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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9

May 8, 2013

Helimun

The Helsinki International Model United Nations 2013. This was, and is, an annual conference-typ seesion spnning over two days where two hundred students put on black and grey pinstripped suits and debate over issues that bring out the aggresive, loud and painfully annoying side in all of us. It is a full-on UN debate cycle; where there are three GA's, the International Court of Justice, the Human Right's Counsel, Ecosoc Counsel, Security Counsel, the President (yes, with the hammer) and the all so important teachers that have no apparent presence in this two day event! Heres to two days off of school!

FIRST DAY

With an 8'o'clock start, how could anyone not understand the opening speech about justice and moral. I mean, unless you were late because of the broken-down metro ordeal...

After thi somwhat embarrassing event, all the badged that state your name and position are handed out. Now comes the time to write the resolutions, and let me point out that it is probably best to write these in the most elaborate and complex english that you know how to use! (However, this last point many people do not take into account). This year, according to some sources that may or may not be reliable ones, I was updated on the the amount of resolutions there were, and that this year there was the most resolutions in the history of Helimun! The more to pass, the ever more resolved cases.

The ICJ, where I was this year, were busy listening to the respondents speech about the painfully distrustful reasons why Nicaragua accidently thought they had control over more land through a mistake made by google maps. The most painful part was where the judges had to somehow try to squeeze the reason for this unfathomable mistake out of the advocates for Nicaragua, which was not going to be answered due to a huge embarrasment factor.

The first day, and a bunch of sleepy-eyed students, who already had a head ache after two and a half hours of trying to sleep in the midst of a full-blown argument between the respondents and the applicants, have 15 minutes to (somehow) eat lunch.

Finally ... at three we were allowed to leave. It was not to be mistaken that there was a closing speech till three thirty, however the desire to leave was too strong to resist. Till tomorrow, beloved debate unit!




SECOND DAY

Day two, and I am so ready for this long and tiring day! The start at 9'o'clock was one hour later that the previous day, which proved to enlighten everybody in their feet. We all in our fighting spirit. At least ... hopefully we were. This was the day where we had to find some final desicions about the cases we were blatently discussing as a whole. The GA's were furiously going through resolution after resolution, till lunch where they had a 10 minute stop-over, before proceeding to the main hall where the real debate began with all the delegates from each GA.

Unfortunately, the ICJ and EcoSoc were unavailable for this heated debate between all GAs, since the cases that were studied in these departments were much more difficult to solve:) In ICJ, there was the discussion over reliablity and relevance of the evidence presented the previous day, which deemed necessary to come to a clear conclusion so that WE do not use some source as unreliable as google maps to hit that final, fatal blow.

Overall, there were many resolutions passed. The closing ceremony was very tideous, and when it was over we all sighed a cheer of relief when the chair hit the hammer declaring the 13th Annual Helimun to be officially over. However, the day was not finished till we were given our special certificates according to our commitee. Yay! On the way out I almost left without my jacket and sneakers in the changing room. Oh the joy of no school tomorrow!

There were many tired faces who joined me in the run to the metro that would deliver us to our all-important, sleep-provoking beds. Till next year, my dear fellow delagates, judges and important people.



~I would like to thank everyone who participated in this fruitful and inspiring session this year~

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