By Chrsitine Choi, Korea International School
Photo credit: Judy Park of International School of Beijing
Kevin Chen (American School in Taichung), the Deputy President of the Security Council (SC) announced “Are there any
delegates who wish to volunteer? Seeing none, India—you have been recognized.” The alarmed expression of the delegate of India brought an echo of light laughter in the middle of the serious exchange of ideas running back and forth among the students.
The Security Council is responsible for discussing global issues such as foreign aid programs and tourism. “Its primary objective is to propose solutions that are ideally agreed upon by different countries,” added Seung Yeon Kim (Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies), the delegate of the United Kingdom. Agreement is complicated when five countries—China, U.K., France, Russia, and the U.S.—have the power to veto.
Sitting on opposite sides, two groups of delegates were sharing their countries’ stances on providing South Sudan with financial
support. The debate was getting hotter when William Chen (Shanghai American School – Puxi ), the delegate of Lebanon, claimed that providing free health check-ups is unreasonable since MRIs are too expensivethese days; his statement was challenged by another delegate, who argued that his example was too specific. When Chen seemed to admit the minor flaw in his rhetoric, the harsh atmosphere in the room suddenly disappeared, and students began to chuckle in friendly camaraderie.
It is certainly easy for participants to get tense when they have to voice their countries’ beliefs in front of many other people.
However, small glitches during the conference helped them to loosen up and relieve their fear. For example, when the Deputy President realized that not all countries voted for a clause,he had to address each country individually; this gave some time for the delegates to take a rest from their long talks. Similarly, when asked if there were other memorable moments during the conference, many students replied that it was entertaining to watch Aaron Willis (German European School), the delegate of the Russian Federation, accidentally refer to Confucius as an example of a British quote. Although many participants were afraid of making trivial mistakes, these blunders actually made the delegates feel more comfortable amid the heated debates.
Humorous and memorable happenings set aside, the delegates of the Security Council worked hard to solve many international problems. For the remaining days of THIMUN Singapore, they will continue solving problems to build a better future.