By Melody Lai, International Bilingual School at Hsinchu
Among sporadic bursts of creativity in General Assembly 2, there was one particular analogy that caught everyone’s attention: “This resolution is like a unicorn. It is superficially beautiful but there are serious flaws.” GA2 was, clearly, extremely exuberant and forthcoming in their discussions of controversial issues concerning agriculture development, food security, promotion of ecotourism for protection of the environment, protection of coral reefs, and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Despite the serious nature of these issues, however, delegates were able to find outlets for their innovative ideas and displayed passion and commitment in attempting to form flawless resolutions.
Delegates were especially enthusiastic in getting into character with their respective countries: David Tao, delegate of DPR Korea from the Western Academy of Beijing, brought forth fervor with his proclamations of “Kim Jung Il Mansae (Hurray)!” at the end of every speech. Although the chairs were quick to subdue the laughter and bring the court back to order, his remarks were a stark reminder of the serious palpability of these modern day issues. Despite the liveliness of delegate speeches, delegates were more than enthusiastic to produce plausible resolutions, waving their placards for a chance to speak like hungry sharks fighting for a single, delectable fish. Their sharp eyes flickered back and forth between speakers, determined to nitpick any possible flaw and lambaste the issue to smithereens while hammering out the best resolution possible to solve major world issues. The Chair of GA2, Amay Bhojani of Dubai International Academy, said, “GA2 provides insightful solutions on economic and financial issues and has been extremely successful in passing resolutions.” With this sort of avidity, a successful conference is definitely guaranteed.