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Interview with Andreea Tudose, Chairperson of the ECOSOC Committee The career options I had as a child have nothing to do with

debating whatsoever.I always wanted to be an Egyptologist(the result of watching too many documentaries) or a marine biologist.I do hope to take these life choices as hobbies someday just to satisfy my curiosity

as a child. I also wanted to be a flight attendant or a freelance journalist because it gave me the possibility of travelling all over the world. Read more in page 6

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Closing Another Chapter The moment no one was waiting for finally came. All the delegates, more or less excited about the moment, were brought together in the Festivities Hall of the “Emil Racoviță” High school. Read more on page 3

Last call in the ECOSOC Committee Read on page 5 more about the ECOSOC debates.


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Editorial

Andreea Oltean Iasi

On the last day of IASIMUN, the delegates have voted and chosen the best resolution from three of the four committees at the conference: Human Rights, Political and Environment. ECOSOC plays a different part in the MUN sessions, just as it plays a different one in the United Nations meetings; here the debates on the last two resolutions on the proposed solutions continued today, while at the General Assembly the only debated topics were the best ones. Second, at the Closing Ceremony prizes for the best delegate were given. Sadness could be read on everybody’s faces when the end of the IASIMUN 2011 conference was announced at the Ceremony. On the other hand, all the participants at this event, delegates, chairpersons, Administrative Staff, teachers, members of the Peace Corps and

us, the members of the Press Corps, were so delighted to be a part of this wonderful experience; this is a place where you can learn life stories, meet a lot of young people willing to make a change for the globe, to make the world a better place for us to live in and to give their full dedication to a topic well-known and debated. On an administrative level, the staff did not encounter any problems regarding the organization of the conference. Everything went smooth and clear, just as anyone expected, or even better than expected! All the persons we spoke to were delighted and charmed by the way things went on and nobody had any complaints towards the leading of the conference. If we ask us, the Press Corps team members, we would say that, although we were working under pressure, having to create articles in such a short time, running around after delegates in order to take the best pictures with them, all in all it was a wonderful experience; writing

or editing doesn’t resume only to working, but to collaboration, to having fun in the journalism room, to communication and to being able to catch the best moments of the conference “on tape”. We want to thank everybody for taking part in this amazing experience and we hope to see everyone next year as well. Long live IASIMUN!

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Editorial board Head of the Press Corps Cosmin Epureanu News Editor Cristina Roibu Features Editor Andreea Oltean Photo Editor Alexandra Stelea Reporters Alina Bojescu Iustina Condriuc Eliza Froicu Ilinca Roman Antonia Nita Iulia Stan Alexandra Vrinceanu Photographers Stefan Nemtanu Ioana Prusu Ilinca Roman Alexandra Stelea Layout Cosmin Epureanu Eliza Froicu with the much appreciated help from the Peace Corps Volunteers Brad Ludlow Jocelyn Wromas Theron LaBounty Amanda Tulin Ben Tulin Kelly Forster Iasi Model United Nations 2011 Aleea Nicolina 4, National College “Emil Racovita”, Iasi www.iasimun.org

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NEWS

IASIMUN awards

E nvi r onment Best Delegate: The Delegate of S.U.A Lavinia Iftene Best Speakers: The Delegate of Japan Maria Mateescu The Delegate ofSomalia Vlad Rusu The Delegate of Sri Lanka Pitrop Petre Bogdan POLITICAL Best Delegate: The Delegate of Russia Vladimir Calin CLOSING CEREMONY

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All good things come to an end… Antonia NiTa Barlad Iustina Condriuc Iasi

The moment no one was waiting for finally came. All the delegates, more or less excited about the moment, were brought together in the Festivities Hall of the “Emil Racoviță” High school. Recalling the previous days we can say that IașiMUN has many other meanings than just debating. IașiMUN is about having fun, getting in touch with different kind of people and even connecting with others. IasiMUN also means an opportunity to learn how to express your own feelings as well as to become more confident. Not only it is a good experience in life, but reflecting on the topics which are being brought into discussion by the delegates, makes it easier to understand the problems the world is facing nowadays. As an overall impression, Anca Apostol, Secretary General,

explained ”I enjoyed being the Secretary General. My reward for this year was that my expectations were fulfilled. I wanted the delegates to be involved and speak up, and so they did. As an observation, even though both the Deputy Secretary General, Cătălin Toma and me are keen on science, we found out that it are not excluded in debating. Even if MUN seems unrelated to our future

which raised to my expectations. The best part of it, for me, was when our resolution passed. ” The Press Corps would definitely like to intend a”motion to extend IașiMUN time”, if possible. Unfortunately, we have to sit and watch how the delegates get their rewards for the good work they`ve done these days. We hope you had a good time this year! Also, we would like to bring in your attention our “Follow your dreams beloved David Pi, the foundand never lose your er of IașiMUN, by quoting his last words from the first edition hope!” “Follow your dreams and never - David Pi lose your hope!”

professions, it helps us by teaching how to address an issue, how to socialize and even interact with others.” Also, Iacob Agnes, the delegate of Sweden in the Environment Committee shared her opinion in touch with this year experience ”it was another beautiful experience

Best Speakers: U.S.A – Laura Avram The Delegate of South Korea Alexandru Sotropa The Delegate of Egypt Andrei Ceobanu HUMAN RIGHTS Best Delegate: The Delegate of North Korea David Calin Best Speakers: The Delegate of New Zeeland Ruxandra Tesloianu The Delegate of Canada Bianca Vasilache The Delegate of Columbia Robert Pintilie ECOSOC Best Delegate: The Delegate of United Kingdom Andreea Eleonora Lucaci Best Speakers The Delegate of Danemark Florin Gheorghiu The Delegate of Germany Suzana Iacob The Delegate of Greece Bodas Georgiana


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GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS

The Delegate of Japan: Nuclear power plants are the most viable solution Alina Bojescu Iustina Condriuc ALexandra Vrinceanu Iasi

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n today’s General Assembly, the students simulated UN’s GA. The GA is the main body of the UN, the voting is done by majority rule, its decisions are essentially non-binding. It also has the power to make decisions for member states. Three resolutions passed yesterday: from Environment (Japan’s Nuclear power plants), from Political (Russia’s Jasmine Revolution) and from Human Rights (New Zealand’s resolution for the Organ Donation Issue).

On the first resolution, Japan pointed out the advantages of nuclear power plants, saying that” Nuclear power plants are the most viable solution”. The delegate covered the three most important points, those of dangers, public opinion and technology. A lot of members questioned this solution, but the delegate was able to answer in a diplomatic manner. On Russia’s resolution, the topic of the Jasmine Revolution, the delegates debated about the Tunisian Revolution and its repercussion, the

Arab Spring, which are a campaign of civil resistance and street demonstrations. The events began in December 2010 and still continue to this day. Members discussed about unemployment, food inflation, corruption, lack of freedom of speech and poor living conditions and how these factors affected and precipitated the revolutions. On the topic of organ donation, Human Rights’ New Zealand’s resolution passed. All delegates engaged in debates about how, over the past years, organ donations and

transplants have become an important issue. Most delegates stated the fact that they have a legal system of oversight for organ transplants, but “demand still exceeds supply”. All in all, almost all members engaged in discussing major concerns our planet is facing.

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ECOSOC NEWS

DELGATES VOTING © ILINCA ROMAN

Last call in the ECOSOC Committee ILINCA ROMAN Iasi

The last day in the ECOSOC committee was moderated by Andreea Tudose and Ciprian Cristea, the Chairperson of the Political committee, due to the fact that Catalin Toma, the Deputy General, must have attended the General Assembly. Only two resolutions passed in order to be debated in the third day of the conference: IMF austerity measure and the job crisis. Somalia, represented by Alexandru Lungu was the favorite delegate of the Chairpersons. Other delegates affirmed that he was active just like in the past days, affirming that developed countries should help poor ones and also should reduce funds from the military sector. However the delegate of Germany

was caring enough to ask “what will evaluation committees, these are 3 happen with the African countries of the institutions mentioned in the which are undeveloped but also may resolution. Anyway, this subject was have in the future armed conflict?” debated yesterday when the deleA bold amendment was sub- gate of Egypt pointed a strong idea mitted by the delegate of Sudan “we have to make sure that equality (Maria Pop-Cristescu also known as between males and females in the Pixie). She affirmed that “funding for labour market will be respected”. the religious institutions should be Finally the ECOSOC commitcut or reduced, because they can sur- tee finished its activity and succeedvive ed in debating all with the resolutions. The Corruption is dandonacompetition ”who tions, will be the best delgerous thus egate?” ended with - The delegate of Germany rethe decision that placUnited Kingdom ing the cuts from the health and worths the title of Best Delegate. educational sectors”. This amendment was supported by many of the delegates. The last resolution regarding job crisis presented many solutions and was sustained by the delegates with convincing arguments. Local councils, weekly trainings and

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INTERVIEW

Interview with a Chairperson: Andreea Tudose Ilinca Roman Iasi

Who influenced you to get involved in MUNs? At first, I got involved in MUNs by curiosity. I didn’t know much about UN,rules of debating, writing resolutions. Mr.Pi encouraged me to take part in the first Iasimun.So,I was eager to improve my debating and speaking skills. I got the chance to meet people who share the same interests,people who were willing to make a difference. I was fascinated by that and I am still fascinated by this kind of people,just because you do not meet them everyday and they have great ideas. It’s a tricky period for you because of the final exams. Why did you choose to be a chair at this year’s IASIMUN? I know the finals are quickly approaching and I am somehow pressured by this.But I chose to take part in this year’s conference because Iasimun represents a lot to me.It helped me acquire knowledge and understand how each action affects the world we live in. So,if I missed this year’s conference I would not

have been able to expand what I have learned so far.I chose to be a chair because I felt I accumulated enough experience to know what the task of being a chair involves.I want to help delegates express thier ideas and help them whenever they encounter a problem. If it wouldn’t be for the money, what career would you choose? The career options I had as a child have nothing to do with debating whatsoever. I always wanted to be an Egyptologist(the result of watching too many documentaries) or a marine biologist.I do hope to take these life choices as hobbies someday just to satisfy my curiosity as a child. I also wanted to be a flight attendant or a freelance journalist because it gave me the possibility of travelling all over the world.

become aware of the problems the world is facing and they have the opportunity to express their views in order to tackle the problems. I also like to fact that a child ‘borrows’ the identity of another culture and builts another mentality maybe different than its own.It’s empowering to represent a country and to persuade others to share your views. Delegates have a lot of things to learn form each other. They gain experience,learn to communicate effectively in order to produce a great debate.

What do you like about IASIMUN? What I love about Iasimun and these type of debating in general is that it gives a child the chance to speak about adult problems in an adult manner. The topics are not very accesible and this encourages you to find out more on your own and to expand your knowledge. Delegates

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ANDREEA TUDOSE, chairing the ecosoc committee © Ilinca roman


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INTERVIEW

Interview with MUN advisor and teacher of English, Victoria Sechelea Bojescu Alina Vrinceanu Alexandra Iasi

How did David Pi convince you to get involved in this conference? During his stay in Iasi, David Pi told me about a conference that he attended in school and suggested it as one of the projects he meant to launch at CNER. After talking this through, we decided to get the former headmaster Seryl Talpalaru involved. He was as impressed as I, and agreed to help us start this project.

Has the event improved throughout the three editions? I wouldn’t say that it has improved, but we have definitely reached for the highest standard with every edition. Everyone is doing their best. How do you think this third edition is going so far? It is going great and we are all pleased. The students are giving their best and the organizers have done a very good job. Sheila Crowley, the Country Director at Peace Corps in Romania, was truly impressed and thrilled to be here. She considers MUN to be one of the greatest Peace Corps achievements in our country, since it has gained so much popularity over the last few years, getting students from

all over the country involved. We are also grateful to the Peace Corps volunteers that agreed to support us. All in all, people are impressed that there are so many intelligent students who are willing to get involved in such a conference and trying very hard to make a difference, small as it is. Do children improve their abilities after this experience? How? Any kind of experience is fruitful for every student. In MUN’s case, students get used to speaking in public and organizing their thoughts before making statements. They also gain debating skills when asking for points of information and quickly formulating for and against arguments.

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MRS. VICTORIA SECHELEA WITH THE DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL AND SECRETARY GERENAL © ILINCA ROMAN


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For the good of humanity, I will donate my kidney! But I want it back! Iulia Stan CONSTANTA Stefan Nemtanu Alexandra Stelea IASI

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ne of the delegates from the Human Rights Committee stated their opinion clearly: Reporter: We heard your idea about organ donation and getting them back and it seems very interesting. Practically you affirmed that after you donate an organ, you should have the possibility to get it back. After we did a small research, we find out that there is a clinic who actually offers you this possibility. What do you think about this? Delegate: Everyone knows that organ donation is possible after 18 which is a very young age. I believe that, after a while, a person who donated a kidney when is young gets to the conclusion that it was a bad idea and they did not know exactly at that age, the complication of an organ donation. For example, if I donate a kidney at a young age because I want to do something for the

good of humanity, and after a while I get sick, I will reach to the conclusion that I need back my donated kidney. Reporter: Do you consider that the person who received your kidney will give it back to you? Delegate: Of course not. When you donate your organ, you’re doing it because you want to save someone’s life, so getting it back wouldn’t be a choice for the person in this situation. Reporter: But how would you act in order to convince that person to give your organ back? Bear in mind that this action is available in other country. Delegate: I will answer with another question: Could I just go and demand to give it back to me? Reporter: If that would be possible, will you demand? Will you rent your kidney and then help the others as a volunteer at a clinic that can help you rent your organs? Delegate: Yes. It is my pleasure

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to help people and to give my best in order to help the ones around me. Reporter: Did you have the chance to read from other sources besides the ones from this conference? Are you aware of the existence of the movie called “Never Let Me Go” in which is presented the situation of growing kids in purpose

of organ donation on a certain age? Delegate: No, I was not informed about this movie, but I strongly support the right to recover your organs after you donated them. We should have the right to ask the organs back!

THE Tale OF THE DAY

The Human Chain by Cristina Roibu One morning, a young artist went to a cafeteria excited because he was about to paint the portrait of a very rich man that owned a Construction Company. While he drinks his coffee, he sees a newspaper on a table. The headline read: “Tough Times are

Coming”. He started thinking more and more about these words. The cafeteria chief asked him what happened and he sadly answered, I must leave because “Tough Times are Coming”. The chief also started thinking about what the man said, and he told his wife to return the dress she just bought. She called the shop and announced that “Tough Times are Coming” and

she returned the dress. The shop boss also called the Construction Company to cancel the project they talked about weeks ago. The rich man who owned the Construction Company also called the artist to delay the painting because they don’t have money now…”Tough Times are Coming” The artist expected this news and he went back to the

cafeteria to drink a coffee, just to forget. He sees again the newspaper and studies it closely. It was a newspaper dated five years ago. The moral of this story is: Words and thoughts build reality. Be careful of what you wish and what you say. Words can destroy and build with the same speed.

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