The BOMUN Chronicles
Table of Contents
Letter from the Editors- Page 3 BOMUN vs. Annual Session- Page 4 Important moments of BOMUN 2013- Page 7 Important moments of BOMUN 2013 continued- Page 8 BOMON Mock Debate- Page 9 Thoughts on the Debate- Page 10 Style at BOMUN- Page 11 Technology at BOMUN- Page 12 Special Thanks- Page 13
Letter from the Editors
Honorable Chair and Fellow Readers, The Press team was honored to be at the BOMUN 2013 Conference. This prestigious conference was delightful to attend and was very informative. Not only did we learn an immense amount of information about Nuclear Non-Proliferation but, we were also witnesses to how our fellow Delegates (10th graders) have grown over the year and how they were able to immerse themselves into the roles of the respective delegates completely. It was amazing to witness this Conference first hand and learn so much from it. Regards, Ruby Kaushal & Raveena Mehta
BOMUN v Annual Session The GA 1 (Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Security) this prestigious Conference commenced with two speeches one from the President (Shiv-Louis) and the other from the Secretary General (Ameera). After the President declared BOMUN 2013 officially open the conference was in full swing. 1. Opening Speeches were given by a handful of Delegates who were handpicked by Ms. Allison and the Senior officers. All of the delegates did a fine job of reading their opening speeches with conviction and confidence. All these delegates clearly knew what they wanted. a. Australia, Egypt, India, Japan, Poland, Russia, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea, United States and Venezuela 2. Main Submitter at this conference was the UK and Sanath did an impeccable job with reading out his resolution. Although he started out rambling after, the introduction he realized that he had enough time to speak at an audible pace. Even though he finished just in time it was worth him slowing down so the other delegates were able to make an informed decision about this resolution and its clauses. a. The delegate of the UK expressed that this resolution was essential for world peace but in the same breath he also did note that this resolution needed to be amended. He urged all delegates at the Conference to make amendments so that together they could all take a step toward a safer world. b. Once the delegate of UK had finished his speech POI's were asked by numerous countries such as, Iran, Israel, Kenya, DPRK and South Korea. c. Once the delegate of UK had finished his speech he then yielded the floor to the delegate of the USA. The delegate of the USA a Co-submitter of this resolution spoke in favor of the resolution with, great conviction she explained to the house that this resolution was a strong threshold upon which all the delegates in the house could take a step toward world peace. 3. For the Resolution there were several speakers that came up to speak for the resolution such as India, Australia, Japan and Germany. Most of the countries had to answer a POI except Australia. Now whether that means the speech was flawless and left the delegates with no words or it means that the speech was incomprehensible will not be known.
Issue 2 4. Against the Resolution there were many eager delegates who wanted to speak against the resolution but only DPRK, Pakistan and China were chosen. I would personally say that each one speech was better than the other and filled with more conviction, as each was more desperate than the other for this resolution not to pass. a. They each attacked different parts of the resolution such as each country's national sovereignty, some clauses were vague and most importantly, the NPT being majorly flawed. 5. Amendments were originally supposed to be submitted by six countries but due to time constraints were only submitted by five such as Australia, Iran, Japan, Israel and the DPRK. At our conference out of five amendments four were passed, not including the DPRK's amendment. Not only did the DPRK's amendment not pass but they also called the UK a lustful country and were then expected to apologize. This ill use of words could've been a contributing factor to the DPRK's amendment not being passed. a. Australia proposed a new amendment the addition of a clause of a nuclear weapons free zone and (NWFZ) i. This amendment passed with an overwhelming majority. b. Iran also suggested an addition of a clause urging member states recognize the importance of peaceful nuclear technologies, and strengthen nuclear tradeâ€Ś i. This amendment passed with an overwhelming majority c. Japan proposed an amendment change; emphasizes that all countries that possess nuclear weapons we not use their weapons first if ever activated so as to prevent an outbreak of nuclear warfare i. This amendment passed with an overwhelming majority d. Israel suggested the strike of clause ten to be replaced with Calls for the UN to offer a set of benefits to nations after they have disarmed and discontinued all nuclear weapon programs and development of nuclear weapons or that have never developed nuclear weapons. i. This amendment passed with an overwhelming majority. e. DPRK suggests the strike of clause five to be replaced with; proposes all P-5 countries be the ones to start the disarmament process of their nuclear arms and, in the end, be the first to be fully disarmedâ€Ś i. This amendment did not pass 5
Issue 2 6. For the Resolution due to time constraints only UK came up to the podium to speak for the resolution. Once again restating that they though this resolution was a step toward world peace. 7. Against the resolution since there was only one speaker for the resolution there would also be only one against the resolution. China spoke against the resolution trying very hard to convince the delegates that this resolution was infringing on national sovereignty and the fact that signing the NPT was meaningless because it is such a flawed treaty. 8. Voting procedure in the end all the delegate's hard work paid off they all fulfilled their responsibilities to the fullest and made the most of their debating time. i. the resolution as a whole had passed with and overwhelming majority. (Clapping is in order) - Ruby
Important moments of BOMUN 2013
MOCK DEBATE While things are in full swing with preparations for BOMUN 2013 our very eager delegates have taken out time from their extremely busy exam schedules to come in for a Mock Debate. This Mock Debate is the basis of what is to follow tomorrow during the actual debate. Today the delegates were taken through the paces of what they are supposed to expect in the upcoming debate. Everything from bringing up their placards to who would speak when was explained to them. one of our very esteemed delegates comes to the podium and mumbles most of his speech and all of a sudden blurts out "oh shit" as we are all giving him our undivided attention Ms. Allison handles the situation with grace and says "delegate profanity is not in order" and the situation tides over. Such skills and acts of grace were explained to our delegates by our senior officers. Today our delegates were debating the 9th clause in the resolution 9. Calls upon all the nations of the P5 to set up a Global Counter Nuclear Terror Force in order to do tasks that include but are not limited to: a. stopping the flow of illegal and rogue nuclear weapons, b. preventing terrorist organizations from detonating nuclear bombs and "dirty" bombs c. Securing important knowledge regarding nuclear terrorist threats This above clause is what was debated and is part of the resolution that UK had submitted. The main submitter for the UK was called to the podium to read out his resolution. Once the resolution was read the delegates choose just one clause (the 9th clause) to debate and amend. First debate time was set for the clause after which, the delegates were to come up and speak for the clause followed by the delegates that wanted to speak against the clause. Once everyone's speeches were complete and all POI's (Points of Information) were answered then the voting process began. At this point the chair will request the admin to secure the doors, this means that if a delegate has left the forum before the voting process begins then they are not allowed to vote. With a vote of 8 for and 2 against the amendment was passed. (Clapping is not in order). After this the house moved into voting procedures regarding the resolution as a whole. With a vote of 6 for and 4 against the resolution had passed as a whole. (Clapping is in order). This wrapped up our Mock Debate for 2013 and we are a looking forward to the actual debate and what it holds in store. - Ruby
Thoughts ON THE DEBATE Ravi Garg as Deputy Chair: “As Deputy Chair, I feel that the conference went well as almost everyone spoke and in the end the resolution was passed. All the officers did a great job in organizing the conference and the teacher were very helpful mentors. I feel that this was a great opportunity for the students of ASB to have a chance to learn about the global events which have happened in the past and how they shape who we are. I really hope this makes more students want to join MUN in the years to come as it is a great way to raise self confidence and an excellent pedestal for those who have strengths in public speaking.” “I think that BOMUN was interesting; it got a little boring towards the end though. There were a lot of people and usually each person only got to say something once (if at all); other than that, when you got to go up and speak, it was pretty fun.” - Asaf “I thought that this MUN was a good experience for Non-MUNers because it showed them how much fun it was to debate in a big GA.” – Rehan “As a Non-MUNer, I thought the conference was a success to a certain point, the resolution was passed; it was hard to come up with POIs on the spot while listening to speeches though.” – Chelsea “The conference was entertaining and knowledge gaining.” – Ashwin “BOMUN was something I was not confident about at all! Throughout the preparation for the conference Ameera, Tarini and Ms. Allison supported and gave me points that I could build me speeches and poise off of. The conference ended quite fun however, I thought more people would come to watch.”– Sachi “I thought that the debate was an enriching experience for all. MUN calls upon all the faculties of a human and requires critical thinking skills. Furthermore, I felt that I personally could have been more prepared with the parliamentary procedure, but even with my lack of it I think I did alright. I think in total there wasn’t a lot (or enough) debates on the stances of countries in particular It was more general and discussed nuclear non-proliferation around the world.” – Abhiti “I think that the debate went well in the sense that many people not only participated, but also did well and brought up good points when they spoke which surprised me because most of the people in BOMUN only learned how to actually debate in the past week.” – Sanath
I thought the debate went pretty well and was done professionally. I think the chairs, the delegates, and all the press all did a very good job. I expected it to be fairly formal because when we did the mock debate in class it was pretty formal, in the actual debate this followed through even more because of how everyone was dressed and the podium up front. - Sam 10
STYLE AT BOMUN 2013 The BOMUN 2013 conference brought the best in the participants both performance wise and style wise. The delegates were seen in elegant attire, which created a formal atmosphere, especially since it was such a contrast from the casual classroom atmosphere. This generated a sense of respect amongst the delegates, and aided the audience to see their peers in a whole different light. It also gave everyone a glimpse of what formal meetings look like, how they are organized and conducted. Even though majority of the delegates wore black and white, each person brought a hint of uniqueness to their outfit. Their personal style was also expressed in the way they carried and presented themselves. The male delegates were dressed in suits and ties which, won them praise and attention as they brought a sense of classiness to the conference. The female delegates caught everyone’s eye as they wore fitted tops, formal pants and chic blazers. It was evident that when the delegates were up on the podium, not only did they make statements through their voices but also through their wardrobe selection. Style was one of the major aspects of the conference as it completed the delegate’s performance. As Jill Clayburgh once said “Clothes are part of the character. They can’t but help inform who you are.” Their smart outfits are what made the delegates look poise and it gave the audience a sense of who each delegate is as a person. It also assured a higher self-esteem, as their attire whispered confidence. All in all, the conference yelled stylish and sophisticated and as Henry Ward said, “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance” and I believe this was the case in the BOMUN 2013 conference. They brought with them, their best clothing attitude and that gave a new definition of style to the BOMUN 2013 conference. -Raveena
Technology AT BOMUN 2013 Technology took the BOMUN 2013 at ASB to a whole other level. The computers aided the delegates to perform to their highest ability as the computers behaved like their companions. The delegates thoroughly gathered data that was then put on the computers, which made the data easily accessible and allowed the delegates to refer to it whenever necessary. The Internet opened a door for the delegates to receive and gain knowledge of their respective countries in a quick and easy manner. This facilitated them to attain the best objectives to create a fulfilling resolution, which supports the view of their country. Google Docs was major part of this debate too as it was used throughout the debate preparation. The usage enabled the delegates to establish contact with each other and have each other’s views prior to the debate. Google docs also helped the teachers keep a tab on the progress of each individual delegates work. The use of Facebook converted the entire project into teamwork, where the delegates were able to connect with each other on their BOMUN 2013 Facebook group and this encouraged enthusiasm and a drive to strive for the best. Furthermore, Skype was a helpful application as it provided the environment of a virtual conference room when the delegates were working from their personal spaces. This saved time and energy as the students didn’t have to stay after school hours or travel to each other’s house to prepare. Not only was technology one of the key aspects in preparation, it was also a necessity at the conference itself. The audio system that consisted of the mikes and speakers permitted everyone to comprehend and hear each other. The lighting at the conference created a professional ambiance in the Black Box and this led to an exciting, eventful conference. Overall, the cutting edge technology used at the conference allowed preparation to be on the facile side, and it created a formal atmosphere on the day itself. The debates to come in the near future definitely have big shoes to fill, as12 the BOMUN 2013 conference set high standards. –Raveena
Special Thanks! The editors would like to give a special thanks to all the esteemed delegates and officers, for working so hard on preparing for this conference. This conference was a stepping stone for each 10th grade delegate including us Press members and this event will be one that all of us will cherish We would also like to congratulate and thank our teachers, Ms. Allison and Mr. Aickin who made this possible and we thank you for giving each one of us this opportunity to excel and learn. Wishing Ms. Allison all the very best in all her future years to come! We will miss you greatly. BOMUN 2013 has come to an end and we are looking forward to BOMUN 2014!