberia, recently independent Guinea, and Somalia nation of South Sudan. In deepened the issue by the past week, bombings suggesting that South have occurred deep within Sudan needs to establish South Sudan, supposedly a treaty with Sudan in ordered by the Khartoun order to refine and export government. The conflict the oil in its natural stems from the uncertain reserves. The delegate of rights to formerly South Sudan inspired combined oil reserves. sympathy within the union, explaining the tumultuous conditions prior to the nationâ€™s independence.
A resolution to the conflict was not reached, but the crisis did inspire significant debate on the topics of border rights and international cooperation in manufacturing. AU delegates during a moderated caucus
An Invasion of Kosovo Kevin Lee HUNSC – CAHSMUN 2012 During the wee hours, a coup d’état took place in the state of Albania, with a new ultranationalist government now in place. The government immediately began violating international conventions of human rights declarations such as regulations set forth by the Geneva Convention and various other organizations and charters.
region, the Russian Federation graciously yielded much of its influential power and agreed to compromise as this is a crisis and a blatant and obvious genocide that can be stopped. Unfortunately, the committee session ended due to time concerns before a complete resolution was set. Time was paused for the duration of the early morning and resumed in the final committee session, where the delegates will resume resolving the crisis.
HUNSC delegates listen attentively to a speech by the delegate of France
While delegations such as the United Kingdom and France believe in reinserting the peacekeeping forces deployed to Kosovo into the current ethnic cleansing in the embattled
Above: The delegate of Gambia making a passionate speech
Left:A break from the crisis - the social room before being set up with the DJ and the influx of delegates
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Lorenzo Almonguera Matthew Pi
China’s old ways Matthew Pi UNHRC – CAHSMUN 2012 Picture this: A beautiful and bold eagle representing the very freedom and democracy sailing into the beautiful sunset when suddenly, a dark figure arises from the east, striking down the eagle, abducting it, and forcing it into labour. That is exactly what has happened when in an abrupt contraception of old fashioned communism has once again appeared in China. According to the Totally Legitimate News Source, the official blog of the UNHRC, “ a Chinese government official has been quoted, "With the new unpaid workers we will be able to lower manufacturing costs and compete with that pesky Bangladeshians."he was more explicitly quoted saying, "We totally bought those people as unpaid labour, did you see their faces?.”
The UNHRC committee was immediately followed by the bickering of various nations, followed by the disrespect of Jordan, daring to ask if they could pass a verbal resolution, rather than a written one. To this, the dais simply answered “No”. (The UNHRC Dias shooting down Jordan’s Motion.)
In order to get across the opinions of the entire committee effectively and quickly, this American-born dais allowed a moderated caucus for a duration of 2 minutes, speaking time 10 seconds. Thailand, who proposed the motion, quickly and boldly spoke and said “OIejfaoweifj”. Only time will tell if China will persist in its dictatorial ways, as this sleepy journalist ends the day on a very, very, tired note, and hopes to see how this crisis will resolve, and hopes to see swift justice brought against China in the sunrise as the Eagle of democracy and freedom flies again. - FOX
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Unexpected Flood Hits Dias’ Computer Lorenzo Almmonguera UNHRC – CAHSMUN 2012 During the third committee session of the United Nation's Human Right's Council, it appears to be that a so-called, "flood," has struck the Dais table. It is also interesting to note that the committee was discussing about, "measures to ensure access to clean water and sanitation."
Committee director Eric Han thought about the occurrence as, "quite the irony." However, upon further investigation of the incident, CNN news reporter Lorenzo Almonguera has found a story completely contrary to what the reports show. Rumour has it that a certain Secretariat was actually at fault. owner of the affected laptop, Natasha Lam says, "[that] if my laptop
breaks down, whoever is at fault will have to pay me a cheque for $2500." Whether or not the laptop is broken, we are not sure. The only thing that is certain is that the flood -- wasn't some random and arbitrary flood that came from nowhere. - CNN
The Globe And Mail
Situation in Cote Dâ€™Ivoire Noel Lai UNSC â€“ CAHSMUN 2012 When disaster hits, discussion in the UN Security Council Intervention is undoubtedly necessary. With fast-paced ideas and debate that is constantly in flux upon the landing of a sumptuous midnight crisis, the delegates of UNSC in CAHSMUN 2012 speak with great intensity and passion. Over nine thousand refugees who were originally from the Ivory Coast have died in less than 48 hours. They have fled to neighbouring countries including Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea. The militia from these areas are causing great economic and political tensions. Several countries have differing viewpoints. France hopes that the affected area be stabilized and promotes that they do their best to prevent the situation in the
future. Portugal believes that the immediate focus should not be on stabilization, but to see where the loss of life occurs. They should draw peacekeeping forces into the area that contains potential genocide. Russia sees the situation as their own responsibility to protect people who have been harmed in these areas. China wants to prevent further loss of life and to deal with the situation immediately. China also wishes to speak with the governments of the neighbouring countries and expresses a desire to release the extreme burden put upon the refugees. Brazil holds dear to its heart the importance of sovereignty and the resolutions they have passed earlier on during the weekend. Another power country, USA, does not like to consider the long-term conditions.
They are concerned over the loss of lives of nine thousand civilians and they hope to send peacekeepers to these regions. Despite the constant discussions that go on in the UNSC, it is with great respect when an observer can see the intense passion upon the candidates, perhaps due to a huge desire for sleep. With the ability to pass a resolution with the support of all nations involved, the teamwork and energy among the CAHSMUN participants during a midnight crisis proves not only a great conference, but that each delegate takes the situation seriously and with maturity. We look upon the issue with great sympathy and extend our best wishes towards it. -The Globe and Mail
UNSC delegates congregating during an unmoderated caucus
Slavery at CAHSMUN?! It was a normal day at CAHSMUN 2012. The terrorist members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization were debating the future structure and role of the committee. With debate flowing smoothly, everything seemed normal. Underneath this utopian veil, however, a much darker reality resided. It was here that one of the two chairs of the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization was enslaving the other. A picture was taken of the moment, where one of the chairs, Aashish, demanded for his fellow colleague, Andy, to hand him a cup of water. In order to get to the bottom of this story, it was necessary for me to interview these two staff members. When asked how he felt being enslaved, Andy responded, ―I feel bad.‖ Being a peaceful person, Andy did not
revolt against his master, continuing the slave and master relationship between he and Aashish. Aashish declined to comment on the situation, although he later did state ―I have already enslaved Andy – I can enslave you too.‖ With this statement, he’d admitted his guilt and threatened me by violating both my human rights and Article 4 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which explicitly states ―No
one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.‖ At this, is Aashish really the type of person that we want as a chair, and as a role model to delegates at CAHSMUN?
The Hyperinflation of Gavel Grams After spending a relatively extended amount of time at the gavel gram and t-shirt booth near the coat check, I decided that it would be interesting to investigate the cost of the gavel grams. As many of the delegates at FHMUN know, gavel grams had cost a mere $2-3. So why is it that this year, the cost had risen to $5? Being a hefty investment for any delegate seeking to woo that certain Ecuador, I decided to investigate in this topic.
Spending a large amount of time loitering around the table with various secretariat members, I questioned a large amount of staff and secretariats to no avail, who were also in the same level of confusion as me. The longer my question was unanswered, the longer my heart ached to find the answer. Through the assortment of snippets of opinions from secretariats and staff members
staff members. Through the assortment of snippets of opinions from secretariats and staff members, as well as even a few delegates, I believe that I could finally piece out the story. Although this is not confirmed, I believe that the true answer behind this important question is…that the chocolate is better. Deciding to test this myself, I gritted my teeth and pulled a $5 bill from my wallet, in determination to fulfill my role as a press agent.
gavel broke in two. Holding back tears, I picked up the broken portion of the gavel and bit into it. The best tasting chocolate gavel I had ever eaten melted in my mouth, and it was at that moment that I realize that $5 was not a hefty investment for a chocolate gavel at all—in all seriousness, where else can you even get a chocolate gavel?
As I slowly pulled apart the wrapper of the chocolate, the sweet aroma of chocolate wafted up to meet me. Resisting my urge to munch down on the whole package, I slowly pulled the gavel out of the package and clutched the gavel by the handle. With a limited amount of force, I banged it on the table, and that was when it happened—the
And so, in a world with revolutions, economic crises, teenagers taking on world issues, crazy dictators, and even crazier delegates, what can we do to keep ourselves sane? The answer is simple: Buy a Gavel Gram!
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Delegate Social March 3 – CAHSMUN 2012
My heart pounds like a beating drum as I pace back and forth in line for the dance. It was rumoured to be the greatest delegate social in Model UN history and nobody was going to miss out. The delegates have undergone a 180º change from their professional diplomatic manners and are dressed to impress. The line advances. The excitement is tangible and the blaring lights creep out from the half-open doors and the air is saturated with sheer anticipation and and the ear-splitting beats are hammering but finally – it is 8:45pm. Delegates gush in. It is Pulse: CAHSMUN delegates gone wild.
Photo credits: Edward Chang
Memorable Quotes:“I Ecuador you” “The delegate of USA is already in so much debt that it is okay if we go further” “We ask that the Russian delegate show respect -- by not falling asleep.” “Present and trolling.” "Motion for a 2 minute moderated caucus, speaking time 10 seconds discussing the current crisis at hand. SPEED DELEGATING!!" "... The US is responsible -- for the world." "May Allah the merciful bless us with Political prosperity." "May we ask the delegates to refrain from using colloquial language when sending notes to the dais. ' To analyze 'deze nuts,' is clearly inappropriate."
Published on Mar 6, 2012