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MODEL UNITED NEWSPAPER Issue 4

4/7/18

2018 Summer Programs By: Julia Michienzi

Inside this issue: Brazil vs. DPRK

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Talent Show

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Uganda vs. DRC

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An Invitation to Seniors

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Editor’s Farewell

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Not ready for Model UN to be over? Looking for more ways to stay involved? You’re in luck! YIG is offering two summer programs this year for delegates to take advantage of. The first summer program is the Youth Conference on National Affairs, also known as CONA. This 12-day trip will be held from Friday, June 29 to Tuesday, July 10. There will be 25 delegates selected from Minnesota who will bus down to Black Mountain, North Carolina to meet up with more than 600 other YIG participants from around the country for the five-day conference.

There, delegates will propose solutions on important national and international issues and debate them throughout the conference. After the conference adjourns, the fun continues as the group proceeds to New York City for a variety of fun and educational experiences. The second summer program is the YMCA National Judicial Competition (NJC). This program will be held July 29 to August 2 in Chicago, Illinois. The first day includes a “pretrip” tour of Chicago and its attractions. At the conference, delegates will compete in either a Mock Trial or a Mock US Supreme Court hearing. They will

work in groups to delve deeper on legal issues as they prepare speeches and arguments to face competition from over 300 YIG participants from around the nation. The registration deadline for these programs is April 18th, 2018. For both of these conferences you will be expected to attend 2-3 delegation meetings beforehand as well as a weekend retreat for CONA and an extended “cram session” for NJC. Visit the website mnyig.org for more details on cost and how to apply for these prestigious programs.

The Senior Send Off By: Katie Gleason

The seniors had a great time at the senior send-off last night! They had the chance to hear from multiple alumni about their experiences after Youth in

Government and how they have stayed involved with the program. Between jokes and dancing, the seniors got advice as they prepare for their futures.

Some awesome prizes were won as seniors prepared for their final night of YIG.


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Brazil vs. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea By: Katie Gleason

This morning, the International Court of Justice heard the case of Brazil vs. the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Brazil sued the DPRK for obtaining falsified passports from the North Korean embassy in Brazil. The passports were for North Korean leaders and had their photos on them, but included false names and birthdates. Most importantly, they listed the birthplace as Brazil, giving these leaders access to visas for more countries. Brazil stated that the DPRK used these pass-

ports to get into multiple countries, including the United States and Japan. The delegate from Brazil went on to argue that these passports not only violate international law; they also pose a threat to the international community, as they could potentially be used for an escape or attack. The delegate from the DPRK claimed that the passports were obtained legally, and they needed them to protect their leaders. They also argued that considering the passports expired in 2006, the case was no longer relevant, but Brazil refuted these claims by telling Justices

that the information on these passports surfaced just this year. The DPRK wants the court to recognize that the actions they took were necessary to protect their leaders, while Brazil hopes the court will recognize that the DPRK has violated international law. Should the court rule in Brazil’s favor, Brazil has asked for monetary compensation and an apology, but stated that they would negotiate and respect the decisions made by the court. The court will publish their opinion later today.

Talent Show By: Katie Gleason

Last night’s talent show featured many amazing acts from our talented fellow delegates. Missed the show? Here are some highlights: There was an incredible performance of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”, prompting many delegates to sing/rap along as well as to demonstrate their excellent dance moves. One group of delegates performed a K-pop dance, leading some delegates to gasp in awe at their amazing talent.

Another highlight was the elected officers’ revolutionary recorder rendition of Smash Mouth’s “All Star”. Sporting clout goggles and fun vibes, the officers played, danced to, and eventually sang the timeless classic. One delegate demonstrated his impression skills, pleasing the crowd with spot-on impres- Delegates watching the talent show sions of everyone from Elmo to Richard Nixon. headed to their delegation Finally, the talent meetings. Congratulations show was concluded with a to all the performers on a spirited cover of great show! “Hallelujah” as delegates


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Uganda vs. The Democratic Republic of the Congo By: Katie Gleason

Yesterday afternoon, the International Court of Justice heard the case of Uganda vs. the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In this engaging case, impassioned delegates from Uganda and the DRC presented arguments as to whether or not the DRC should be required to give Uganda monetary support to help them deal with the influx of Congolese in their country.

While the DRC stated their belief that these people are refugees and are therefore protected, Uganda argued that the Congolese are not refugees and have not been officially classified as such by the United Nations. Both countries are in financial stress, making it difficult for either to take on the cost to support the people fleeing from the DRC. During deliberations, the ICJ consulted the Human Rights Council to determine whether the

Congolese fleeing to Uganda are immigrants or refugees. After discussion, the HRC decided that they are indeed refugees. This clarification is essential to the case, and will definitely factor into the opinion the court will publish today. While the two countries in this case had different opinions on how things should be done, they both seemed to have a common goal of maintaining the safety and human rights of the people in their region.

An Invitation to Seniors By: Sophia Forliti

For those delegates who are seniors, you may be having a hard time saying farewell to your time at YIG. The good news is, you don’t have to! There are many ways to stay involved. Recent graduates have the option to become Secretariats. These individuals help to make sure that things are running smoothly. They are experts on select conference topics. Sometimes they even assist with the study guide. At the end the closing ceremonies, the next Secretary General will invite seniors to leave their names and contact infor-

mation if they are interested in becoming a Secretariat. If you miss that, you can talk to the State Office. The Secretary General or the State Office will contact the new Secretariats before the next conference. After you’ve been a Secretariat, you have an opportunity to continue as an advisor. Delegations are always looking for volunteers to assist their delegates and chaperone. Being a former delegate especially helps when it comes to getting involved with delegations. Delegations appreciate volunteers who already understand the process, and can give advice from experience.

General Assembly Advisor Taylor Nelson was a delegate from the Eagan delegation. After she graduated, she became a Secretariat for five years. Through a student she knew, she was connected to the Delegation Director of the Burnsville delegation, and now works with them. Program Area Specialist Brent Horwart was a delegate for only one year, but became a Secretariat for four years. This is his second year as a specialist. His only wish is that he had stayed in touch with the delegation he first came to MUN with so that he would have a chance to give back.


Editor’s Farewell

By: Sophia Forliti

Hello Delegates, As the Newspaper Editor for the last three years, I have had a wonderful view of this conference. Being a part of the media has allowed me to experience as much of the conference as possible. I have been able to sit in on court cases I found interesting, talk with committees about controversial topics, and meet a variety of delegates who have a passion for everything MUN has to offer. The best part is, I can take all of these things and share them with the conference. Being in your own committee all day, you don’t get the same experience as someone in another committee, or on the International Court of Justice. This conference is too big to experience all at once. I am grateful I got to spend my years at Model United Nations in this organ. MUN is my time away from every day stressors; a break from my every day life. It has given me something to look forward to every year. It is like a little vacation, a way to get away from home. In a way, MUN is it’s own little world. There is something about being secluded in a hotel for three days that makes you forget about anything besides what the next task is. My motivation and focus suddenly increases. It is that rush that keeps bringing me back. A time limit, a main goal, and hundreds of ways to get it done. I feel accomplished with every published paper. It’s the reassurance that I can successfully work on something and get it done. This is my last year at MUN, and I couldn’t be happier with the opportunities it has given to me. I have taken on leadership positions and worked under stress. I have had the opportunity to speak in front of both general assemblies. I believe that good communication leads to success. Making and keeping connections and everything in between will only lead you to thrive. MUN gives us an environment to succeed. Not only are we given the chance to work in a professional environment and learn skills that will help us in life, but it also gives us a place to make connections with those our age who have similar passions. I can not say enough good things about my time at YIG, and I encourage incoming delegates to take advantage of this wonderful conference. I would like to thank this year’s amazing newspaper team for a great MUN.

Sophia Forliti

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