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Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS) will, once again host Pearl-MUN, an invitational Model United Nations event on May 22nd-23rd.
Pearl-MUN features an ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), a Territorial Disputes commission, an ICJ (International Court of Justice), and a Security Council.
The Security Council will offer a challenge to even the most experienced MUN students. Not only will it consider the usual list of Security Council situations, but it will also have its own Security Crisis. Crisis situations include imperfect information, "special guest stars," and real-time events.
Pearl-MUN continues to offer the only International Court of Justice in Kuwait. Again, suitable for the most advanced MUN students, the ICJ will try two cases actually on the docket for the real court. Past ICJ cases have included some of the foremost debate students in Kuwait as attorneys.
A new commission, Territorial Disputes, will target the intermediate level MUNer. The list of issues will include some of the most divisive conflicts on the globe, and students will have to arrange political alliances in order to come to solutions and treaties.
The ECOSOC functions as the event's main assembly. A large body, it suits the beginning level MUN student, including those at their very first event. The ECOSOC will have practice sessions, extensive assistance from the chairs, lobbying and merging, support materials, and its own "mini-crisis," a good introduction to MUN for the new student.
Pearl-MUN also includes some other features that distinguish it. For example, the chairs give awards for best delegates and "most charismatic," and everyone gets a certificate. This year, Pearl-MUN will invite students to apply for deputy and co-chair positions within the event.
BBS would like to extend a special welcome to non-KFSAC schools and to others new to Model United Nations. With Pearl-MUN's practice sessions, support materials, etc., Pearl-MUN can serve as your doorway to Model United Nations.
This event can only accomodate about 150 students. Therefore, interested schools should reply quickly by emailing to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Daniel R. Fruit,
Daniel R. Fruit
BBS MUN Director
Pearl MUN 2002Officers: Nouf Al-Fraih: Coordinator Nada Al-Abduljader: ECOSOC President Faisal Al-Ibrahim: ECOSOC Vice President Talal Al-Rashoud: SC Co-President Yousef Dashti: SC Co-President ICJ President: Daniel R. FruitECOSOC: Presidents:Nada Al-Abduljader Vice-President: Faisal Al-Ibrahim Argentina: Zianeb Abulhasan Armenia: Noura Al Khaled Australia: Dalia al Awadi Azerbaijan: Sara Al Dalali Brazil: Noufah Al Sabah Chad: Ghaida A-Rifai Cuba: Muneera Al Naibai Egypt: Shaima Q FAIPS: Russia, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia France: Altaf Dukair India: Manal Al Mussalem Iraq: Hamad Al Sager Iran: Omar Raafat Italy: Mishal Al-Rashoud Japan: Nasser Al Aujan Lebanon: Fatemah Boukhudour Liberia: Sara Abu-Saleh Nigeria: Amna Al Sager Pakistan: Saud Al Aujan Qatar: Alla Al Fara South Korea: Ahmed Al-Shimiri Thailand: Areej Al-Bader Turkey: Saud Al Otaibi UK: Mohammed Al Essa USA: Zaineb Al Mousa Issues: 1. Measures to alleviate the economic distress of the Palestinian people 2. Measures to guarantee affordable energy pricesContinued funding of the United Nations 3. Measure to slow the effects of the illegal drug trade 4. Measures to extend democracy in AfricaMeasures to ensure the rights of minorities within a country
International Court of Justice ICJ:President: Daniel R. Fruit Chief Justices: Ghazi Al Sharhan and Abdullah Al Asousi Associate Judges: Sarah Al Dukair and Hessa Al Malallah Judges: Sheika Al Sager, Amal
Advocates: DR Congo: FAIPS Libya: Abdullah Al Asousi Uganda: Ghazi al Sharhan/Sarah Al Dukair United Kingdom: Hessa Malallah Cases: 1. The UK versus Libya (Lockerbie sanctions) 2. DR Congo versus Uganda (invasion-related damages) Security Council President: Talal Al Rashoud Deputy President: Yousef Dashti Bahrain: Fahad Sultan China Abdullah Bourhamah FAIPS: Kazakhstan, Sudan, and the UK France: Sajah Fakhral-Deen Greece: Nada Al Mousa Mauritius: Khaled Shahroor Nigeria: Zooman Al Mesbah Norway Latifa Ben Essa Russia Khaled Al Rubei Sudan: FAIPS UK: FAIPS USA: Hamad Al Essa Venezuela: Bader Al Tukhaim
Special Guest Stars Bahraini National Movement: Khaled Kooheji Islamic Movement (Shia) of Iraq: Ali Al Wazzan Republic of Kurdistan: Hamad Al Khaled
Issues 1. Rights of space usage (Satellites/Military) 2. Sanctions against IraqFighting International Terrorism 3. West Africa (Liberia)
Ladies and gentlement, countries of the world. Imagine for a minute that the vast divisions between you, the hatred, the love, the past wars, the cross rivers, the pollution, mean nothing more than pieces in some vast complex game. Well, in every game, someone wins...and someone loses, right?
That's actually what mathmetician John Von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstein said. The technical term for this is "a Zero-Sum" game, and it's a means of viewing not just games, but life situations. For someone to win, someone else must lose. Kill or be killed.
Now, imagine something a bit different.
Think of four men in Starbuck's. Suddenly, a beautiful blonde walks in along with four brunettes. If the four men go after the blonde, only one of them, at most, will get the blonde. The others will not only get the blonde but possibly destroy the friendship between them. And that friendship may, in fact, matter far more to any of them than the blonde.
Of course, I'm referring to the kind of situation described by mathemtician John Nash. The solution he proposed: The men would all do better NOT to go after the blonde, but to go after the brunettes. None of them gets what he most desires, but the group ends up better off.
What does this have to do with the United Nations? Imagine that, instead of buxom blondes, we're speaking instead about Northern Ireland, the state of Kashmir, or, dare I say it, the area that some call Palestine, and others call Israel.
It seems to me that many of the most difficult problems in the world today most resemble a Nash dilemma. Faced with this kind of situation, I ask: What will your nations do? Will they insist on getting what they most desire, or settle for the best they can get. I think, since the answer involves life and death, sometimes for millions of people, you'll see the importance of thinking before you answer.
Let me end with a final thought. John Nash was a mathemetician. Nash suffered from madness and received treatment. I put it to you this way. It's time that we leave the madness of the zero-sum games of war and try to make our world, truly, "a beautiful world."
Argentina, Zaineb Abdul-Hassan (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Armenia, Nourah Al Khaled (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Australia, Dalia Al-Awadi (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Brazil, Noufah Al Sabah (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Chad, Ghaida Al Rifae (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Cuba, Muneera Al Nibari (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Egypt, Shaima Al Qatami (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
France, Altaf Dukair (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
India, Manal Al Musallam (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Iran, Omar Raafat
Iraq, Hamad Al Sager (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Italy, Mishal Al Rashoud Italy(click here to read the ambassador's briefing book. Italy brought personal greetings from its new businessman-prime minister, Burlesconi.
Japan, Nasser Al Aujan (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Lebanon, Fatemah Boukhudour (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
The Republic of Liberia, Sarah Abu-Saleh Liberia (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)participated in the 2002 pearl MUN event help at the BBS School. Liberia took part in the successful lobbying and merging session and merged itís resolution with Nigeria and South Africa. Liberia was the co-submitter for the issue of minorities. Luckily this resolution passed and many great countries such as the US, Britain and Russia agreed with it. Liberia had no problems and signed all the resolutions that were debated because they all were helpful to Liberia itself and to the whole world. The SC twice called Liberia to discuss the issue about sanctions and the rights and the humanitarian situation in Liberia. When there was an emergency situation about Iraq and Turkey concerning the dams, Liberia tried to solve it and make peace between those two countries. This MUN event was very successful and Liberia had a fun and interesting time and got to learn about and meet new countries.
Nigeria, Amna Al Sager (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Pakistan, Saud Al Aujan (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Qatar, Alla Al Farra (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Saudi Arabia, FAIPS
South Korea, Ahmad Al Shammari (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Thailand, Areej Al Bader (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Turkey, Ahmad Al Shamari (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
The United Kingdom, Mohammad Al Essa (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
The United States, Zaineb Al Mousa (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
The Republic of Libya, Abdullah Al Asousi
The United Kingdom Advocate, Hessa Al Mallah
The The Democratic Republic of the Congo, FAIPS
The Republic of Uganda, Sarah Al Dukair and Ghazi Al Sharhan
The People's Republic of China, Abdullah Al Bourhamah (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
France, Saja Fakhral-Deen (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Greece, Nada Al Mousa (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Mauretius, Khaled Shahroor (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Nigeria, Zooman Al Mesbah (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
The Kingdom of Norway, Latifa Ben Essa
The Russian Federation, Khaled Al Rubei (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
The Republic of the Sudan, FAIPS
United Kingdom, FAIPS
United States, Hamad Al Essa (click here to read the ambassador's briefing book)
Venezuela, Bader Al Tukhaim
Pearl-MUN Brings Kuwait MUN Season to an Exciting Conclusion
On Wednesday and Thursday May 22-23, Al-Bayan Bilingual school hosted the second annual Pearl-MUN. Students from several schools around Kuwait attended highlighted by the appearance of guest school Fahaheel Wataniyeh Indian Private School (FAIPS). While only the second "official Pearl-MUN," in fact, this continues a four-year tradition of BBS hosting a May MUN-event. The event featured three separate parts, an International Court of Justice (ICJ), an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and a Security Council (SC).
The ECOSOC featured new MUN students ranging in age from 14-16. Students began by lobbying and merging their resolutions which tried to come with solutions to (a) international terrorism (b) drugs (c) the Palestinian situation, and (d) the condition of minorities. Through lobbying and merging regional blocks emerged. Five countries successfully emerged as "main submitters," i.e. leaders and principal authors of the resolutions: Italy (Mishal Al Rashoud) and the United Kingdom (Mohammad Ben Essa)-drugs; Japan (Naser Al Aujan)-terrorism; Nigeria (Amna Al Sager)-minorities; and Cuba (Muneera Al Nibari )-Palestine. Of these resolutions, Nigeriaís and Cubaís both passed the ECOSOC assembly while the United Kingdomís failed by a single vote.
In addition, the ECOSOC handled an emergency situation which occurred when Iraq, after a US bombing, tried to deal with a water shortage by threatening military action against Turkey. In the end, Iraq signed a cease-fire allowing UN troops to monitor the situation while Turkey agreed to open some of its dams to help with the humanitarian problem.
All ECOSOC delegates gave opening speeches. The delegates of Lebanon (Fatemah Boukhadour, Australia (Dalia Al Awad), and India (Manal Al Musallam) quickly drew the world's attention as they dressed in their countries national dress. Meanwhile, Italy (Mishal Al Rashoud) made its own mark by delivering half its opening speech in Italian.
The ECOSOC recognized Hamad Al Sager (Iraq) and Mishal Al Rashoud (Italy) as its outstanding delegates while Muneera Al Nibari (Cuba) received recognition as the "most colorful" delegate. The chairs complimented this as one of the most active MUN assemblies ever as all countries made several speeches and asked numerous questions.
Meanwhile, the Security Council dealt with a host of issues including: (a) international terrorism (b) the situation in Liberia (c) sanctions on Iraq and (d) the militarization of space. The SC passed two short resolutions on Iraq and on Liberia.
The bulk of the SCís time, however, went to the emergency situation that resulted after the sudden death of Saddam Hussein. While Husseinís son in Iraq threatened military action against Kuwait, revolts began against him from both the Shia (aided by Iran) and the Kurds. Taking advantage of this situation, Shias in Bahrain (aided by Iran) attempted to overthrow the government of Bahrain.
The Security Council recognized Khaled Al Rubei (Russia) and Abdullah Bourhamah (China) while Rohan Mathur and Subramanian S. Ashish (Sudan) won recognition as the most colorful. The Security Council also recognized the outstanding performances of Hamad Al Sager (Iraq), Omar Rafaat (Iran), and special guest star Khaled Kooheji (the Bahraini National Movement). SC co-presidents commented that the quality of debate and activity at this SC surpassed that of many international events they'd attended.
The ICJ tried two cases. The first involved Libya (Abdullah Al Asousi) suing the United Kingdom (Hessa Al Malallah) for the sanctions the UK posed in reaction to the 1984 Lockerbie bombing. The sanctions, Libya claimed, violated the Montreal Convention. In the end, the court ruled that the UK must pay for the time period of 1984-1992 and 1998-date and the economic cost of the sanctions.
In the second case, DR Congo (Vinod Ramakrishnan-Radhika Thakur) sued the Republic of Uganda (Ghazi Al Sharhan-Sarah Al Dukair) for damages caused by the Ugandan military presence in DR. Congo. In the end, the court essentially made each side pay for the damage it did for the other and ruled both countries in violation of the Lusaka Agreement. The court recognized Abdullah Al Asousi and Radhika Thakur as its outstanding and second outstanding participants.
The awards ceremony specifically recognized the efforts of FAIPS towards the success of this event. This included the work of the school's coach, Rithu Mathur and student coordinator Prerna Bang.
Al-Bayan Bilingual School provided all of the officers for the event. These included ICJ chief judges Ghazi Al Sharhan, Sarah Al Dukair, Abdullah Al Asousi, and Hessa Al Malallah. Nada Al Abduljader served as ECOSOC president with Faisal Al Ibrahim as her deputy while Talal Al Rashoud and Yousef Dashti served as SC co-presidents. BBS junior Nouf Al Fraih organized and ran this event as Secretary-General.
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