Tonight we finished the last session of the first BUMUN – Bahrain Universities Model United Nations – organized & prepared by AMA & GOYS. It was a very nice event, as I got to know more people from other Universities and had a true chance to meet & discuss current issues happening in the world. I was the representative of Japan in the General assembly – in case I didn’t mention previously – we talked about almost everything, from Women’s Rights in Bahrain to Crime Prevention in Spain, and from Bird flew to problems about Darfur and UN Peace Keeping Forces…
Merging & lobbying to debates, and from points of personal privileges (in case you wanted to go to the bathroom, for example 😛 ) to Point of Parliamentary Procedures (The Triple P 😉 )… And from voting against something to voting with…
Actually Kingdom of Bahrain’s resolution was denied – and I was one of the members who voted against the resolution – because it lacked many stuff, and needed some serious additions – although the merging & lobbying process seemed as if everyone was fine with it. All in a sudden, the honored delegate of Bahrain came out with a VERY strange amendment clearing that – men are the main reason of women’s backwardness – DUH! C’mon! As if women don’t take a part of the responsibility themselves. Some boys were offended by such operative clauses and started cursing in a very low voice (like the honorable delegate sitting next to me!)
I even added my name to the speakers list, stood on the podium and said that “if all women voted for women here in Bahrain, and all men voted for men, more that half of the parliament would consist of women, but unfortunately women themselves don’t trust each other and therefore let men take charge and blame us (men) for that!!!!”. Even those who were in favor of the resolution turned against it, leaving Bahrain and some other countries facing their destiny when we moved to the voting procedure. The majority voted against that resolution and… It did not pass! That was the end of day 1…
Day two – which was today – is another story. We started from the early morning debating, merging & lobbying about Spain‘s resolution. OK things went better than Bahrain‘s resolution and we could end up with an amendment that could satisfy all sides, after a fair lobbying & merging session that took around 40 minutes and everybody was able to say what they had in mind – unlike Bahrain‘s L&M… Maybe because Bahrain‘s unlucky resolution was the first to be discussed… Poor girl! My heart was torn when I looked at her after voting on her resolution ended.
The honored delegate of Syria couldn’t find a single resolution for his satisfaction, so simply he kept on denying resolutions one after another, standing on the podium explaining why we should say no, why we should deny almost each and every resolution, and because of this he won the Diplomacy Award, along with 4 others.
I was nominated to get one when I interrupted the honorable member of the Netherlands who co-submitted a resolution that banns drug trafficking and gave all the reason in the world. I asked for the right to speak, and when I got the chance I attacked the delegate of Netherlands saying that “How could you ask to ban drugs, and help writing the resolution of Drug Trafficking Ban in the same time that you ALLOW people in your country take drugs???” but unfortunately it went to those who worked on resolutions more than those who talked and did “the real diplomacy”. Anyways, the Chair apologized to me saying she would have chosen me although it had to pass by other administrators and had to minimize the list as much as possible. I appreciated that apology from her.
All in the sudden, runners with emergency crisis about an Outbreak of Bird Flu in Bahrain which made an exceptional UN General Assembly summit (I doubt it 😛 ) discussing ways of treatment, contamination, quarantine & using proper methods to fight the disease. The UN GA split into two camps: US & Iran, which was supported by Japan & France – consecutively – of how to face such crisis, and the Honorable Delegate of the US did the IMPPOSIBLE with the help of the delegate of Bahrain to find ANY points of weakness in Iran’s & France’s resolution – which was to be discussed first – in order to drop it. The difference in votes was VERY little – about one vote only – (most probably my voice 😛 ) and it did not pass. They moved to the second resolution about the topic and everybody had to agree to it – as NO ONE voted against the resolution!!!
Anyways, that was how the day ended. We were given certificates, and trophies for Diplomacy Awards (I really wanted to have one! 🙁 😛 ), signed each other’s pictures in GOYS booklets about the event, took pictures, went to Fuddruckers, had a great group dinner, took more pictures, sang a song, good-byed everyone with warm hugs, and headed back home… WoW! It was an unforgettable event! Ms. Doris nominated me to become a Chairperson for next year’s event, and told me what procedures I have to take in order to be nominated for the Chair. Looking forward to become one next year 😉
For all of you guys from BUMUN reading this article – I love you guys and I really would like to see you again, it was a pleasure debating, L&M, attacking defending pointing motioning & all other things we did down there – gonna miss ya alot! Please if any one have the pictures, please send them to my e-mail, I am going to appreciate this! Thanx alot!!!!!!!!! Take care and see you next year!!!!
Bye bye, and good night 🙂