MODEL UNITED NEWSPAPER Issue 3
The Honorable Anna Klein
Inside this issue: Crisis in Myanmar
Mondale General Assembly
Senior Send Off
LGBTQ Rights Working Papers
Sharing is Caring
This afternoon, I had the chance to sit down with the president of the Anderson General Assembly, the Honorable Anna Klein, to discuss her experience with MUN. Klein started attending Model UN in 7th grade because one of her teachers was an advisor, and she thought it “seemed cool”. Klein was appointed as a committee chair in the Anderson General Assembly her sophomore year. The next year she was appointed as the vice presi-
By Katie Gleason
dent of the assembly and ran for president. Klein is currently serving as the president of the Anderson General Assembly. When asked what her favorite part of being Anderson President is, Klein said that she loves working with younger students and “standing at the door and giving high fives”. Klein wanted to become an official because she likes being a leader and “wanted to know the behind-thescenes secrets” of the conference. Looking for advice for your future at MUN? Klein says to “find the part of Model UN that you like… and follow that route”. Klein
Apply to be an Appointed Official Looking for a way to be more involved in next year’s Model UN conference? Give your time and apply to be an appointed official! Some positions you can apply for include becoming a vice president, committee chair, member of the media team, or worker in the conference resource center. Being an appointed official allows you to experience Model UN from a totally new and
fun perspective. Kieran White was appointed this year as the Vice President of the Anderson General Assembly, she told me how being an appointed official has helped her grow as a person. She said, “Being an appointed official forces you to go through the process of putting yourself out there, you build confi-
says that her favorite part of the conference is “watching people either succeed or conquer their fears” and that the conference is “a really good place to call people out for good things that they do”.
By: Julia Michienzi
dence in yourself and confidence in what you can accomplish”. Youth leadership is the core of youth in government. Appointed officials are an essential part of Model UN and they keep the conference running. Applications are online and can be found on the YIG website @mnyig.org. The deadline for application is 11:59 on April 20th.
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Crisis in Myanmar By: Julia Michienzi
A crisis broke out this morning around 11 AM regarding religious violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The Rohingya are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim. They are not considered one of Myanmar’s official ethnic groups and therefore have been denied citizenship leaving them stateless. In 2012, religious violence broke out against the Rohingya in Myanmar leaving 200 people dead and 150,000 homeless. Between 2012 and 2015
more than 112,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar. They have been denied the right to vote as well as participate in the census. Beginning in 2016, there was resistance from the Rohingya people, specifically the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army with targeted attacks on army bases and police posts. According to the Security Council, the militia of Myanmar has responded to the resistance from the Rohingya people by “targeting terrorists” with “clearance operations”. These operations have in-
cluded burning down entire villages and triggering mass movement to Bangladesh. As the Security Council works to resolve this crisis, they demand that Myanmar stop their people from killing the Rohingya. If Myanmar fails to stop their people, the UN will take action by sending in troops.
Mondale General Assembly By: Katie Gleason
Two resolutions were brought to the Mondale General Assembly this morning. The assembly first debated a resolution on the topic of “Surveillance and the Right to Privacy”, and although the vote was close, they were able to pass it. The resolution directs sur-
veillance agencies to search for threats to prevent crimes, then dispose of information that is not relevant to national security within two months. Next, the assembly began debate on a resolution on the topic of “Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property”, which they have not been able to pass yet.
The President of the Mondale General Assembly, The Honorable Nibir Sarma says that he is looking forward to continuing debate in the General Assembly tomorrow is most excited to discuss the topic of access to safe water and sanitation.
Senior Send Off By: Katie Gleason
Seniors! Make sure to go to the senior send-off tonight at 8:15 PM in St. Croix 1.
It’s a great chance to conclude your involvement in Model UN as a delegate and learn more about opportunities to
continue being involved in the future. Come for a fun night with friends, music, and prizes!
LGBTQ Rights Working Papers in the Legal Committee By: Emma Forouhari
The Legal Committee has been working to write a resolution on the topic of LGBTQ rights. Two delegates, Rohan Rokkam (Bahrain) and Mary Stoutenburg (Luxembourg), have been cooperating on a working paper. Their working paper is based on the idea of establishing the UN’s position on LGBTQ rights.
Rokkam and Stoutenburg stressed that the UN position will be separate from the other countries. Some countries have specific reasons that prohibit them from accepting LGBTQ rights such as social, cultural, or religious. These countries will not be penalized for refraining from implementing these rights. Countries
will have the option, however, to implement as many rights as they choose.
human rights of the world together”, as put by the delegate from Denmark. Currently, there are agreements that attempt to prevent agricultural devastation and provide safe water to everyone, but he believes they stop short of what is needed.
resolution. “It’s water,” shared the delegate from Ukraine when asked how this shared view came about. “people need water. Iran and Iraq don’t have as much water.” Iraq even offered to provide oil and petroleum for transportation of these excess resources, which is a cooperative step in the right direction.
Stoutenburg says they are “trying to find that middle ground”.
Sharing is Caring By: Sophia Forliti
The Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee has been working to pass its’ resolutions. A delegate from Denmark is working on a resolution that focuses on the topics of Agricultural Devastation Prevention and Safe Water and Sanitation Access. This resolution is a global agreement to plan for prevention and relief in event of large scale agricultural devastation. This would include such events as the drought in California and the hurricanes in Texas, as well as any natural disaster that hits major agricultural areas. It is the job of the United Nations to “keep basic needs and the basic
The current resolution in the Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee would require nations to share what they have in excess with areas that need it. For example, the food that goes to waste in the United States could be used to feed people in need around the world. This resolution is bringing nations together. The United States, Iraq, and Iran all support this
Their backing has not been overlooked, and the resolution’s author is glad that this resolution has brought “three of the greatest modern enemies together.”
Tomorrow is Election Day!
By: Julia Michienzi
Do your civic duty and go vote! Elections for next year’s officials will take place tomorrow. Polls will only be open from 8:30am-10:30am. Everyone w ill get to vote for the Conference Resource Director as well as the next official of their current program area they are a participant of. You only get one vote so make sure you are well informed! The President of the International Court of Justice will be a tight race with a total of four delegates running for the position. Hemanth Asirvatham, one of the delegates running believes that the ICJ is the most unique organ in the conference; he has learned a lot and hopes to be elected so he can pass down his wisdom. The second delegate, Hunayn Anwar, believes that if elected, she will help the ICJ cases flow smoother by making sure everyone is well informed on how the court works and feels comfortable while presenting. Juan Sarenpa-Maldonado wants to put out the message that he is, “The Juan for you!”. He really likes the ICJ and believes he would be able to bring more diversity and new ideas to the organ. Lastly, candidate Aiden Gaines believes that becoming President of the ICJ, “sounds really cool”. He wanted to be a part of the courts in Model Assembly but wasn’t given the chance; he hopes to be elected to get this opportunity and continue making stronger connections working with a smaller group of people. It will definitely be a race to pay attention to! All elected officials will be announced at the closing ceremonies. If you have any questions regarding campaigns, below is a list of all the candidates running in this year’s election. Remember that the polls will only be open from 8:30am-10:30am so don’t miss out! Polls are on the fourth floor.
Conference Resource Center Director Liam Thomas Andy Tan President of Modale General Assembly Mahathi Kandimalla President of Anderson General Assembly Molly Diaz Kieran White President of Economic and Social Council Jared Nathan Itzelb Cervantes Brenna Templin
President of Junior Economic and Social Council Irene Choi President of the Human Rights Council Erica Goulson Tracy Zhang Media Director Emma Forouhari
President of International Court of Justice Hemanth Asirvatham Hunayn Anwar Juan SarenpaMaldonado Aiden Gaines