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28 students will be attending LEMUN (Lemun Model United Nations) in Holland. We travel the 16th to the 23rd, but the event is the 18th to 20th. We'll be representing six different countries: Mozambize, Albania, the Netherlands, Iran, Italy, and the Philippines. We're honored to have been chosen to represent the host country as our performance will be under great scrutiny. Iran will naturally take center stage in the event given the controversies surrounding it. Iran is Abdulaziz Al-Mutawa, Abdulaziz Al-Bahar, Reem Al-Thekair, and Yasmeen Dashti.BBS will also be the opposing side in the International Court of Justice Case. We're only one of two schools to be involved in the ICJ, considered the most difficult forum in the event. These students are Sarah Al-Muzain, Mohammad Al-Mailem, and Ahmad Al-Jouan (Lead Attorney).
LEIDEN MODEL UNITED NATIONS, A GREAT SUCCESS.
Leiden Model United Nations (LEMUN) (November 2005) was a great success.
More than 400 experienced delegates from 15 countries discussed various world problems such as: Mobilizing and Coordinating the International Response to Environmental Emergencies, the Improvement of the Relations between the Islamic and the Western World, Reducing the Risk of Pathogen Recombination that Might Result in Pandemics, the Situation of Democracy and Human Rights in Belarus.
Highlights of this years conference were: the preparatory visit to the Peace Palace in the Hague for the participants in the ICJ, the new crisis committee which brought students on a roller coaster of international events, the guest speakers from Leiden University, the historical tour for MUN Directors and of course Saturday's dance. The cooperation with the University of Leiden once again proved an excellent help to the high level debate during the conference.
Leiden Model United Nations is set in the characteristic building of the Stedelijk Gymnasium in the historic town of Leiden. The school was founded in 1341 with Rembrandt van Rijn as one of her former, famous students. The school is positioned ideally within walking distance of various bus and train stations.
Involvement, experience and knowledge are keywords. Fresh ideas and new solutions our motto. The cooperation with Leiden University and the fact that more than 70 % of the delegates are experienced make for an excellent conference with high level debate.
Bring on the Dutch
For more information of the conference we refer to www.lemun.org
On November 15th , at 12:00 midnight the MUN (Model United Nations) students from Bayan Bilingual School, considered among the finest in Kuwait, waited in the airport for their flight. They were off to Leiden, a quaint little town in near Amsterdam, Holland. Leiden was also the hometown of Rembrandt , the master of light and famous Dutch painter. Every year, LEMUN a major MUN event, is hosted by one of the local Leiden schools and this year, BBS was the only school to be present from the Middle Eastern region.
The BBS students arrived at Amsterdam airport safe and sound after a long and tiring plane ride. The weather was cold and rainy. The Holiday Inn hotel in Leiden was adequate for keeping them alive for the next 6 days. It turned out not many of the students wanted to sleep even though many hadn't slept all on the airplane. We all went to Leiden town and ate Subway subs while touring the very pretty little town's beautiful old churches and local shops and cheese stands. As it got dark outside and the chill was too much to bear, we went down to a little restaurant by the canal and nearly fell asleep in the steak.
The second day was also a day of relaxation before the LEMUN actually started. The ICJ members (International Court of Justice) from BBS met up with their opponents from the hosting school in the train station and went to The Hague to visit the Peace Palace. It was breathtaking, just like something out of a fairytale. It was enormous; all made out of old stone, with towering turrets and incredible stained glass windows. On the inside was even more beautiful, with its sweeping entrance, bejeweled urns and valuable statues and sculptures. After the Hague they were talken to the world-famous Rijks Museum, where Rembrandt's most famous painting, The Night Watch, is on display. Later on, the ICJ members met up with the rest of the students, who were touring Amsterdam and visited the Ajaz stadium.
Day three was the first day of the event. There was a lot of excited chatter on the breakfast tables and the ICJ members had been up sice 5 in the morning in the business center making last minute adjustments. That day was for Lobbying and Merging. This means that the students would lobby their resolutions with other students from the same commission as they are in and then find another resolution similar to theirs and merge it into one. By the end of the day, all the BBS students got enough signatures from co- submitters to get their resolutions approved by the panel, and nearly all of them were main-submitters! At the closing of day 1 of LEMUN, selected ambassadors made their opening speeches in the General Assembly. The highlights of the speeches made by BBS students were when the Delegate of Iran shunned Western Imperialism by throwing his tie on the floor and walking off stage after heavy criticism directed towards the USA and the strong but heartfelt speech made by the Delegate of the Philippines that warned the GA of the damage certain countries were inflicting on the ecosystem of the Philippines that is on the brink of collapse. The BBS students were off to an excellent start.
The second day of LEMUN was a very important day for the ICJ and the delegates alike. That day, the ICJ was to present their nine hour case in the courtroom, extremely impressive compared to the 1 hour long case of their opponents. The Bayan team was representing Serbia-Montenegro and they were trying to prove that they hadn't, as accused by Croatia, committed genocide. After a flawless opening speech given by the three representatives, the judges attempted to dismantle their entire case and deem it unworthy of being presented based upon rules only just brought to light. Ironically, these rules only seemed to help Croatia, who were from the same school as the judges. After a long discussion between the students and the MUN Directors on the fairness of the situation, they decided that Serbia-Montenegro would proceed with their case excluding the section they did not approve of. This unfortunate incident only served to fuel the BBS advocates passion towards their case and did not at all hinder their performance in the courtroom. The BBS team was incredible, their facts and knowledge on the case were limitless and backed by stacks of papers from countless verified sources. The speeches were inspired, strong and brilliant. Every single issue raised by Croatia against Serbia-Montenegro was countered and destroyed. By the end of the day in court, Serbia had very little doubt that they would win the case. This year's ICJ made us feel proud to be from BBS.
Meanwhile, at the General Assembly, approved resolutions were being debated. All BBS students were main-submitters. Most of the time it was the few BBS students, out of the hundreds of others, who were speaking. They had had a fantastic day. Every single BBS resolution was passed that day! It was truly a day for celebration! The students represented their countries very well and proved again the excellence of their school's MUN program by presenting all the correct information at all the appropriate times and having a solid comprehension of their country's policy and background. As the students exited the building, they were feeling encouraged to be even better the next day and carry on their success to the very end. That night they celebrated at an MUN party at a club in town.
Day three was nerve-wracking for the ICJ. At the beginning of the day, a visiting professor from the university in Leiden was going to give a presentation on what he found while visiting and examining demolished Croatian villages. After that, the ICJ members went back to the hotel and time seemed to crawl by as they awaited the verdict that was to be announced that night by the judges.
Meanwhile at the GA, BBS resolutions were still being debated and passed (only 2 out of many did not) and the rest of the delegates were getting tired of "those delegates from Kuwait" but they kept going strong and debating their resolutions. At the end of the day at the school, the Judges announced that Serbia-Montenegro had won the case at the ICJ. This was met by a roar of applause by the group of Kuwaitis. Then, the President of the GA thanked the admin staff and all the people that had participated in LEMUN 2005 and declared the conference officially closed.
Despite the presence of 30 schools, BBS students lobbied, merged, and passed in committee a somewhat incredible 24 out of 28 resolutions. Approximately 60% of the resolutions debated came from one school. Out of the 8 resolutions selected for debate in the General Assembly, five came from BBS, and 4 out of the 6 that passed came from BBS students as well. The local press named Abdulaziz Bahar as one of the two oustanding debators at the event.
Kuwait School Dominant at European Model UN Event
On November 16-21st Al-Bayan Bilingual School traveled to Leiden in the Netherlands to participate in LEMUN 2005, the Leiden Model United Nations, and turned in an impressive performance.
Model United Nations is a program in which students portray ambassadors of various nations and deal with the very issues and conflicts that these professionals encounter on a daily basis including, pollution, arms, terrorism, and even war. Participating in a foreign event such as LEMUN requires students not only to miss school but also to journey to far away, in this case the Netherlands, and compete with students from other countries. LEMUN participates included nearly 500 students from Germany, the Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom.
BBS students represented a total of seven countries, i.e. Italy, the Republic of the Philippines, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Albania, Mozambique, and the Netherlands itself. Saoud Al-Sabah represented the Philippines in the Security Council. LEMUN further honored BBS by allowing it participate in an International Court of Justice case as well as taking the delegates on a tour of the Peace Palace in which the real ICJ court meets.
BBS students distinguished on the very first day, successfully lobbying and merging an incredible 24 out of 26 resolutions brought with them. Fully 50% of the resolutions debated at the event sprang from BBS students though BBS represented only 5% of the students present.
At the opening ceremonies, BBS students again surprised the other schools when the Abdulaziz Al-Mutawa, ambassador of Iran, read a emotional and totally in-character speech condemning the United States and Israel and ending with his throwing off his tie as a symbol of Western imperialism.
The second day, found BBS students the dominant voice in the committee debates. The local LEMUN newpaper recognized this and explicitly mentioned one Iranian delegte, Abdulaziz Al-Bahar, as one of the two best debaters at the entire event.
The General Assembly ended on the 20th with the entire assembly debating the eight best resolutions from the committees. Of these, five came from BBS students: Hamad Al-Mousa, Mozambique, Mohammad Al-Mutawa, Iran; Zaid Al-Marzuk, the Philippines; Dana Kader, Albania; and Maryam Dashti, Albania. All passed except the last. BBS students wrote 4 out of 6 resolutions that passed the event.
Meanwhile, the BBS ICJ group of Ahmad Al-Jouan (lead attorney), Sara Al-Muzaini, and Mohammad Al-Mailem represented Serbia which had to defend itself against Croatia, represented by the host school. Croatia brought Serbia to the ICJ accusing it of genocide and crimes against humanity. The BBS team ably defended Serbia, so ably that no only did the court NOT find Serbia guilty of genocide, but it decided that Serbia owed not a penny of damages to Croatia. When the Court read this verdict at the closing ceremonies, a wild burst of applause erupted.
Despite the challenges of participating, BBS students still found a little time to visit the sites of the Netherlands, including a day in Amsterdam and the Ajax stadium. When the event ended, they bid a found farewell and thank-you to their Dutch hosts. BBS is directed by Dr. Daniel R. Fruit and Ms. Erin Edmundson.Dr. Daniel R. Fruit
The following some measures of the group's success. Bear in mind that BBS students, though the largest group, only numbered about 9% of the total participants.1. Resolutions debated: 24/28: 85% Click here to read all the resolutions
Statements of Delegates
Albania (Click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book) is
particularly proud of its acheivements. Even though
most of us were attending our very first MUN event, we managed to
pass our resolutions and have two of them debated in the
Statements of Delegates
Abdulaziz Al-Mutawa-Social and Ambassador
The Islamic republic of Iran (Click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book) was the strongest, most offensive and most feared deleation , at the the LEMUN 2005 conference. ( At least what the majority of the delegations at the event said plus directors) To begin by giving the audience a taste of Iran at the opening ceremonies I gave the "Speech of the Whole event" it was the most enjoyable , truthful and memorable opeing speech. I was angry about abusing the quran and screaming about wishing to anaylate Islam .I emmbarresed The USA and Israel so bad by throwing my tie on the floor infront of the whole assebmbly (possibly 500+ people). Sadly neither the USA or Israel Showed any type of reply. In my commission I passed my reolution with minor changes done by the mergeing delegations. I was the main submitter and another BBS student as my main CO submitter. I was also a main co submmiter for another reolution. The most important point about my reolution was that the USA and the UK signed on to it , but when informed by the deputy secretary general that they may not just before debating my resolution in 5 minutes the USA and the UK decided to pull their names of. Luckily due to fast thinking and negotiations , I managed to convince China and Russia to replace them. Although it is correct that the USA and the UK should not have signed on to My resolution since I am IRAN , but that was a point in my speech that I wanted to announce and emmbarres both of these two counties. Unfortunately there was no Israel in my commmsion, but on the last day I had a talk with the other deputy SEcretrary general and convinced to come and join us as Israel for an hour or so ( what added more fun to it was that he was half isreale in real life , and I am a muslim!!). IN the General assembly I was the main submitter on the passing resolution from my commission and my reolution passed with an overwhelming majority. Through out the course of the assembly everytime Iran goy up ( only 2 students at the time) All the people would be quiet and listen carefully what we had to say. We also heard al lot of comments about us Kuwaitis and everytime a resolution failed the people would say " the Kuwaitis" , or everytime another speaker was emnbaresed by us and telling him/her that they were out of charecte na d correcting them , that hurt their countries a lot . ALL in all it was a good event the preparation was excellent but the other schools had many beginners. We enjoyed the conference an I think that BBS was the dominant School.
While preparing for LEMUN, I expected the conference to be of high standards and high delegate standards. However, the majority of the delegates didn’t know what is going on and what to do! I was presented with more than 6 resolutions which were an obvious copy and paste from the UN resolutions library! Since the exact same format and font was on the paper! And while debating… a resolution passed the approval’s panel which stated a change of the SC while we were in the GA!!! And it was irrelevant to the topic!!!! The delegates were speaking for a resolution where clearly their country’s policy was against! Also as a delegate of Iran I got the delegate of Israel to sign my resolution when we are worst ENIMIES and in real life Iran threatening Israel to WIPE THEM OFF THE MAP! The fun part was me getting dismissed from the commission because of accusing the USA of being a threat to all nations, since it spends 49% of the world’s military budget. I was simply expressing my government’s point of view and every delegate should be in character while representing a country! Finally the last day was the day when all the Kuwaitis stud up! A large majority of the resolutions debated was from Bayan and a large group of the speakers was from Bayan! One of the German group seated behind me said to her group members: "Guess what… another Kuwaiti!" To summarize, I believe that we really did a good job in the event! And by the way… Holland is amazing!
Abdulaziz Al-Bahar-ECOSOCThe delegation of Iran at the ECOSOC accomplished much at this year's LEMUN. I, as Vice-Ambassador of the Iranian delegation, was voted the best debater at the conference. At lobbying and merging, I convinced the delegate of the UK to use my resolution without changing anything in it, except merely adding a few relevant clauses at the end. I single handedly failed the first resolution that was proposed, because I stayed on the podium for about 10 minutes answering questions and such. My resolution passed with a vote of 23 to 5, and 3 abstentions. I requested the delegate of the USA to be present even though they were absent, because I wanted the debate to me more fervent. The debate progressed and after every speech Iran made I kept receiving thank you notes encouraging me to keep speaking. By the end of the conference, I had spoken the most and my opinions were respected by the assembly. The delegation of Iran came to be a respected delegation with much power, embarassing the USA and allying with countries that were once its enemies only due to the fact that its speeches always stuck to the country's policy. The religious ideology of Iran dominated the council and the event itself, showing just how extreme radical shiism can be. The delegation of Iran was presented with success at the ECOSOC, and I personally left with many friends and contact information for each. This year's LEMUN was in fact a success.
Personally, the LEMUN event was the best international event I had ever attended. Academically, arguably had the very best delagations. Iran was a big thorn in the USA's plans since the lobbeing and merging on the first day. After a really busy day there wasn't enough time to approve my resolution and we had to stay late and send the file by email. The USA continued to ignore religous harrasment accustions, that was when Iran embaressed them by yeilding the floor to the US for elaboration on the topic. It was one of the most positive forums in LEMUN; 9 out of 10 resolutions passed (including 3 from BBS; Iran, Philipines and Italy). The students there had a wierd sense of humour, they continued to laugh at every possible moment (they were almost on the floor when a plackard was dropped). To pay back the hosting school, BBS must think of a possibility to invite the hosting school to PEARLMUN. Lets keep that thought in mindItaly Mays Abdulaziz-Ambassador and Disarmament Abdullah Al-Ibrahim-Vice-Ambassador and Human Rights Aziz Al-Qatami-Environment
Statements of Delegates
Mays Abdulaziz-Security Council and Ambassador
LEMUN was a totally new and unique international event.
Working with delegates from Europe was a different and new experience.
Plus, LEMUN had slightly new procedures.
As representative of Italy (Click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book),
I managed to be a main submitter on a resolution creating a UN Army
independent of member control. I was able to gain the support of 13 other delegates. My resolution was one of the first resolutions that passed the approval panel. In addition, I made several speeches in both the disarmament commission and the General Assembly. My speeches were about the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East, and the smuggling of small arms in South Asia. I also spoke against several resolutions that I thought were ineffective, according to Italy's policy. All in all, this event was satisfying.
Abdullah Al-Ibrahim-Human Rights
I represented Italy, and I was a close ally with the USA. I passed a resolution regarding the issue of human rights situation in Belarus. The delegates seemed to be convinced with the resolution when only 6 delegations voted against. In the human rights commission, we didn’t debate in the General Assembly. Therefore, the event wasn’t that exciting.Mozambique Hamad Al-Mousa-Political and Ambassador Hamad Al-Mufarrej-Disarmament Bader Al-Fulaij-Ecology and Environment Abdulrazzaq Al-Kazemi-Social
Statements of Delegates
Dhari Al-Ajeel, Political and Ambassaor
The Netherlands (Click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book) was be an active promoter for the improvement of relations in two aspects, political and educational. In the political aspect, it will have more embassies open in the Islamic countries where there is no representation. Also, the Netherlands will be an active participant in the council of 100 leaders and the "Alliance of Civilizations." In the educational aspect, the Netherlands will support all UNESCO programs for promotions of religious and cultural understandings, in terms of development of textbooks and other learning material, training of medication, and in providing guidelines for intercultural education. It will fund scholarships for Islamic Studies, and accept students from Islamic countries in its universities at a budget of €5 million annually. Finally, the United Nations must have a resolution to form a committee, which promotes the alliance of civilizations among all world countries and will dedicate the proper action from the effected UN organizations.
Statements of Delegates
Zaid AL Marzooq, Disarmament and Ambassador
It was a fun and interesting event. I was the disarmament representative of the Republic of the Philippines (Click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book). The first day was lobbying and merging It was very easy to become a main submitter but it was really hard to get signatures from other delegates not writing on the same topic, they asked many and quite unusual questions, which were sometimes irrelevant, therefore reflecting their preparation for the event. The approval panel for submitting the resolutions was slow and inefficient, it was because of the organizers and not the directors in the approval panel. The next day we debated many resolution in the disarmament commission. The delegates were very positive towards the resolutions they did not want to fail any resolution, and rather amended almost all the resolutions. The Philippines was considered the best delegation in the commission, many delegates or almost all the delegates didn't want to speak, so I had to stand and motivate them. The chair didn't try to motivate the commission until the end when my resolution came up and the chair became a delegate and talked against my resolution, but he could not fail the resolutions. The final day we debated al most 5 BBS resolution out of 8, and 4 of them passed including mine, which I was not given the honor to speak for at any point throughout the debate of my resolution. Overall we were the best delegates and the event was exciting, humorous, and aggressive.
Yasmeen Dashti, Human Rights
The Netherlands was a great country to visit. It was an extremely enjoyable experience. While we were there, it was raining most of the time, which made it an even better trip. The first two days were basically relaxing in which we went sight seeing and shopping. However, after two days of fun, it was time to get serious. The first day of the event was lobbying and merging in which I, as the representative of the Philippines, was trying to get at least 8 people to sign for my resolution in order for it to get debated. After gathering about 14 signatures and the approval of the judges, my resolution was ready for debate. The chair planned for us to debate about 10 resolutions for the next two days. We talked, argued, laughed, and voted. During that time, we had Iran arguing with the US and Israel in which the Israel and US weren't able to argue back. At the same time, the WHO kept on submitting amendments for every single clause for every single resolution. As for the Philippines, I talked against every resolution and followed my country's policy when it came for voting and debating. By the time it came for us to debate the fifth resolution, the chairs were trying to avoid choosing the Philippines and Iran since we talked a lot; however, when they saw that no one was raising their placard, they'd choose either one of us. Furthermore, when it was time to debate my resolution on disabled persons, no one spoke for or against it; and it passed: 38 for and 1 against. Then it was time for the closing ceremonies and the WHO, Iran, Philippines, and Belarus were recognized as the most active delegates in the forum. All in all, the 2005 LEMUN trip was an interesting event in which we not only enjoyed the sights and "events" of the Netherlands, but also enjoyed our time debating and meeting new people from different backgrounds.
Bader Al Omairi, Social
At the event we overestimated the Netherlands students, and I believe we over worked. As soon as I got off the buss in the event I could see how weak the delegates were, they didn't know what to do. I got a group together and showed them my "OK" resolution, and they totally agreed with it. as well I became a main submitted. My resolution got signatures from the chair, which was the first time I ever had to get the chair to sign, and the approval panel was easy to pass because the resolution was on a computer. The debate was extremely weak. The delegate of USA didn't even know what bias meant. Also they do not shout at each other like in Kuwait and they were afraid of me. It was fun. My resolution passed in my form, but it was not debate in GA. it was a fun weak debate. And I had fun in LEMUN 2005.
Saoud Al-Sabah, Security Council
The Republic of the Philippines delegation worked very hard in order to be prepared for the LEMUN event. Unfortunately, when I entered the Security Council session I was severely disappointed. My opponents in the Security Council were not as formidable that I thought they were and the chairing was not up to the standards of a Security Council forum. The Republic of the Philippines dominated the Security Council forum. I personally spoke on an average above thirty times per day. Successfully, the Republic of the Philippines passed a total of seven clauses in the forum. Overall, the Republic of the Philippines performed up to the highest standard and I am sure that the country of the Republic of the Philippines will be proud of our presentation of their country.
Statements of Delegates
From Reem's unread ECOSOC speech
Take a minute and imagine yourself having dinner by the Arabian Gulf. Then taking a stroll along the white sand shores barefoot as the cool wave brushes on your feet… From the the warm desert to the busy night life of Dubai. From the range of mountains to the steamy hot deserts dream of the new tourist paradise, the UAE Click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book.. Honorable delegates this might seem to you as paradise but I regret to inform you that our paradise is being corrupted. Corrupted by three major issues, drugs, organized crime and terrorism. We must all work as one to eliminate these issues from our nations, to insure safety is all around our nation.
Statements of the Lead Advocate
The ICJ case (Click here to read the Case Preparation file)
proved extremely challenging, particularly as the judges disavowed
BBS's entire counter defense. However, through hard work, we won
and forced the Court to drop all of the charges.
The ICJ advocates visit the Peace Palace home of the real ICJ.
With the prosecution's side.
The winning side after winning on all counts.
The group got a lot of chances to see the country. We saw a lot of dikes (the kind that hold water anyway), rivers, lakes, oceans, sprinklers, etc..
Here's a map of the general area.
Leiden has a lot of history. Once upon a time it was a little city surrounded by a series of canals. Later on, it became the temporary home for the Pilgrims somewhere between alienation and fleeing.
The city and the river are basically one.
These freshmen believe they own the city.
To sports fans, the city has maybe more fame as the home of the Ajax team, a power in the world of soccer (no, I won't call it football).
Students at the Ajax stadium.
Keep these subs on the bench!
Mr. Michael's team, the Kuwaiti scrubs
Can't you hear the roar of the crowd or is it the crows?
It rains pretty much every day in the Netherlands.
You'd better hurry or we'll miss the plane.
Roaming around lost and usual
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