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The BBS Model UN team had big plans for this year. These plans includes attending, KFSAC, CACMUN, and (for the first time) TIMUN in Istanbul.
Team Membership
Abdullah Al Asousi
Adel Al Omar
Besma Al Mutawa
Faye Al Tukhaim
Ghazi Al Sharhan
Hamad Al Saleh
Hamad Sultan
Hessa Al Malallah
Maryem Al Hamad
Mohammad Fakhral-Deen
Mustafa Malaki
Nabil Al Khaled
Nada Abduljader
Nasser Al Shaya
Nouf Al Fraih
Rakan Al Bahar
Sara Al Dukair
Saad Al Ghawas
Sukaina Fakhral-Deen
Tareq Al Rubei


Al-Bayan Bilingual School turned in a very fine performance at CACMUN 2000. Unfortunately, due to some political problems, not all of the schools originally scheduled for this event actually attended.

BBS emerged as the second best school at the event, after the host school, Cairo American College. This conclusion stems from the fact that only BBS, other than CAC, had resolutions debated in the General Assembly and that BBS wrote 5 of the 9 resolutions considered for debating. Further, BBS held down a whopping four Security Council seats, the UK, France, Argentina, and Bahrain, and clearly proved the dominent school in that forum. BBS also started a tradition at this event of delivering "the speech of the event." In this case honors go to the Sudan (see below) whose speech not only failed a resolution but resulted in even the submitters going against it.

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KFSAC 2000

BBS improved its performance slightly over the previous years at this event. KFSAC selected two BBS students as student officers. Despite not having those two students available for countries, BBS had about as much effectiveness as the previous year with probably three schools, ASK, KES, and AIS all significantly better than BBS, making BBS about the fourth best school out of a dozen total.

BBS once again earned the right to have an SC permanent member, in this case the United Kingdom. In addition, BBS also represented Tunisia, a non-permanent member. BBS also had the privelege to represent Sri Lanka, a country of high local importance, as well as Vietnam, a reputed "bad boy country."

In an event marred by out-of-character resolutions and unrealistic alliances, BBS can claim to having made the "speech of the day," not once but thrice. First, the UK's right of reply condeming Myanmar certainly drew the world's attention. Second, BBS's speech on the last resolution, by Vietnam, probably rates as one of the most humorous, but in character, speeches by a delegation. Vietnam complained of US attempts at "cultural pollution," and started to give homosexuality as an example before laughter finished the speech. Finally, the UK ended the event on a bang by explaining its veto of the "oh-so-nice" solution proposed by the other nations in the crisis because it involved the US buying drugs. Like the UK's first speech or hate, you'll certainly remember it!

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TIMUN 2000

For the first time, BBS attended this gala event held in Istanbul, Turkey. The event proved a real challenge since it came during Ramadan. Down to the last day, it appeared that BBS would possibly emerge as the best school at the event, but sickness took a toll. As it turned out, BBS emerged as the strongest school in Security Council, one of the stronger schools in the ECOSOC (despite having only delegate per country), and an average school in the General Assembly, to perform about fourth best among fifteen participating schools.

Armenia and China each made an individual impact on this event. Armenia came with its own agenda culled from extensive conversations with Armenians living abroad as well as internet research. That agenda became clear in Armenia's first speech, a right-of-reply to Turkey's opening speech. The Armenian Vice-Ambassador reviled Turkey for its poor human rights record and challenged Turkey to admit its guilt in the Armenian massacres that occurred during World War I. This speech, apparently, took the Turkish audience by suprize, and it colored Armenia's experiences at the event. Armenia often found itself opposed by individuals apparently acting out of character as well as lined up against traditional foes, Turkey and Ajerbaijan. Undoubtedly, this worked to hinder Armenia's efforts in general, but it depicts Armenia's real positions and concerns.

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THE Pearl-MUN 2001"

While not perfect in every respect, Pearl-MUN marked a breakthrough event for not only BBS but Kuwait. The following news story summarizes some of its acheivements:

Al-Bayan Bilingual School Hosts First Annual "Pearl-MUN."

This weekend, Al-Bayan Bilingual School, BBS hosted "Pearl-MUN," the last MUN event within Kuwait for this school year. The name "Pearl-MUN" stems from Kuwait's status as the "pearl" of the Middle East, and the event is an expansion of the "Mini-MUN" of previous years. Mustafa Malaki, a third-year BBS students and a veteran debate/MUN student, served as Governor-General and ran the conference from start to finish, handling all details, aided by a group BBS juniors and sophomores.

In MUN, students play the role of student ambassadors and other country representative, trying to think and act like their real life counterparts. Pearl-MUN differs from other MUN events in a number of respects. First, it's designed to train students for future MUN events and grants first priority to students and schools new to MUN. Second, it invites ALL schools in Kuwait. Third, it features a number of innovative features. Third, it emphasizes regional organizations.

This events' biggest forum, the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), included just over forty countries. ECOSOC Chair Nouf Al Fraih, assisted by Shadi al Suwayeh, both sophomores, handled the ECOSOC with Nouf gave a superb opening speech highlighting the importance of countries acting to improve the future. The ECOSOC passed resolutions from Brazil, Khaled Al Humaidhi, and Cuba, Ahmad Al Kulaib, as well as handling a tricky emergency situation involving the sinking of a Greenpeace ship in the Spratleys. The delegates of Cuba, Ahmad Al Kulaib, and Iran, Fatma Ibrahim, received special awards for presenting their countries admirably.

Meanwhile, the Security Council, headed by juniors Mohammad Fakhral-Deen and Adel Al Omar, handled security issues. The Council passed a single resolution on Gulf Security, dealing with Iran, and a concluded an emergency situation involving a terrorist incident in Russia, in which a "secret protocol" allegedly calls for international troops to storm the terrorists' hideout. Russian delegate AnirudhVemprala received special recognition as the most charismatic delegate at the event, while the US, Aziz Al Ateeqi, received an award as the effective delegate.

Pearl-MUN featured the first International Court of Justice Case ever tried in Kuwait. Chief Justices Maryam Hamad and assistant Nada Abduljader, presided over a group of seven judges as Iran, Nabil Al Khaled, sued the US, Saad Al Ghawas, for destruction of oil platforms during the Iran-Iraq War. Iran won the case and received a compensation award of $1.2 billion- though the US plans an appeal.

Pearl-MUN featured two guest schools, along with BBS. The American Academy for Girls set girls to ECOSOC, and set a school-first by serving as the United Kingdom on the Security Council. The Fahaheel Wataniyeh Indian Private School set a number of firsts, becoming not only the first Indian school in Kuwait to participate in an MUN event, but also the first Indian school to serve on an MUN Security Council, supplying Russia (Vemprala), Colombia (Anajali Koppal), and Singapore/ASEAN (Gayatri Hege and Jaisimha Rao). BBS, as well as supplying the officers, provided the support staff, the ICJ judges, and over fifty delegates to this event.

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In Conclusion

2001 provd a memorable year for BBS MUN. Next year can only prove more exciting and more challenging.

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