• Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GCIMUN 2014:
LEARNING GLOBAL DIPLOMACY

Arnab Chakraborty
The writer at Global Classrooms International Model UN.
The writer at Global Classrooms International Model UN.

Recently, I attended the Global Classrooms International Model UN that is a convention of students from around the world in order to make them aware of current issues alongside learning different cultures and the art of democracy. My programme was between June 15 and 17, 2014. Before the launch of our programme we submitted 'Position Papers' that described the current situation of our country involving the related topic. The programme started with opening ceremonies, personally attended by the Secretary-General of UN Ban Ki-moon. After opening ceremonies, we went to our respective halls of work and I was representing Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) at the General Assembly Third Committee.
We first gave our opening speeches that clarified our respective countries' positions on the topic which was 'Protection of Human Rights Defenders'. After I and my fellow delegates gave our opening speeches we moved on to moderated caucuses. Moderated caucuses are discussions and speech on a certain related topic. Then we moved on to unmoderated caucuses which is when every one is allowed to move about he hall in order to create a caucus bloc, brainstorm ideas about the resolution, and gain more support. It involves a lot of talking, lots of 'Yes' and 'No', and there are always those guys who think they are the boss and come barging in your caucus bloc. Well, after four sessions that were stretched over two days of such activities, we came to the final day when we had to submit our draft resolutions. My bloc's resolution presented the idea of enforcing the protection of HRDs and creating a platform for mutual respect between the government and the HRDs. After we submitted out draft resolution, our dais accepted it. When all the blocs submitted their draft resolutions, we moved on to voting procedures. My bloc's resolution passed by 45 in favour, 10 against and 20 abstaining. I was ecstatic on hearing the news. We went to the closing ceremony where everyone thanked us for being a part of the GCIMUN 2014 and expressed their hopes of seeing us again next year.

Published: 12:00 am Thursday, July 03, 2014

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