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On May 17-18, BBS hosted its second annual mini-MUN. Secretary-General Saad al Ghawas headed while Nabil al Khaled and Mustafa Malaki served as Security-Council co-presidents. BBS was, and was always thereafter, the strongest school at this event in terms of resolutions, debating, officers, by any standard.
For the first time, BBS successfully hosted other schools. These include the British School in Kuwait (BSK), the English Academy in Jabriya, attending their first ever MUN event, and the American Creativity Academy (ACA). This event also gave BBS's new MUNers a chance to show their skills.

This wasthe last Mini-MUN under that name. Since more schools wanted to come, and numbes started to grow, I came up with the name PEARL-MUN, which afterwards served as the event name.

Saad al Ghawas led the ECOSOC as president as well as acting as Governor-General for the event (click here to read the governor-general's report which includes ALL the resolutions debated).

The EC debated the following issues:

1. UN initiatives on AIDS
2. The growing crisis of developing nation debt
3. UN initiatives on the illegal drugs

Saad provided the following comments about the ECOSOC:

BBS’s MMUN 2000 event saw three resolutions debated and an emergency situation responded to. Two of the three resolutions passed by a large majority and the third failed but came very close to tying or passing, the difference was only three votes. This event should be considered a great success for the UN because the two resolutions that were passed are excellent and help to resolve some of the more important issues presented in the ECOSOC.

Many delegates spoke passionately when critical issues were brought to the table of discussion. The resolution on AIDS had popular support while most delegates seemed to share the same opinion on the drug issue: it must be resolved! The debt crisis issue was not debated due to a lack of time. This was due to the great amount of time the Secretary General allocated to speeches concerning the emergency situation since the Secretary General gave this higher priority.

The emergency situation was not very dramatic but very serious. As soon as the emergency situation was announced, many delegates seemed at a loss as to what they should do. After some encouragement from the Secretary-General, many delegates were eager to speak on the issue. The emergency situation was resolved when the countries directly involved brought the crisis to a peaceful conclusion by signing a treaty and coming to an agreement on all the factors presented in the situation. It was a very professional conclusion to a serious and possibly dangerous situation.

The Emergency Situation in the ECOSOC

The emergency situation included a possible future scenario, a hacker sets off a financial panic. In this case, the a Vietnamese-American hacker did the damage to benefit his relatives in Vietnam. The hack, however, stole funds from the Japanese banks. The guilty party tried to escape before detection, but ended up in India, (click here to read about the entire emergency situation) leaving India, Vietnam, the USA, and Japan all involved.

General Assembly Highlights
As expected, BBS delegates spoke among the most times of any school. Below are some of the GA highlights.

Great Britain-Mohammad Fakhral-Deen

The UK emerged as probably the dominant country in the GA. This process started through the UK's well-organized and run lobbying and merging and its campaign to line up support on its resolution issue. The UK's plan on third-world debt, however, died through lack of enough debating time (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book.)

Saudi Arabia-Nouf al Fraih

Saudi Arabia principally wrote the one resolution actually passed in the GA, on drugs. Further, Saudi Arabia single-handedly shot down India's AIDs resolution with a well-planned attack on its lack of specifics. (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

India-Mais al Sartawi

India stood out for two reasons. First, its plan on AIDS managed to reach the GA floor before dying. Second, it had to make an important decision in the crisis situation: Keep the girl in India or let her fly to Vietnam. (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

St. Lucia-Abdullah al Assoussi

St. Lucia took a very active role in all debates and particularly distinguished itself on the debt issue. (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

Syria-Nada Abduljader

Syria spoke several times. It stood out, in particular, in its one country attack on the drugs resolution. It brings to mind a famous Ghandhi quote: "Even if you are a minority of one, if you are right, it is enough." (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

Vietnam-Maryem al Hamad

Vietnam found itself, much to its surprize, at the center of the world stage in the crisis situation. It defended its position, especially against Japan, numerous times. (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

Japan-Sukaina Fakhral-Deen

Japan spoke on economic issues. However, Japan spoke the most on the crisis situation in which it demanded that Vietnam return the money.(click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

Chile-Ghazi al Sharhan

Chile had a lot to say on the debt issue on which it worked closely with the UK. Unfortunately, the delegate was called away to serve in the SC. (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

Russia-Hessa Malallah

Russia suffered a fate that sometimes happens to even the greatest of countries: not getting called upon. Still Russia asked several quesitons. (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

Poland-Sarah al Dukair

Poland merged several clauses into the AIDS resolution authored by India.

Italy-Besma al Mutawa

Italy spoke on the debt issue. (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

The Security Council

BBS ended up bearing the brunt of the SC. With several schools withdrawing, BBS ended up taking three important chairs: the US, Russia, and China, the latter student receiving his assignment only a week before. Nabil al Khaled and Mustafa Malaki served as SC-Co-Presidents. Their report includes (click here to read their report) one passed resolution and a signed treaty for the emergency situation

The Emergency Situation in the Security Council

The emergency situation involved two different parts of the world: the Middle East and Far East. The North Koreans try to solve their economic problems by selling weapons to Iraq. The Russians, trying to break the sanctions (hoping to do business with Iraq again), agree to ship the weapons. When a US naval vessel tries to stop the Russian ship carrying the weapons, the problems begin. Meanwhile, North Korea, with China's apparent support, threatens the South (click here to read all about the situation and read the signed treaty).

SC Country Highlights

The United States: Mustafa Malaki/Nabil al Khaled

As should be the case, the US dominated the SC. This found the US at frequent odds with Russia and China. The emergency situation, in particular, proved a serious challenge for the US, but they emerged unbowed (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)

China: Adel al Omar

China probably emerged as the surprize country of the event. Even two weeks before the event, Adel was Malaysia (click here to read the ambassador's incomplete Malaysia briefing book) When another school withdrew, however, China moved to the challenge. Particularly note-worthy among several strong speeches, was China's plan to take the Hong Kong solution and apply it to Taiwan (click here to read the ambassador's incomplete China briefing book).

Russia: Yasmeen al Mousa

Russia learned the phrase "national sovereignty" very well. Russia stood firm on this principle and firm on the issue on Chechnya to reach a controversial decision that you can read about (in the SC president's briefing book.)

Bahrein: Shadi al Suwayeh

Bahrain emerged as the "voice of Moslem brothers around the world" and stood up to Russia on the Chechnya issue.

Guest Countries in the Emergency Situation

Iraq: Ghazi al Sharhan

Iraq had several chances to denounce the US but didn't end up with the weapons it feels it needs.

North Korea: Huda al Mousa

North Korea acheived its long time aim of getting US troops to leave South Korea. Will they invade tomorrow?

South Korea: Mohammad Fakhral-Deen

South Korea got the North to stop threatening them (for awhile anyway).

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