Humans of GCIMUN

“I think my most self-defining moment was when I was applying to college and got accepted to my dream school. It meant a lot to me because my mother came here to NY from Trinidad with dreams for me, and I feel like I fulfilled.”

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“Home. I miss the people…People talk to you differently and treat you differently.”

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“I’m loud.”

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“I am a graffiti artist..so I think one self defining moment was when I got to top-five points. It’s basically a largest graffittee museum. At that point I knew that I wanted to do art. I figured out what I wanted to do.”

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“My biggest struggle is probably societal and cultural expectations. I am expected to be ambitious and do what I love and what I’m good at, but then there’s the culture expecting me to do things that have naturally been accepted into it. And what I want to do now doesn’t really reconcile those two. I’m trying to reconcile the two. “

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“One huge self-epiphany that I had was when I was watching the 2010 winter Olympics when I was just entering college. I watched the Olympics and I knew I wanted to do something international because I loved the way everyone came together to create something big.”

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“I’m currently taking college classes as well as doing a bunch of extra-curriculars…The hardest thing is doing all that and also supporting my sick mother.”

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“Interview me! The camera loves me too much.”

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Crisis in Security Council

 

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By: Jordyn Schor

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at GCIMUN2014 is a continuous-crisis committee discussing Yemen’s current unstable situation. The country has had a history sectarian conflict since its birth and also struggles with terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda who threaten to seize control of the government and cause much national instability.

This morning, the UNSC received a crisis stating Al-Qaeda has taken control of a region in Yemen and has declared itself a new state. Al-Qaeda claimed to be saviors to the people and now wish to establish a state similar to Hamas-controlled Palestine. Although it seeks United Nations recognition, the U.N. currently refuses to recognize it.

Although the delegation of Chad expressed that her country would not be able to provide any sort of aid to the Yemeni government, she would be in favor of sending military into Yemen to support the legitimate government. Chad started off the committee session with a more neutral stance towards the conflicts in Yemen, however, their progression has caused her country to take a firmer stance in support of the Yemeni government.

The Russian Federation too gives it support to the Yemeni government, as well as other forms of aid which were expressed in draft resolution 1.4. The working paper further discussed the Russian Federation’s support of Yemeni IDRs (internally displaced refugees) and refugee camps. They call for NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to support these camps and their refugees, as well as to aid Yemen in increasing and improving its infrastructure. In addition, it asks the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) to oversee the creation of jobs and also aid in improving infrastructure.

In an interview with one of the delegates representing Russia, the delegate stated that her country does not support military action in Yemen. She added that her country would like to establish direct communication between Yemen’s legitimate government and the Yemeni people. On another note, it was her first time in UNSC at GCIMUN and she has been realty enjoying the experience. She expressed that the smaller committee size made debate more intimate and allowed it to be more in depth. In closing, she stated that attending GCIMUN has been an amazing opportunity.

A Second Day with Angelic Alihusain-del Castilho

By Morcel Khwajazadah

On the second day Angelic Ailhusain-del Castilho visited the UN Women committee, she answered many questions that the delegates had. Del Castilho shared that working with the Peace Corps for some time she got that satisfaction of serving. She gave insight on what she might want to do in the future and it was either being a member in the parliament or one of the ministers in the cabinet, but in her dreams she would want to be president.

She was asked by the delegation of Ukraine, Abdul Razak Abubaker, “if women don’t know how to promote themselves, wouldn’t many say such people would not play a benefactor to a role in governance?
Del Castilho answered by saying that we have to teach women “the methodology and the way we show the shine.” “If you want change, do it yourself,” del Castilho said as she shared how when she was young she decided to join people that were going to stand for something. She also strongly supported how women can be involved in any profession of their choosing. Even though you’re a girl that definitely does not mean that you should let your dream go. She explained that as long as there isn’t a law against the job against what you want to do you should go for it.
There was a discussion about how parents put restrictions on their children and how that should be dealt with. Angelic made it clear that there should be communication established between children and parents.

She gave an example of how she spoke to her mother and explained to her why she wanted to things that she was interested in. Miss Castilho then made a point about how parents are afraid and
how as a child you should ask them “what is your fear?” and it is mainly an issue of trust. This is why parents have to be met halfway. Miss Castilho ended off on how her main support was her family and the support they gave her that has helped her succeed in the things she’s accomplished till this day.

Security Council: The Situation in Yemen

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By Morcel Khwajazadah

The United Nations Security Council has authorized imposing sanctions against
any person who interferes with the political transition in Yemen or any violation of human rights.
The resolution includes the freezing of assets of certain people in response to an ongoing crisis in which a drone crash in Yemen killed many children.

The delegation of Chad, Laine Forber, said that “right now we should not be sending military troops to fight but to send them to try and correctively fix the situation, they have many troops but they are not that well educated and that was our major backing.”

“A drone has practically crashed into an orphanage which was like a children’s school, a bunch of little kids died and I didn’t know it was going to get so sad,” Forber said.

Some believe that unmanned drones are helpful because they help us get rid of terrorism.

However, they also cause damage. The president of Yemen said that it is acceptable to still use drones, which angered the people of Yemen because many lives were lost.

The resolution being drafted offers a temporary cessation to the use of drones so that the people can calm down and there can be no worries about rebellion.

The delegation of Lithuania, Tim Kyle, was a part of the same resolution and gave his take on the ongoing issue.

“Human rights are the most important here and we are against the United States who want to put boots on the ground and stop terrorists using force,” Kyle said. “We think that if we recentralize the government and provide aid to the people we will win popular support and we are with half of the countries on that stance.”

New York, According to Non-New Yorkers

By: Jordyn Schor

Whether they’re from around the United States or the Eastern Hemisphere, GCIMUN is sure to be filled with delegates from all over the globe. For many, it is their first time in New York.

In an interview with the delegation of Swaziland, two students from London discussed their expectations about New York and what they found when they arrived here.

Coming into GCIMUN2014, they believed the conference would be rigorous and the chairs strict. They were surprised at how relaxed their committee and dais is.

The delegates also noted how congested the New York air is, how straight the roads are compared to those in their hometown, and how bright Times Square is.

While they enjoy spending time in the cities, this time of year is busy for them and they could not enjoy the city as much as they would have liked to.

Delegates from South Korea representing Congo thought of skyscrapers, the Empire State Building, and busy streets bustling with people when they thought of New York City, and they were not let down.

One of the delegates expressed a love for Shake Shack, but also noted that the Big Apple has poor Wifi access.

The two shared that they were mesmerized by the architecture and loved the city, but would not want to attend school here.

In closing, they brought up that this GCI conference is very different from the conference in South Korea

Daryl Goodreau, a member of the International Press Corps, lives in Wisconsin. Before coming to New York, he imagined it to be dirty and filled with garbage and litter.

However, once he came here, he was surprised at how clean the city was. He greatly admires the city’s architecture and was amazed by sights such as Central Park and the Apollo Theater.

 

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Debate in ECOSOC

By: Morcel Khwajazadah

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If someone is an environmental migrant or eco-refugee, these are both terms used to classify EDPs or Environmentally Displaced Persons. In the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) there was a lot of heated debate going on about resolutions and how to merge certain ideas that embody the same idea.

There were several blocs that expressed views on how to avoid risk zones and make sure that more people are in safe zones.

The topic of the committee was EDPs and where people should go if they get hit by a natural disaster. Delegates were discussing what would happen to the documentation if their homes were too destroyed and where they would take shelter.

The delegation of Indonesia, Arpita Tahsin, shared what she contributed to the resolution.

“For Indonesia we had rehabilitation camps instead of refugee camps because refugee just kind of narrows it down to just people from war and if we wanted to do rehabilitation camps we just kind of generalize the whole topic,” Tahsin said.

The main objective was to introduce measures to assist these people in times of disaster, so the paper included sub clauses such as education, medical aid, and job placement.

Delegates hoped that including job training and instruction would help refugees return to their normal lives.

Overall, there were many ideas that delegates presented and tried to merge in resolutions while putting aside differences.

Fast times at FAO

By Elizabeth Varghese

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At GCIMUN, the large number of delegations and students in a committee can make it difficult for everyone get on the speaker’s list or even have their voice heard at all during the

committee. However, in the Food and Agricultural Organization, almost every delegation had spoken about the topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – an impressive feat for a committee of 66 countries, around 120 students.

According to Ilana Weisman, the committee’s Assistant Director, the debate has revolved around using GMOs to combat hunger and poverty and the health effects ingesting them. Many countries want to ban privatization of certain DNA sequences used in creating GMOs, but still want to promote research about them.

Weisman has especially been impressed by the quality of debate.The committee originally began with eight working papers and they have cut it down to

three. The countries were able to overcome their regional differences along with the help of the dais.

The delegation of Sri Lanka says, “It’s been fun participating in all the cooperation and the merging.”