Naiara Gil, Minister, Denmark: The 19th of April, Wednesday, four fourth of ESO students and two second of Bachillerato students, along with Nicola Dignum, MUN Director, went on a night flight to Stansted to attend the first ever Norwich Model Arctic Council conference, hosted by Norwich School in Norwich, Norfolk. Before they made it to Norwich, they spent a brilliant day in Cambridge visiting all the university's buildings and the Polar Museum, and they were even given a guided punting tour through the river Cam.

 

Sofia, Naiara, Eugenia, Ane, Laura and Rosie

 

After visiting the city, the girls travelled to Norwich the following Friday to attend the conference that started that same evening with a opening ceremony. Saturday morning was spent creating the resolutions in the Working Groups, and that same afternoon they were debated in the Senior Arctic Officers' meeting, where Sofia was representing the Kingdom of Denmark and Ane was the SAO of the Saami Council. The last day was entirely dedicated to the Ministerial meeting, where the Naiara and Rosie represented the Ministries of Denmark and the Saami Council. Lastly, during the closing ceremony, the Saami Council won the award to the best delegation, but the girls from Denmark were really close to winning one too! Overall, the girls loved this new experience and they are really wishing to go back next year.

Naiara speaking as the Minister for Denmark

 

Sofía Echezarra, Senior Arctic Officer for Denmark: One of my best and most fruitful experiences of my scholar life has been attending the NORMAC conference at Norwich. It has been the first time that I have participated in a conference as a delegate and it has impressed me how interesting and fun it has been. I have represented the Kingdom of Denmark and my working group has been SDWG, where we have debated the issue of the access to education for arctic children. Besides learning interesting information about my country and about the challenges that the indigenous people have to face to receive a good education I have learned valuable skills of speaking, debating and listening, I have seen how difficult it can be to achieve consensus between all States, I have improved my English and I have meet lots of interesting persons.

Sofia, as the Senior Arctic Officer, with Naiara and Eugenia

 

Taking advantage of our trip to England before the conference we spent two nights at Cambridge and there our MUN director surprised us by taking us to the Scott Polar Research Institute, where we increased our knowledge about the Arctic and by taking us punting. While we were punting a woman told us Cambridge’s history and we enjoyed it a lot. I have founded both Cambridge and Norwich very charming and beautiful cities with very nice and friendly citizens. I am very sad that the conference is over but also happy for all the positive aspects that I have gained thanks to it and I would definitely wish I could come back next year. And for those who have never attend a conference I encourage you to do it as it is an amazing experience.

Punting in Cambridge

 

Eugenia Eguia, Delegate, Denmark: Last weekend we attended the first official NORMAC conference that was held in Norwich school. The conference was a simulation of the Arctic council and I was representing the kingdom of Denmark with Sofia Echezarra and Naiara Gil. The conference was great! We all had an amazing time and we made lot of new friends.  I was in the working group of AMAP in which we debate and discuss a resolution that could resolve climate change and arctic wetlands.There were 2 more working groups which were PAME (about fisheries) and SWDG (about education).

Before attending the conference we stayed 2 nights at Cambridge. We visited the Arctic museum, cambridge university and we also went through the Cambridge river, in which we learn a lot about all the colleges that were there like kings or trinity. I totally recomend this experience. I have learned a lot about what is really happening in the Arctic and what all Arctic states and permanent groups think about it. Also the conference was quite small so there was a familiar atmosphere which made us feel really comfortable.

Visiting the Scott Polar Museum in Cambridge

Laura Olaortua, Delegate, The Saami Council: Last weekend, from the 19th to the 24th of April, we went on an amazing trip to Norwich to attend the first Normac conference never before done in the world. Before arriving Norwich, we stayed a couple of days in Cambridge visiting the city. We all fell in love with the wonderful and enormous university. Everybody was very friendly and we were very happy there!

We bought Cambridge University sweatshirts!

 

After visiting Cambridge, we arrived to Norwich to attend the conference. The conference was about the Arctic and the problems that it has. This conference was divided in three working groups: AMAP, PAME and SWDG. I was from the AMAP and we discussed topics related with the climate change and the wetlands, all related with the point of view of the indigenous people that I represented, called the Saami Council. It has been an incredible experience, we have learnt a lot of things and we made a lot of friends. Everything was very well organized and the school was amazing. I recommend this experience to everybody because it teaches you a lot of things and makes you stronger.

The Arctic Council


Ane Goikoetxea, Senior Arctic Officer, The Saami Council: Hi my name is Ane and i'm 15 years old. Last weekend we went to Norwich, a small town near London to attend a new conference (NORMAC) hosted in Norwich school. All the students were divided in committees such as PAME, AMAP and SWDG. I was in PAME and we discussed the question of commercial fishing. Also, there were different delegations and my delegation was representing the Saami Council but there were also students representing the Arctic States. We all had a great time during the conference and we learn so many things about what is happening in the Arctic.

Ane, as the Senior Arctic Officer, with Laura and Rosie

 

Before going to Norwich we spent two days in Cambridge visiting the city, we went to the Arctic Museum and we visited all the amazing Universities. Im very pleased to have taken part in this conference i hope will repeat this amazing experience!!

Visiting Christ College

 

Rosie Tregenza, Minister, The Saami Council: Last 19th of April, six 4th ESO and bachillerato students left to go to the first ever Model Arctic Council, which was hosted by Norwich school. Model Arctic Council is very similar to MUN, but in one conference you have a minister and a Senior Arctic officer (Sao) and the other one you have an ambassador, respectively. We had 2 delegations, Denmark and the Saami council. Before the conference, we visited Cambridge, where we visited the Polar Research Museum. It was interesting to learn about the conditions the explorers live in. After, we went punting,  where a very nice tour guide told us about the different colleges and their rivalries. By that point in time we were starving so we went to a cafe were they sold sandwiches and hot drinks for a very reasonable price. Afterwards, we went shopping on the local high street, and some of us bought some clothes. To end the day we went to the hotel and finished doing our research. On the Friday morning we left Cambridge to go to Norwich, where a fabulous dinner awaited us. There we got to meet new people, with whom we were going to have to work with the next day. Then Saturday came a long, and truth be told we had no idea about how the conference was ran, so we spent most of the time wondering what was going to happen next . That afternoon we had the Sao's meeting where Ane Goikoetxea and Sofia Echezarra led our delegations. They debated all the resolutions that the working groups, or in MUN what we call Committees, had produced. They thankfully approved all resolution, so that the Ministers could debate it. On Sunday, the final day of the conference, it was the Ministers turn to debate the resolutions. The ministers were Naiara Gil and Rosie Tregenza. With a few amendments we passed all 3 resolutions! After that, the saddest part of the conference came, the closing ceremony. There, Dr Anthony Speca thanked us for coming as we were the only school from abroad . Then awards came along, and to our surprise the Saami council won best delegation!

Rosie accepting the Best Delegation award for the Saami Council

 

The Saami Council

 

The Denmark Delegation

MUN Hagamun 8th - 13th March 2017

 

Patricia Gomez and Rosemary Tregenza, Press Team

Patricia Gomez: Last Wednesday, 24 students took a plane to Brussels and then a train to get to The Hague. That first night we went to a nice Italian restaurant to have dinner and then we went straight back to the hotel as we were very tired. The second day, we went to the Peace Palace and they gave us a guided tour and told us a bit of history about the palace, the UN... after that, we were free to explore the city, so we went to the centre and we went shopping, got some food, took some pictures, some of us even went to the cinema, because all the films are in english there!

On the third day, the conference started! We went to the school right after lunch and everyone went to find what they had to do: where their committees were, where the press team was, etc. Some time after that, the lobbying finished and they went to a church to have the opening ceremony.

Then on Saturday we had to get up earlier because the conference started super early. It was a day of debating resolutions, interviewing people... but, then at night we went to the peer! There was being held the party everyone was looking forward to since the start of the conference. We danced, sung, and had a great time but by the time we got back to the hotel, we were exhausted!

On Sunday we went to mass, which was really funny because it was in Dutch and we tried our best to understand what the priest was saying. After that we went to the conference but some of the girls were punished and had to dance or sing in front of their whole committee because of arriving late. That afternoon the GA took place, followed by an emotive closing ceremony where some people even shared some tears.

And finally on Monday we had a relaxed morning, and then in the afternoon we took a train back to Brussels and then a plane to Bilbao. This conference was definitely worth it: we got to meet a lot of new people, made new friends and we had a great time!

 

Rosie Tregenza: HagaMun took part from the 8th to the 11th of March 2017 and during this event I was a press officer.This ment I had to write articles about  topics that were being debated in committees and fun articles like, gossip.Even though there was a slight language barrier, we all got along well. The "newspaper " that we were writing for was called the HagaMundus and 4 of my articles were published, 2 about political issues and 2 fun ones.
All in all I believe that being a press officer for such a prestigious conference has changed the way I think about certain jobs such as journalists and photographers.In addition I met many fun people and got to bond more with people with my own school.

 

India

Marta Rodriguez, Ambassador: This week we have been in The Hague attending a MUN conference, we (Lucia Olabarri, Paula Hernandez, Sofia Castaño, Marta Guinea, Carmen Bilbao, Liliana Ortega, Elena Pina, Blanca Sacristán and Marta Rodriguez) represented India. Each one of us was sitting on one committee.


Lucia Olabarri was sitting on the UNFCCC committee. The topics of this committee were chosen to improve the environmental situation of the world, therefore they discussed: the plastic pollution in oceans, combating tropical deforestation, the effects of climate change on poor and vulnerable people and the question of carbon dioxide emission in meat industry. Lucia had prepared the resolution about combating tropical deforestation so she merged it with other delegates who also had made one about this topic. The resolution passed the approval panel and they debated it at our committee, most of the co-submitters made a speech, so did she. The
speeches were important to encourage other countries to maintain the forests and fight against tropical deforestation.


Paula Hernandez sat on the Environment Committee, they discussed the question of Liberia, of Burundi and of maintaining peace between India and Pakistan. All the resolutions that were debated passed. In Paula's opinion, it was a great experience in which she learnt a lot.



Sofia Castaño, sitting on the G20 committee, debated three topics: consequences of Brexit, MDBs and renewable energies. They didn't have any resolution, as they made it together by amendments and two of Sofia's passed and were approved and added into the resolution, Sofia also made some points of information. In conclusion, she really enjoyed this conference and had a incredible week and learn lots of this conference.



Marta Guinea was sitting on ECOSOC and they debated four topics: minimizing the consumption of unhealthy food in order to decrease obesity and diabetes, measures to improve the labour market for persons with disabilities, combating tax evasion in relation to Panama papers, increasing the accessibility of medicines in LEDCs countries and conflict zones. She did 2 resolutions: minimizing the consumption of unhealthy food in order to decrease obesity and diabetes and measures to improve the labour market for persons with disabilities. Her resolution passed. They debated five resolutions and four of them passed. Everybody vote in favour of our resolution and we had 21 co-submitters from 26 delegates.



Carmen Bilbao was sitting on GA3 (Social, cultural and Humanitarian) and four topics were debated: Evaluating current approaches to counterterrorism in MEDCs, preventing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the question of extreme growth of the world population and the question of the right of privacy in the digital age. She co-submitted a resolution on the question of extreme growth of the population which got approved by her committee with 26 votes in favour and 1 abstention. A resolution on each topic passed except for the one on the question of the right to privacy in the digital age.



Liliana Ortega’s committee was disarmament commission which was about dissolving conflicts such as the sectarian violence of Myanmar, preventing the radicalisation of youth regarding jihadism and disarming the Nagorno- karabakh conflict. The resolutions that came out about this topics were perfect although they had to make some amendment for a better resolution. There was a resolution about the sectarian violence in Myanmar that did not pass because there were things missing and it was inadequate.



Elena Pina was sitting on GA1, Disarmament and International Security and there were four topics: Measures to reduce international weapons trafficking to radical terrorist organizations, Disarming the conflict in the South China Sea, Reducing the use of heavy armoury against citizens in areas of war and Combating the terrorist organization Boko Haram. She did a resolution of Disarming the conflict in the South China Sea. In her committee passed two resolutions. One of the resolutions in the committee made by Ukraine as a main submitter, did not pass with a lot of votes against, because it had very little information.

 

Marta Rodriguez was sitting on the human rights committee, four topics were debated: enforcing the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the abolishment of entrusting legal guardianship of Saudi women to their male relatives, the question of police abuse in relation to the current events in the United States of America and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies. She merged a resolution on the fourth topic which was debated and passed. The third topic's resolution was not passed however, the other two were.

 

Syria

Alejandra Garcia, Ambassador

The delegation of Syria was comprised of 11 delegates. The topics in each committee were very interesting. For example, Blanca Gutierrez was in the committee of disarmament, she really enjoyed discussing the topics of: dissolving the sectarian violence in Myanmar, disarming the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and preventing the radicalization of the youth regarding jihadism. For her the most interesting part was to represent Syria in the topic of youth regarding jihadism.

 

Patricia Rocafort was in the committee of Special Conference, at first she was terrified as she was going to be alone in this committee, but as soon as the conference started all nerves went off. She really enjoyed discussing the topic of improving living conditions for people living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. It was difficult to defend Syria in this topic as at the moment is in war, but really enjoyed facing this difficulty. The resolution was debated but sadly didn't passed to the end.

 

Beatriz Bayo was sitting in the Peacebuilding Commission, representing Syria, which she enjoyed a lot. She wrote a resolution on the question of maintaining peace between India and Pakistan, and she merged it with some delegates from Russia and India. After discussing and making amendments, her resolution passed!  

 

Leticia Areitio was in the 1995 Historical Committee where they discussed three topics. First they made a resolution concerning the question of the massacre of Srebrenica, it was very complicated but at the end they built a really good resolution. The second topic was the Iraq disarmament  crisis, they found a way of solving the problem efficiently without creating a dispute with Iraq. The third topic was the one she found the most entertaining they debated the Chechen war in which the Holy See came as an observer and spoke a little bit. They made a really long resolution which concluded with the execution of the hostile Russians and leaving the politic decisions of Russia in the hands of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Virginia Ayesa was sitting in the committee of Social, Cultural and Humanitarian and debated really interesting topics such as evaluating current approaches to counterterrorism in MEDCs and preventing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The debates were really intense and we turn up with really good resolutions.

Julieta Araiz represented Syria in the committee of GA4, in which they discussed four different topics. She co-submitted a resolution about the issue of the Kurds in the Middle East. The main submitter was the Russian Federation, however she also contributed in the elaboration of the resolution and made a speech in favor of it. Her resolution passed with a majority of votes. Nevertheless, it didn't got chosen to pass onto the general assembly.

 

Carmen Real de Asua was sitting in the Economic and Social committee and she had to debate topics such as the Panama Papers, minimizing the consumption of unhealthy food, the labour market for persons with disabilities and increasing the accessibility of medicines. In this last topic she merged a resolution with people representing countries such as Uganda, Cuba, Russian Federation... She debated her resolution and finally it passed!! Even though her other resolutions weren't debated, she add some amendments. She enjoy it a lot!!

 

Alejandra Connell: I have been in many MUN conferences and I got to say that HagaMUN it's been one of the best ones. I was sitting in the environmental committee, where everyone was kind and open to every point of view. The debates were really constructive and the level was good, I understood everything so I could participate a lot. Apart from the conference we had free time, so we went in groups to visit the picturesque city. We were amazed by the numerous bicycles there were, we tried different restaurants and we enjoyed really much. The hotel was located next to the school and near the center of the city so it was a good point in favour. It's been such a good experience I would like to go back next year.

I'm Maria Arrillaga, a student from Ayalde who has been involved in MUN since September of this year. The Hague has been my second conference of MUN. The first conference I went was in my school and I was really lost but in the end I really like it. This second conference has been a great chance to participate and practice my english. Apart from all the effort I have done before the conference, it has been worth it. We all have enjoy the conference and the city which has been really interesting such as The Peace Palace. Also we have met a lot of interesting and different people which is a great experience. All in all, I really recommend all students to participate because this is our future and we have to solve all the problems that are around us.

 

Alejandra Garcia: My weekend in The Hague was incredible! I had a lot of fun and got to know a lot of great people! I did a resolution on weapon trafficking to terrorist organizations. Unfortunately It didn't pass. But we did a lot of great debating in committee and I was awarded best female delegate.
I will never forget this conference I made a lot of friendships there and I hope that the next conferences I attend will be as good as this one

To conclude the conference was great, it was very well organized and the committees was fun and serious at the same time.

 

Switzerland

Nerea Mendive, Ambassador

Last week I took part in HagaMUN as the ambassador of Switzerland. I was in the GA2 committee where 4 issues were debated: the question of limiting corporate exploitation of water resources in Africa, the question of protection of minor agriculturists in South America against the market dominance of multinationals, the question of improving the living standards of factory workers in Asia and the question of robots taking over the labour market. Blanca Sacristán and I merged our resolution about the robots and after been discussed in the committee, it was approved. Unfortunately, as there were more resolutions approved, ours did not pass to the General Assembly. At the beginning, I was nervous because of the number of people that like us participated in the conference but after a couple of hours I started to feel more comfortable and secure about myself because of the good, helpful mates I met there. I hope I see them back soon!

 

General Assembly and Closing Ceremony

 

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We can’t believe MUN Bilbao 2017 is already over!

We’ve been working so hard to make this project come true and all we can say is we’re really proud of the outcome. Everyone had lots of fun and many delegates have told us they really enjoyed the conference. As this is our first MUN conference, there are some things that need to be improved, and we’re already working on how to make the next conference even better than this last one.

Another one of our goals was to make this conference different, a cultural experience as well as an educational one. That is why our opening ceremony was celebrated on Thursday in the Casa de Juntas of Gernika, one of the most important buildings in the Basque heritage. There were speeches from our Director Nicola Dignum, our Sec Gen Christina Connell, Ana Otaduy, the President of the Casa de Juntas and Tamara Zabala, the Deputy Director of the UN in Spain, among others. Afterwards, the Ambassadors for each country gave their opening speech.

When the Opening Ceremony was finished, we all headed to Ayalde for a cocktail dinner. The next day was all about informal lobbying and debating in committees, and after a whole day of hard work, the delegates were taken to Bilbao. About half of them visited the emblematic Bilbao Town Hall and the rest went on guided tours to get to know the city.
On Saturday, debate in committees continued until 2 pm, when the General Assembly started. The advisors visited Azurmendi, a Michelin Star and a sustainable development restaurant. At night, everyone attended a black tie dinner in Hotel Seminario, and danced till they dropped!

On Sunday debate in GA went on until the start of the Closing ceremony at 1 pm. Our Sec Gen gave an inspiring speech, announced the best delegate awards’ winners, and finally declared the first MUN Bilbao conference officially closed.

All we can say is we really enjoyed preparing this conference, and taking part in the extraordinary project these conferences are. We also were able to raise 530€ for the NGO Room To Read, contributing to the alphabetisation of boys and girls in Africa and Asia. As Christina Connell said in her closing speech, MUNers truly are changing the world. See you next year!

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Next Thursday, 26th January, COAS is hosting the first MUN BILBAO conference in Ayalde. Munabe is taking part actively in this conference. Apart from the 15 delegates sitting in the different committees, seven of our students have been collaborating in the organization of the event together with seventeen Ayalde students.

Pablo Amorós (1 BACH), Ion Apraiz (4 ESO) and Pablo Amorrortu (4 ESO) will be working in the Press and Media Team in charge of taking photographs, interviewing and filming videos during the conference. On the other hand, Iñigo Echeandía (2 BACH), Eduardo Llop (2 BACH), Martín Ruiz (4 ESO) and Ignacio de Grassa (3 ESO) will be collaborating to make sure everything works perfectly during the four days of the conference as members of the Administration Team.

These seven students volunteered to help in the organization of the event searching for a new experience, different from the ones they face daily at school. Moreover, they are looking forward to living an enriching experience which could give them some insight on their professional future.

 

Martín Ruiz, part of the Admin Team, has answered some questions for us:

How did you hear about MUN?
I first heard of MUN because of my teachers.

Why did you want to be involved?
Because I liked the idea of meeting new people from around the world and because I like to speak in English.

What is your role and responsibilities in MUN Bilbao 2017?
I'm in the administration team, and my responsibilities are that everything and everyone work like a clock.

What are you expecting from the conference?
I expect everything goes like planned and everyone has a good time.

How did Munabe start working with MUN?
We attended last years mini conference in Ayalde and we’ve been working to develop it and we’re working on it. It’s a COAS group project and we’ve been working with Ayalde. My teachers (José and Pedro) went to a session in London where they got to know how MUN works to train us.

What motivated you to become a delegate?
I went to the mini conference in Ayalde as an observer and really liked it, it was very interesting and I’m really into the international parties and I really like the idea of working in a team, making a resolution, debating it…

How have you prepared for MUN Bilbao?
With special sessions after class for one hour on Mondays and Thursdays. We’ve been working like that since September. Last Friday we had a session with a business communication lecturer from Deusto. We work by delegations and all together too we also work by committees.

What have you learned from MUN so far?
I’ve researched a lot, so I’ve learned a lot about true int. issues. I’ve also looked how to work in groups and how to debate and express my opinion through simulated debates.

What do you expect from the conference?
I have high expectations. It will be really interesting. I’m looking forward to the conference itself, different countries and also social events like Town Hall reception.

Are you nervous?
A bit, because there will be many different people but I hope I can do it as best as I can.

What are your future plans? Career?
For the future, I’m looking forward to Prague, because the experience of traveling to Prague is going to be amazing. I also hope this program helps me develop useful skills for uni and helps me with my professional career. I’ll study in Deusto, something related to business.

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