Brentwood Delegates are Tops at Vancouver Model UN
On January 27th, nine eager students left for downtown Vancouver to attend the 2011 Vancouver Model United Nations. Model UN is a simulation of the real meetings involving 196 countries and nearly 600 student delegates who came from as far afield as New York.
After weeks of research and preparation, starting Friday morning, Toby D and Nisan A were delegates from Uruguay and The Philippines to the Special Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), Georgia K and Christina H delegates from Niger and Panama to the World Health Organization (WHO), Zhi-Yao C and Alex K delegates from Niger and Guatemala to The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Head Delegate Shannon B and Calvin S as delegates from Israel and The United Kingdom to the Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC), and finally Ian M was John F. Kennedy, the moderator in the western bloc of the Joint Crisis Committee.
During the committee sessions, delegates made allies and devised resolutions on topics such as cyber warfare and also faced prolonged disagreements with delegates representing countries of opposing policies. All committee members also had to attend a crisis session at midnight on Saturday involving such emergencies as a small pox pandemic and the movement of Israeli troops into Egypt. The delegates could not retire back to their rooms until a resolution was passed which was, on average, three and half hours later.
After three days of collaborating and debating, and with very little sleep, Calvin S and the laryngitic Alex K finished with Outstanding Delegate awards; Shannon B, impressively, received the Best Delegate award. The weekend was fabulous and memorable. A motion to adjourn until next year was unanimously passed just before the Brentwood team departed the conference in style.