So, the first STA MUN conference has ended, and…overall, today I must say it’s not too bad for the initial conference, but there are several areas that I thing could be better.
Like any other conference, today’s conference kicks off with the usual opening ceremony and school photographs taking. Me and 3 other students from STA were in the Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL) II committee. There were 3 issues up for debate – the establishment of the BRICS, youth’s access to education and employment, and Scotland’s independence.
Right at the start, I noticed that things started to not go my way. Firstly I found myself in a position sort of isolated because of me representing China. That shouldn’t be an issue, but what turned the situation was the fact that I have to partner up with inexperienced delegates (delegates of Russia and India) and I had no choice but to lead the group in drafting the resolution, of which I had virtually no experience in doing so, despite the fact that I’ve been to 5 MUN conferences since year 12, and…what’s more tiring is the fact that the delegate of Russia, who is coincidentally in my tutor group, kept trying to make me writing down what he says, even though some of them doesn’t sound right. But we managed to get a resolution submitted in the end, with the delegate of Russia reading out, even though I’m responsible for drafting it.
Now, what really put me down is the fact that this Russian delegate kept asking same questions over and over, even though I noticed that either some of his questions didn’t make sense or it has been answered, and eventually he went off to some sort of continuous arguments with delegates up at the front. The chairs could have issued warnings, but…I doubt the chairs weren’t that experienced at chairing, so they don’t issue any warning. This was so annoying to the point that I even tthought of putting forward a motion to band this Russian delegate from speaking, either submitting it myself and hope that the other delegates will vote for it, or convince the delegate of Sweden who was my friend to convince other delegates to support this motion, in order to secure a pass, but that never came true.
Break was around 10:00 or so, I can’t remember the exact time. After break, things became even more weird when…that voting nomination thing came up. The nomination thing was normal, but the timing of it was very unusual, but…I later discovered that due to very few delegates, the chairs decided to merge the 2 SPECPOL committees into 1. But…that’s the start; soon after the merger, instead of proceeding to debate other topics, the committee decided to go straight to the emergency issues instead, which is…alright I guess. In fact it’s probably not that appropriate to call this weird since I seen this emergency issue thing came up before, during ISBMUN.
Since everyone had absolutely no background, there was tsome time available to do research and to draft resolutions, which isn’t too bad given the fact that I no longer have to lead the team.
Lunch was at around 12:30. The food was pretty typical of what I saw at school everyday. Lunch finishes at 13:20 or so, and the debating continues.
And…here comes another sort of hilarious/epic part, when the delegate of North Korea gave speeches there were several references to ex-North Korean leader. The content wasn’t epic, but what’s epic is the way it’s being put forward, I.E the tone.
Perhaps the weirdest thing that I saw is, like Regents Pattaya conference, the last issue was debated, but without formal, written resolutions, but only speeches, due to time constraints. This is very weird because the issue was being rushed through when it’s not even 15:00. This already suggests to me that this conference will finish early, and…eventually it did, with the closing ceremony at 15:00.
Oh…another thing that almost made this conference bad is…the trolls. Yes, they’ve managed to do something, but I was able to successfully thwart their attempts and there were no further incidents.
So, overall this conference was not too bad, although it’s just kind of weird at several times. Oh…I forgot to mention, for some unknown reasons I was chosen as the best and most hard-working delegate in SPECPOL 2.
Anyways, that’s it for now…