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.
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.
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.
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