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AMMUN 2003
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Bayan attended the second annual AMMAN, the Amman Model United Nations in Jordan hosted by the Amman Bacheloriate School. The event includes two General Assemblies, school-organized trips, and social occasions.

Pictures courtesy of Nasser Al-Aujan
New Articles by May Al-Zuiter

The Al-Bayan Jordan travel group.



This represented something of a high water mark for BBS. Nearly half of the resolutions sucessfully lobbied and merged came from BBS. In particular, two countries stood out. France and Japan lobbied and merged all of their resolutions. Of this group, France managed to sucessfully pass a whopping three resolutions, and a fourth which passed really belong to a BBS student in content if not in name. Similarly, Besma Behbehani was "really submitter" of his resolutions.

Confidence abounds.



The following is a list of main submitters and co-submitters (Click here to read all of the resolutions.)

Canada:
Mays Al-Sa'ad: Disarmament and Military Expenditure, PASSED GA ONE
Khaled Shahroor: National Sovereignty and UN Charter

Cuba:
Ahmad Al-Shammari: Disarmament and Military Expenditure
Basma Behbehani: Division of Iraq
Amna Al-Sager: Prisoners of War and Extradition,

France:
Khaled Al-Rubei: Stability and Development in West Africa, PASSED GA ONE
Mishal Al-Rashoud: Divsion of Iraq, PASSED GA TWO
Nasser Al-Aujan: Combatting International Terrorism, PASSED GA THREE
Altaf Al-Dukair: African Sustainable Development, Sort of PASSED ECOSOC

Japan:
Hamad Al-Sager: Nuclear North Korea, PASSED GA ONE
Saud Al-Subaie: National Sovereignty
Dheidan Al-Shammari: Genetic Engineering and Screeing
Moh'd Ben Essa: African Sustainable Development, FAILED ECOSOC

Switzerland:
Laila Barghouti: Genetic Engineering and Screening

Syria:
Abdullah Al-Mdaires: Nuclear North Korea, PASSED GA ONE

Turkmenistan:
Bader Al-Mailem: Division of Iraq, PASSED GA THREE

Uganda:
Muneera Al-Nibari: Combatting Terrorism, PASSED GA THREE


Meanwhile, several other students distinguished themselves with fine speaking performances. Saud Al-Subaie (Japan) and Khaled Shahroor (Canada) dominated their assembly while Dheidan Al-Shammari and Ahmad Al-Shammari (Cuba and Japan put in some superb performances) came forth with their usually talkative performances. Amna Al-Sager (Cuba) also managed to worry "the weed."



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Invitation Letter
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To: Head of School
CC: MUN Director
Re: Amman Model United Nations Conference 2003

The Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) is proud to host the second annual Amman Model United Nations Conference (AMMUN), scheduled to take place between the 4th and 8th of December, 2003, and held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sarvath El- Hassan.

The conference has expanded its horizons on various levels, as we have planned to add a Third General Assembly Committee, an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). We will also be conducting several MUN workshops and hope to produce a daily MUN news sheet.

With these new additions, we strive to structure our conference to resemble the actual United Nations. Normally, these changes will result in an increase in conference size, so we have decided upon a range of 250 to 300 delegates from various schools in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Apart from the heated debates that we look forward to in the conference, we have arranged several excursions for students that will give them opportunities to meet and interact with each other, such as a full day expedition to Petra - a beautiful city of Nabatean ruins carved out of mountains - and a party at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

This five-day conference will incur a cost of about $350 for every student and supervisor, including a stay at a five-star hotel, transportation to and from all scheduled events, and the actual costs of the conference. This fee does not include the airfare. However, AMMUN has been able to attain discount rates with the Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ).

The ABS is aware of international interest in all aspects of MUN, so it has been decided that international students can apply for chair and press positions. Upon reply, please specify the number of students interested in such positions so that we can send application forms.

Please reply via phone, fax, or e-mail confirming your school’s interest. Please include the approximate number of students you hope to bring, as well as the number of chair and press applications requested.

Thank you for your time. We appreciate your support, and are more than willing to answer any questions! We look forward to welcoming you to AMMUN!

Sincerely,

Anas Sarhan
Secretary General
Hagop Taminian Deputy Secretary General


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Issues
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General Assembly Committee One - Disarmament and International Security: (Click here to read the officer's pre-briefing material)

1. The containment of the risk of nuclear proliferation in North Korea.

Recently, North Korea has shown defiance to the UN by openly proclaiming its possession of nuclear weapons and nuclear development programs. The UN and other nations have shown their concern to disarm such countries of these weapons of mass destruction, but the situation becomes sensitive since some nuclear weapons can be claimed to be nuclear energy sources. The committee will seek to find a peaceful resolution to contain the risk of North Korea’s nuclear developments, bearing in mind the sensitivity of the situation and the Non-Proliferation Treaty.


2. The trade-off between the trend of increasing military expenditure and development, and the resultant effect on international peace.

The committee will examine the possibility of organizing a global effort to reduce the increasing spending on military purposes, whereby part of these military investment budgets can be reallocated to other efforts in hopes of increasing member countries’ rate of growth. Another issue of concern is the effect of this increased spending on military expenditures on international and national peace and security.


3. Maintenance of international security: good neighborliness, stability and development in West Africa

This topic will address the current armed conflict in West Africa, along with the spread of disease, which further exacerbates the situation. Hopefully, a peaceful resolution will be instituted so as to strengthen relationships between these countries.


General Assembly Committee Two - Special Political and Decolonization:

1. The role of UNRWA (United Nations Relief Work Agency for Palestine) and other relief agencies in the possible creation of a Palestinian state, and their role in current host refugee countries should the right to return not be established.

In discussing this topic, the committee will define a course of action to be taken by relief organizations to expedite the possible settlement in the Israeli-Palestinian topic. Also, the committee will address the situation of Palestinian refugees in neighboring Arab countries should the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement not entail a "right to return" for these refugees. (Delegates are reminded that this debate will not be a discussion about the terms of peace between Israel and the Palestinian people)


2. The conflict between national sovereignty and the right of the international community to intervene in the domestic affairs of other countries.

With the growth of terrorism and counteraction taken to eliminate it, this controversial issue has been raised time and again, and will be addressed in this committee. The committee will concern itself with establishing a set of guidelines to identify the conditions under which it is necessary for other countries and/or the international community to intervene in another sovereign country’s national affairs.


3. The division of Iraq and the possible establishment of political autonomy along religious and national lines.

In examining post-war Iraq, it seems to be essential to discuss minotiry groups in Iraq hoping for political sovereignty, including the Kurds. This committee will appraise each minority’s geographical, religious, social and political situation and will decide on a course of action pertinent to each minority group.


General Assembly Committee Three - Legal:

1. Measures to legally combat international terrorism and the growth of supra-national terrorist groups.

The international community continues to be threatened by terrorist groups wrecking havoc and causing destruction around the world. Unfortunately, no consensus has yet been reached regarding what defines a "terrorist" or a "terrorist group", and hence, the work of the international community in combating terrorism is becoming increasingly more difficult. The committee aims to devise methods to legally combat terrorism, but must first reach consensus regarding the controversy of the word.


2. International regulations dealing with the use and misuse of genetic engineering and screening.

For some time, especially after the "Clonaid" organization claimed its cloning of a human being in early 2003, the world has been in controversy regarding the morality and legality of cloning - therapeutic or otherwise. Furthermore, the increasing use of genetic screening, whereby people are given DNA tests to determine certain unfavorable traits they might posses, is adding to the controversy of the use of genetic engineering as it increases discrimination among people. The committee will address the legality of genetic engineering in light of this information.


3. Defining and modifying the rights of prisoners of war and the scope of extradition law.

Delegates in this committee will assess the scope of extradition law and laws dealing with the treatment of prisoners of war (POWs), wounded army members, and other international political prisoners in light of the Geneva Convention


Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC):

1. The role of the UN, WHO, and other NGOs in clearly defining and implementing global strategies regarding the use of tobacco, bearing in mind any economic impacts of decisions taken.

The WHO has expressed its deep concern over the increasing trend regarding the use of tobacco in recent years. The question aims at adopting strategies to curb the use of tobacco, while simultaneously bearing in mind that the production and taxation of tobacco can help keep entire economies from collapse. Will there be a compromise between health and economic welfare?


2. The role of the United Nations system in supporting the efforts of African countries to achieve sustainable development.

The United Nations Division for Sustainable Development defines sustainable development as the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Obviously, the dire situation in Africa - ranging from poverty, disease, and famine - entails that it is indeed difficult to sustain this African generation. The council will devise methods to deal with the constant depletion of resources in Africa and ways to help meet the present and future needs of African countries.


3. Strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations.

Our world today is in an increasingly precarious position, as floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters coupled with wars and diseases threaten the very existence of entire civilizations. The repercussions of the outbreak of these scourges are indeed worrying: death, collapse of social structures, and economic destruction to name a few. As it is difficult to track the outbreak of these afflictions beforehand, the council must address methods to strengthen the emergency assistance of the UN to countries affected by this wide spectrum of adversity.



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BBS Prepares to Travel Article
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By May Zuaiter, group reporter

Eid break, to most Kuwaiti students, meant time spent in personal relaxation and recreation. But not for the dedicated Model United Nations group at Al Bayan Bilingual School, which spent that long weekend poring over research, reviewing country positions, and finalizing speeches in preparation for BBS's second appearance at AMMUN, the Amman Model United Nations group.

In Model United Nations, students portray real ambassadors trying to come up with diplomatic solutions to world problems. Commented MUN Director, Dr. Daniel R. Fruit:

"It's not so easy as it might sound. An ambassador not only must write a resolution, his resolution must reflect an understanding of a country and so must his speeches. He doesn't want to "pretend" to be France. He wants to BE France."

Indeed, Dr. Daniel mentioned France for a good reason. BBS's group of nine countries includes this volatile, American-baiting Security Council member, along with Communist Cuba, Malaysia, Japan, Syria, Uganda, Turkmenistan, Guinea, and Switzerland. MUN groups ever to depart from Kuwait Airport. Amongst the group are Hamad Al-Essa, who will serve as vice-president of the General Assembly's First Commission, and new students such as Nouriya Al-Sager, a ninth grader. The reporter interviewed both students.

Interviewer: How do you see your role as Chairman of a General Assembly Committee?

Hamad: I ‘see’ my role as chairman not different from any other. I hope to regulate the debate while intervening as little as possible, and allow all diverse opinions to be heard. .

Interviewer: How will you handle the challenge of having countries such as France and the United and outspoken Cuba all in the same room:

Hamad: That is not really a serious challenge. Friction between such nations is only natural. In the rare occasion that a nations exceeds its limits and goes beyond civil diplomatic conduct, it will face consequences. .

Interviewer: What differentiates a good resolution from a bad one?

Hamad: A good resolution is one that takes action and actually make a difference in the world, and does not just blow air.

Interveiwer: You are the only Kuwaiti chairing a committee in Jordan. What were some special qualities or acheivements of yours that may've led to your selection? Do you see yourself as a role model?

Hamad: I've served in several MUN Security Councils. Last year, I received an award as the representative of Germany.

Interviewer: Nouriya, this is your first trip with the MUN outside Kuwait. Are you excited?

Nouriya: Yes, I'm very excited. By travelling, not only do I get to act the part of a nation, but I also get to do this while visiting another nation.

Interviewer: Apparently you're also the ambassador of Malaysia. What were some challenges you faced in preparing your group?

Nouriya: Well, just as it's hard to get countries to work together, it's also hard to get students to work together. We have busy schedules and many things to do to prepare. As ambassador, I must also coordinate their work. It's a big job.

Interviewer: Former president of Malaysia, Muthanir, had some very harsh words to say recently about Israel. How will you respond if other countries attack Malaysia for his remarks:

Nouriya: His remarks are not exactly condoned even by my own nation. I think he was trying to criticize the Arab countries for not becoming as influential and rich as Israel, but at the same time criticize the US for letting Israel control its foreign policy. It'll be interesting to see how students respond to these remarks.

Interviewer: Looking back, what would you tell an 8th grader who wants to go to MUN?

Nouriya: Definitely, its challenging yes, but it's fun also.

The BBS MUN group will be accompanied by chaperones Mohammad Sartawi and Khitam al Khouli. Dr. Daniel R. Fruit and Dr. Anthony Newkirk serve as MUN directors.

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On the Road Again
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Hey, kids let's take a trip.


We are ready to go.


The captain has turned off the seatbelt sign.


Thankfully this hotel has a big lobby.


Okay, a few people are tired anyway.


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Historic Petra
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Al-Bayan, as guests of the host school, visited historic Petra. To read more about this site, click (here to read about historic Petra.



At the entrance to Petra.


Stone outcroppings.


Altaf makes an attempt to replace part of a missing stone statue.


The later Roman Coloseum.


Will the real Indiana Jones step forward?


Hamad and Ahmad enjoy the scenery.


Students visit a Sabean suburbs


Dr. Anthony matches Abdullah's dare by climbing.


Rock climbing gone mad.


It looks much better in the guidebooks.


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Lobbying and Merging
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In the marketplace of ideas, only the strongest ones "sell" and give students the needed twelve signatures."

A tension-filled ECOSOC lobbying and merging session.


Basma employs her forceful style.


Mishal bides his time before speaking.


Moh'd has convinced Ala'a anyway.


This is your international consortium


All set and ready to lobby.


A more formal look at BBS.


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Al-Bayan Officers **************************************************

Probably the dominant school, BBS also provided the dominant officer in Hamad Al-Essa, who ran probably the most professional and productive assembly.

The best officer: Hamad Al-Essa.



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Al-Bayan in the Newspapers **************************************************

Al Bayan’s Journey to Jordan

By May Zuaiter, a current BBS student

From December 3rd-7th, Al-Bayan Bilingual School's Model United Nations Group attended the second annual AMMUN, Amman Model United Nations.

The group of thirty-four students dominated with half of the resolutions accepted for debate coming from BBS students, the best committee led by Chairman Hamed Al-Essa, and BBS students of nine countries successfully passing a whopping total of eight resolutions.

The superpower group of France, led by Khaled Al-Rubei, led the way, passing a total of 3 resolutions and provided working clauses of a fourth. Japan, ambassadored by Hamad Al-Sager registered the significant accomplishment of having every student as the main submitter of a resolution (plan) for his assembly. The resolutions of Nasser Al-Aujan (France) and Muneera Al-Nibari (Uganda) passed by overwhelming majorities.

Other BBS students made their mark as speakers. Khaled Shahroor and Saud Al-Subaie emerged as the dominant voices in their assemblies. In his assembly, Dheidan Al-Shammari, Japan, made a particularly strong presence. He gave numerous speeches and challenged other countries by asked tough questions. Cuba's ambassador, Amna al Sager, made her mark in a more provocative manner, calling the US a "weed in a bed of roses"; she later thanked "the weed" for a good speech regarding terrorism.

Most astonishing of all, freshman Mays Al-Sa’ad (Canada) and Abdullah Al-Mdaires (Syria) passed resolutions in their very first international events.

The event, however, included more than just learning about other cultures: BBS also experienced them. Amman Bacheloriate School guided the visitors to the astonishing ruins of Petra, the long civilization of Jordan and the scene for the Indiana Jones movies. Constructed to perfection by Nabateans, early Arab people, Petra was renowned for its intricate architecture and the aptness of its water channels, dams, and pools. The diverse delegates spent their time getting to know each other whilst learning a lesson, viewing an amazing artifact of history. Throughout the five-day trip, the delegates toured the city of Amman after spending long hours of working at the event.

Our BBS students did exceptionally well, and they were also the group showing the "most enthusiasm" quoted by the AMMUNition newsletter. Just as Jordan left an impression on BBS students, BBS students left Jordan a very strong one of their country.



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Al-Bayan Countries **************************************************

Canada
Khaled Shahroor-Political/Decol. and Ambassador
May's Al-Saad-Disarmament

Canada


1. Mays Al-Saad, Disarmament:

During the AMMUN conference 2003, I learned many lessons. In this event, I learned the most about MUN and debate. In KSAA, I only learned that MUN is "kill or be killed." However, in AMMUN I learned the opposite of that. I learned that if you are prepared and know what your doing, no one can prove you wrong. Also, you should be respectful to others, so that they respect you. Further more, I learned more about how to socialize with other people. I’m looking forward to the next MUN event.

Canada's tenatious defense expert.



2. Khalid Shahroor (ambassador): Political and Legal

In AMMUN 2003, I learned the importance of the correct representation of your country (Click here to read the ambassador's briefing book). Ever since I started taking MUN, all the countries I have interacted with have represented their countries according to their countries foreign policies. In AMMUN 2003, I witnessed people who didn’t undergo this essential, yet easy process. For example, North Korea, who is currently labeled as the ‘axis of evil’ by the US, voted WITH the US on nearly every single resolution although some clearly attacked its own country. The US also showed signs of weakness when the delegate voted AGAINST democracy. In KSAA, I was in ICJ, and witnessed no such thing, but Jordan bought to my attention the significance of not acting on how you believe, rather acting to what your country believes. I also learned about the importance of the admin. staff, since I received and sent more than 200 notes in one day.

Khaled debates his heart out.


The People's Democratic Republic of Cuba
Amna Al-Sager-Legal and-Ambassador
Ahmad Al-Shammari-Disarmament
Besma Behbehani-Political/Decol.
Fahed Al-Rushaid-ECOSOC

The People's Republic of Cuba


Ahmad Al Shammari, Disarmament

In the Disarmament committee, Cuba was one of the most revered and respected delegates. It was always with constant attacks and retorts to the US speeches. In one case, it destroyed a whole resolution, and made sure only the co submitters who wrote the resolution are the only one voting. In addition, Cuba did make "excellent speeches" going for the resolution. In the North Korean issue, Cuba made sure that the resolution submitted by Japan pass. It made sure that the 4 parties sign the treaty. It also made sure that the resolution is well explained and replied to the whole attacks fully.

Ahmad tries to influence the chair.


Besma Behbehani, Decolonization

In the political/decol committee, Cuba was respected a lot. At the beginning Cuba faced some troubles with the resolution it became a main co-submitter to, when North Korea wasn’t listening to Cuba’s ideas and changes for the resolution. However, at the assembly, North Korea regretted all it have done to Cuba, whereas Cuba sent amendments that have corrected the entire resolution and made it pass. Cuba received 12 notes from different countries congratulating it on its work with the resolution and excellent speeches. Cuba also became a main-submitter, to a great resolution that had many signatures to. However, it didn’t pass, because the chair changes his mind about the resolution, due to them wanting to only discuss unifying Iraq not dividing it.

Besma convinced Noufah.


Amna Al-Sager, Ambassador and Legal

In the Legal committee (GA 3), the Cuban delegate and ambassador (Click here to read the ambassador's briefing book) managed to get 18 signatures to pass her resolution as main submitter, but unfortunately the chair did not pick Cuba’s resolution to be debated in the GA. Nonetheless, the Cuban delegate in the legal committee made the conference a truly memorable one by causing some excitement in the GA as a result of continuously attacking the delegate of the United States of America and referring to the US and its military base in Guantanamo Bay as the "weed." During the opening speeches Cuba made a truly rich speech attacking the US that received an amazing reaction by all other delegates that were present. The delegate of Cuba livened the assembly by holding a Cuban cigar, which is a symbol of Cuba and received several warnings concerning the cigar. It was an especially tense event, and I really enjoyed representing Cuba.

Would you let this woman sell you a cigar?


Fahed Al-Rushaid, ECOSOC

The ECOSOC was a catastrophe for Cuba, the first day, which was Lobbying, and merging Cuba failed to become a main submitter due to the evil and unfair votes of the submitters of the resolution. Although Cuba played a leading role in gathering the submitters of the resolution and later selecting the proper clauses the Egyptian school students ganged up against it and did not vote for Cuba to become main submitter. Later the following sessions the chair, co-chair and the secretary general failed to keep control of the Ecosoc delegates. However Cuba was successful in doing two things. The first was to fail a resolution submitted by the U.K and the U.S.A that was terrible, and the delegation of Cuba convinced most delegates that the resolution was all wishes and did nothing. The second thing Cuba was successful in doing was to pass the resolution it was the main co-submitter of, and was able to convince all nations that the growth of tobacco shall no stop.

Fahed: the friendlier face of Communism.




The French Republic
Khaled Al-Rubei Disarmament and Ambassador
Saud Al-Subaie-Political/Decol.
Nasser Al-Aujan-Legal
Altaf Al-Dukair-ECOSOC

The French Republic



GA(1), Khaled Al-Rubei, Ambassador

In GA (1) and overall (Click here to read the ambassador's briefing book) France had a very productive event. The issues in GA 1 ranged from the threat of nuclear prolifiration in North Korea to the stability in West Africa. During lobbying and merging France lead the African nations and submitted its resolution backed by Geunia, Serria Leone, Nigria, and many other nations. In the North Korean issue France backed Japan on its effort in dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Duing the assmbley France spoke as co-submitter for Japan’s resolution which was the first resolution to be passsed. When debating France’s resolution France spoke and yeilded to Guenia, the assembly was convinced with the resolution that no one spoke against it and it passed nearly unanimously.

More French resolutions debated than American has Khaled's head spinning.



GA (2) Mishal Al-Rashoud,

In the AMMUN event I had a very productive time in the lobying and merging session. I came out as a main-submitter on an issue I did not right a resolution on, I achieved this with my very smart and adequate speaking skills. I also achieved being a main-co submitter. In the issue I passed my resolution which was on the UNRWA’s role in creating a Palestinian state, and Turkmeniistan and I passed a resolution I was a main-co on which was about establishing an Iraqi government. I was kind of disapointed with the quality of debate. Had it not been for Al-Bayan students the whole event would have been very inactive and tasteless.

Mishal displays his European cut suit.



GA (3) Naser Al-Aujuan,

The AMMUN Event held in Amman, Jordan was one of the most successful events I ever participated in. France in the Third General Assembly merged successfully, for it was the main-submitter on the the terrorism issue, backed by most of the European nations, including Spain, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Russia, Norway, and Italy. Although the chairs were alittle bias towards their schools, France’s resolution was chosen to be debated and passed with an overwhelming majority after a benifisal debate, which most delegates talked for including Isreal and Palestinian National Authority.

Nasser consults with his Japanese counterpart.


ECOSOC Altaf Al-Dukair,

The AMMUN Event, which was held in Amman, Jodan, was truly a succesful one. The coubtry for France consisted of 4 deligates: Khaled Al- Rubie, the Ambassidor, Altaf Al-Dukair, the Vice Ambassidor, Nasser Al- Aujan who was in the the Third Assembly, Socual committee and last but not least, Mishal Rushoud where he was in the Second Assembly, Political/ Decol. In the ECOSOC Assembly, at first lobbying and merging was a total catastrophe, due to the chair being not only biast, but unexperienced. They sided for their schools while being predjudice towards the Al-Bayan students. After the nightmeare that was lobbying and merging, the next day the event was held in the Intercontinental Hotel itself. It was imprtersive and benifisial, but the deligates of ECOSOC sided and voted for wrong and unmeaningful resolutions. France was a main subitter for one resoltion and a main co-subbmitter for the next. I debated continusiosly for resoltions that would hopefully pass and some resolutions that would hopefully fail. France proved a very useful point about sustainable developement in Africa, where I single handedly changed many deligates’ minds about voting against these resolutions. It was my first time in the ECOSOC Assembly and hopefully it won’t be my last.

Altaf displays her intensity.


Guinea
Ahmad Al-Jouan-Disarmament and Ambassador
Lamia Al-Loughani-Legal
Maha Sartawi-Political/Decol

Guinea


Ahmed Al-Jouan, Commission One:

In AMMUN I learned how to work with other people from other countries. In this conference I learned how to become a better speaker, defending Guinea’s point of view on world affairs. As an Ambassador (Click here to read the ambassador's briefing book), I learned how to lead and organize my fellow country delegates. The other delegates in my committee where great delegates because they assumed their responsibilities. I helped other delegates if they needed help. I cooperated with other people to pass resolutions, and reached compromises to pass successful resolutions. I was proud to represent my school at the AMMUN conference. It was a very good experience which I wish to repeat in the future.

Ahmad: Guinea's master strategist.


Lamia Al-Loughani, Commission Two:

Ahmed was a great ambassador to me. He dedicated his time, explaining to me important procedure’s and basic information I should concentrate on. During the AMMUN conference I learned so much. I learned how to act as a professional delegate and a diplomat. I learned how to negotiate with others and be self independent. I also learned how to cooperate with people from different countries. It was an amazing experience and I had the time of my life.

Guinea's world walker.


Maha Sartawi, Commission Three:

I learned from the AMMUN conference that MUN is much more professional than what I saw in Kuwait. They take it more seriously, and it is more enjoyable. You feel that you are making a change, that you really are a delegate. Me, acting as a real representative of Guinea, I felt the power of it. In AMMUN resolutions are much more interesting than Kuwait. The number of people are less which us better because the chair will let more of us talk although Canada and Japan are the countries which spoke the most!

Maha is off to an important meeting.



Japan (Nihon)
Hamad Al-Sager-Disarmament and Ambassador
Saud Al-Subaie-Political/Decol.
Dheidan Al-Shammari-Legal
Mohammad Ben Essa-ECOSOC and Vice-Ambassador

Japan


Japanese Ambassador: Hamad Al Sager, Disarmament

Truly, AMMUN was the most successful event I have ever endured in my MUN career and was equally meaningful to my group (Click here to read the ambassador's briefing book). I became a mainsubmitter to a resolution that has passed with anoverwhelming majority. I have met with new people, and have succeeded in strengthening the relationship with my current friends. In the Disarmament comission, with chairs such as Hamad Al Essa and Manaf Aboshaker, I truly felt like a true diplomat. A true delegate in the United Nations. I truly believe that if my passed resolution was presented in the true United Nation’s generalAssembly,I believe thatit would also pass. This is how excelent I believe my resolution is.Having a group such as a group that I already have is an honor. They have sent their work on time, did their work proffessionally, and had become main submitters to their resolution. Dhiedan, Saud, and Mohammed, Thankyou. Thankyou for being a group that did not trouble me, but made me proud. Thankyou Mohammed for being suchan excellent chaprone. And lastly, thankyou Dr.Dan for helping me succeed in what I succeeded.

Hamad exults at Japan's performance.


Saud Al-Subaie, Legal

As my first trip with the school I enjoyed this trip very much, everything about it was great and it could not have gone better, except about my resolution. At the event there were very little few skilled people so there was no competition for Canada (Khalid Shahroor) and myself to destroy or support any resolutions we felt that way about, basicly we dominated the field. One thing that I could applaude was the great ammount of orgnization that was presant at the event showed a that they put a large ammount of time and effort into preparing for this annual event. They made me, and I am preaty sure everyone els happy to be apart of the

Saud prepares to destroy a resolution.



Dhiedan Al Shammari, Decolonial

Speaking about my actions and achievments that I have done in AMMUN. Initially I was the most delegate to speak at the podium in my General assemble which was general assembly three. Every resoloution that I attacked failed and every resoloution that I supported passed which presents a great succes in my debates technique. Yet the BEST thing I have done in AMMUN was an action that made three directors, if not four, admire me for my intellegence. The move which impressed all the directors was that I spoke in time against yet I supported the resoloution. I started my speech saying that I urge all delegations to vote against this resolution then I moved into a era of complementing the resoloution and projecting the good parts about it. Before I end my speech I told the assembly that I urge all of them to cote against the resolution and mentioned befor I end that my ending parts were sinseless yet what was between them is pearls. When I received points of information I replied on them previewing that this resolution is good and contradicting myself which urged all nations to vote for the resolution. Directors applauded me for my act because I prevented countries from speaking against this resolution.I urged all countries to vote for this resoloution, using time against, inderectly.So I think that my achievments in the AMMUN were extraordinary.

Dheidan, the unconventional Samurai.



Mohamad Ben Essa - Vice Amabssador, ECOSOC

Truly amman was the most successful trip I ever endured in my MUNcareer, in this event I became a main submitter for the issue of the development of the african countries, but after they debated it did not pass the ECOSOC because the ECOSOC at amman was really terrible and it was realy bad compared to the other commisions, this was the worst event in the matter of the assemblies but it was the most successful.

Moh'd prepares for another tough ECOSOC session.


Malaysia
Yousef Al-Qaoud-Disarmament and Ambassador
Sarah Fakhral-Deen-Political/Decol.

Malaysia


Yousef Al-Quaoud,

Being part of the AMMUN sessions in Amman, Jordan, I have learned many things. For starters I have viewed how other delegates from other schools work and their way in lobbing and merging or debating resolutions. It was a successful experience for me also in traveling with the school making relations with the other AMMUN delegates where I had fun after all the work I had done, it was worth it. Also, this event was much different than the first event at AIS, the procedures where a little different and we were dealing with students that took the course in different teaching ways and had different ideas on how things should be. Being part of AMMUN was a very successful and fun experience that I’m looking forward to other events in the coming years.


Yousef wants to climb higher.


Sara Fahral-Deen,

During the 5 days we spent in Jordan, I learned a whole lot. First of all, I learned about the Jordan’s culture and country. Furthermore, I learned a lot about the MUN conference there, because there are a lot of differences between the conferences in Kuwait and Jordan. I also learned that speaking in public isn’t as scary and frightening as it was in the beginning. Not only that, but I think after the trip to Jordan I became more social, and I was able to mingle with people easier. Moreover, I thought that the conference would go really bad, but only the first day was bad, the rest were very fun, because that is when I started to get a hang of public speaking, how to make on the spur of the moment speeches, and how to ask somewhat reasonable questions. Throughout my stay at Jordan, besides having fun debating, I had an exhilarating time going shopping, too, since I love shopping. Finally, the trip to Jordan was a really meaningful trip where I learned a lot, and had a lot of fun, too.


Sara prepares for action.



The Swiss Confederation
Sarah Al-Muzaini-Political/Decol. and Ambassador
Fatema Abdulkareem-Disarmament
Laila Barghouti-Legal

The Swiss Confederacy


Fatma, Political:

To our trip to Jordan for the AMMUN conference, we learned how to be self independent. We had fun at night and got to know some Jordanians. They were very polite and kind. As for the conferences, they were very interesting because there was a lot of discussing and everyone took part in them. The Swiss delegation talked a lot in the assemblies and made good neutral points. That was a very nice and unforgetful trip. I hope to go back to Jordan for another AMMUN conference soon.

Fatema is ready.



Sarah, Decolonial and Ambassador:

During the AMMUN conference, a lot of participants benefited greatly. They benefited by meeting new people and making friends as well as expressing and listening to different point of views and even discuss politely. It was a very rewarding and great experience because the conferences were most successful and the trip to Jordan was very exciting. Each delegate and ambassador (Click here to read the ambassador's briefing book) was given a chance to talk and present his/her ideas and point of views. Also, when a lot of delegates worked to together, they came up with very effective and strong resolutions. This definitely showed that teamwork is one of the main keys in solving even the smallest problems. As for the touring in Jordan, it wouldn’t have been as fun or interesting if it hadn’t been for the delegates hospitality and their kindness. I hope that I will take part in another AMMUN conference because it was very enjoyable.

Sara convinces Maha.


Laila, Legal:

AMMUN was different from KSSA. First of all, people that were in AMMUN came from many different countries. However, in KSSA, delegates came from different schools and one country. I learned a lot of things that deal with different world issues. I even learned how to convince people to vote for certain resolutions. It was very successful because the delegates there knew their issues and resolutions very well. As for KSSA, most of the delegates fought even for the wrong things. The chair was very fair and the delegates were all polite. They all made sure that our trip to Jordan interesting.

Laila feels perfectly at home.




The Syrian Arab Republic
Abdullah Al-Mdaires-Disarmament and Ambassador
Abdullah Al-Ibrahim-Political/Decol.
Ahmad Al-Qamlas-Legal

The Syrian Arab Republic


Abdullah Al-Mdaires (ambassador)

In this conference in Amman I represented Syria and I was the ambassador of Syria (Click here to read the ambassador's briefing book). I hoped that I represented Syria in a good way and explained its different point of views. In addition I became a main submitter of a resolution and that was debated unfortunately it failed because I was not there to talk for it one of my co-submitters which liked to make fun talked for it. In this conference I accomplished everything a person could accomplish. My strategy at the conference was based on getting signatures even if the cost was lying. many delegations dropped from signing my resolution cause the delegate of Canada made bad propaganda against my resolution and she even didn’t share the same view.

Abdullah explores the past for keys to understanding Syria.


Abdullah Al-Ibrahim

It was a very exciting experience In Amman I really enjoyed my time over there. It was fun I learned lots of things especially in the event. First I was very confident when I gave my speech. Then I learned how to insult and defend a resolution in much better ways. That was a very nice experience.

Abdullah studies a resolution.


Ahmed AL-Qamlas

In the Amman Conference I had learned a lot of important points related to MUN. I had learned to act as an professional delegate. I had made some Jordanian friends. I learned how to merge, and how could I identify good from bad delegates; it was very different from Kuwait. There were many different rules in Amman from those in Kuwait. The school that lobbied and merged were some of the most amazing schools I personally had ever seen.

Ahmad studies his history.



Turkmenistan
Abdullah Behbehani-Legal and Ambassador
Bader Al-Mailem-Political/Decol.
Nasser Al-Qatami-Disarmament

Turkmenistan


Commission One: Nasser Al-Qatami

This is my second time in a real MUN conference. The first was AIS which I only got one main Co. But this time, I had two main Co's which I really think is excellent for a beginner like me. I had some trouble at first with my resolution so I had to spend two whole day and night, not sleeping for 48 hours working on it. Amman was a real experience for me. Am looking forward to going to other conferences later on.

The enigmatic Nasser Al-Qatami.


Commission Two: Bader Al-Mailem

In my point of view Turkmenistan had a very successful event in the AMMUN event. As the delegate of Turkmenistan in GA2, I had our resolution passed, with 24 for and only 16 against. It was a very good debate we had two of the most powerful countries against us, that were US and UK. Thanks to aid from France, Canada, and Japan we were able to get it passed. We played a good role in many debates concerning many issues, and we tried to make sure that only the best resolutions passed. In the end it was a very good event for Turkmenistan and we were able to prove to them that Turkmenistan plays a role in this world.

Bader studies a resolution.


Commission Three: Abdullah Behbehani

This was my first attempt at being an ambassador (Click here to read the ambassador's briefing book). I believed, perhaps prematurely, that this would be a fairly easy task, but my group had several members all of whom were inexperienced. I set for myself a very difficult task as Turkmenistan had to write a resolution on countries violating national sovereignty. How can you write a resolution about preventing countries from breaking the UN charter without writing a resolution that itself violates that charter? None of the resolutions successfully answered this riddle, and this made writing about this issue particularly difficult. For our country, I was quite proud of the performance of Bader who emerged as main submitter and came up with a good plan for solving the problems of our Turkoman brothers in Iraq.

Tall as the steps.


These Cubans just keep popping up.



Uganda
Noufah Al-Sabah-ECOSOC and Ambassador
Muneerah Al-Nibari-Legal
Ala'a Al-Sayer-Political/Decol.

Uganda



Ala'a Al-Sayer, Decolonization and Political

This was my second event. I represented Uganda in the decolonization committee. My resolution held a pretty good solution to the problems facing Iraq. In fact, the two or three delegates who viewed it thought it was excellent. Unfortunately, not many people saw it. During the actual sessions I spoke a few times only though I had many ideas. It was difficult to overcome my shyness.

Ala'a makes a friend.


Muneera Al-Nibari, Legal

The second annual Amman Model United Nations was a great experience where Al- Bayan Bilingual School students excelled in performance. As the delegate of Uganda in the legal commission where the issues discussed were measures to legally combat international terrorism and the growth of supra-national terrorist groups, international regulations dealing with the use and misuse of genetic engineering and screening and defining and modifying the rights of prisoners of war and the scope of extradition law. Uganda a country suffering from terrorists itself choose the first topic and presented an excellent resolution that solves the problem very well by offering incentives for countries to help and punishments for those who aid terrorists, it also involved agencies outside the United Nations such as Interpol to create a terrorist database, and the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to dry up funding of terrorists. The resolution passed the committee without a strong opposing voice as those opposing the resolution were very few. It was a very successful event for me.

Muneera takes a meeting with Amna.


Noufah Al-Sabah, ECOSOC and Ambassador,

Uganda believes that the AMMUN event was a prosperous and successful event. The ECOSOC was an ideal council in which a lot of resolutions concerning banning of smoking, humanitarian aid, and African development were passed and succeeded. Uganda felt that those issues were very important to the UN and the wellbeing of the whole world, and so voted accordingly. Uganda helped pass a resolution on the banning of smoking submitted by the UK. Uganda had a significant role in all the debates except the ones it couldn’t attend due to its delegate encounter with bad health.

Noufah shows her strong African spirit.



Writing it all down: Mays, Group Writer

Mays works on her best-seller.



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Taking in the Local Color **************************************************

Ms. Khitam, hard-working chaperone


We're hungry enough to eat the menus.


A duty free salesman's nightmare


I'm so inspired. Maybe I should write a Western?


Living out a stereotype.


This was fun. Now, let's lean the other way.


An airport invasion


Dr. Anthony: hacking away.



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AAGMUN and Guarding the Dojo
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Security Council President at AAG. Saja Fakral-Deen prepared the following matrial for her attempt at running a Security Council. (Click here to read the pre-event briefing book)



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The exit sign
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Okay, so these are pictures of last year, but we'll update them when we go to Amman this year.
Moh'd: hardest working male chaperone.


Goodbye Jordan.


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