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Many of you have probably heard of "DJISMUN" throughout the past month or so. You didn't? Perhaps you've heard of it as "MUN," then, and are still wondering what in the world are those people speaking of. MUN stands for "Model United Nations"; in other words, a mini representation of the United Nations. The UN is an organization where representatives of almost every country meet to discuss world issues and find solutions for them. Because education isn't only restricted to books and theories, the idea of having an MUN conference in Dar Jana was met with great enthusiasm from our school principal, Mrs. Fatin Ataya, and the MUN executive board. It includes a Director, Mrs. Shabana Hussain, the Secretary Generals, Mariam Dawood and Farida Serag, and the Chairs, Aya Adel, Hadeer Leila, Jumana Mazhar, Widad Taleb, and Yasmeena Kibeida. After months of planning and hard work, they successfully launched Dar Jana's very first Model United Nations. It was attended by approximately 114 students throughout three different days, the 26th and 28th of February and the 1st of March.

The majority of participants, 79 of them to be specific, were delegates. They were divided among four committees, "Disarmament Commission", "Security Council", "General Assembly 3", and "Human Rights Commission". The rest of the students were divided into two groups: the Admins and the Press Team. The Admins, distinguishable by their red scarves, maintained order throughout the event. In addition, the Press Team, whose members wore the "Press" vests, kept track of all the details in the three days through means of words, photos, and videos.

            The Disarmament Commission, which was assigned the color purple, was responsible for tackling three main topics: foreign intervention in internal conflict, establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, and drone use in the fight against terrorism. The committee, chaired by Aya Adel and Widad Taleb, was bursting with energy from the first day. Even though the first day was assigned for preparing resolutions and gathering allies (called lobbying and merging in MUN terminology), the delegates of USA and Lebanon started a heated debate, which was abruptly interrupted by their Chair asking them to keep it for the real debating time. The rest of the conference days were equally full of passion and enthusiasm.

            The Security Council, on the other hand, was represented by the color green. It was assigned the following topics: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the long-standing conflict between North and South Korea, and the Ukraine-Russia crisis. Unlike the rest of the committees, the Security Council had several privileges that set it apart from the rest. First, delegates debated clauses rather than resolutions. Second, instead of using the first day for lobbying and merging, delegates were given a thirty to forty-five-minute unmoderated caucus followed directly by a debate. Last but definitely not least, five of the world's leading countries got a remarkable advantage: the veto power, which causes a clause to automatically fail when any of those countries vote against it. Throughout the conference, the Security Council proved to be a unique committee with promising delegates who were always ready to get on the floor and debate even at the most unexpected of times when their Chair, Hadeer Leila, would suddenly ask any of them to speak.

The Third General Assembly, with orange as its color, was a pretty radiant committee. The issues tackled were reduction and management of child labor and child labor policies, prosecution and prevention of criminalities and genocide against humanity, and management of the ISIS militant group in the MENA region. One can never doubt the energy of this committee's delegates. One moment, the debate is going at a normal pace, and the second, everyone is screaming at each other. The debate reached its climax when the delegate of Syria made a daring confession that she defends ISIS. Afterwards, debate was taken to another level when the classroom's clock fell after Deputy Secretary General Farida tried to calm the delegates down by knocking on the board.All in all, General Assembly 3 was a rollercoaster of emotions that sometimes carried the debate to unexpected places thanks to its excited delegates and enthusiastic Chair, Jumana Mazhar.

The Human Rights Commission, assigned the yellow color, discussed combating political, economic, and social discrimination against racial minorities, promoting the rights of people with disabilities in developing countries, and controlling and eradicating human trafficking. The comfortable and friendly mood in this committee couldn't be missed by whoever attended their sessions. The delegates found their Chair, Yasmeena Kibeida, very helpful and extremely approachable. Yasmeena, on the other hand, expressed her excitement to see them debate and later expressed her pride on the last day. The confident delegates who successfully picked their words were able to manipulate any situation to prove their points and convince everyone present. The Human Rights Commission was a noteworthy committee that was able to get even its admins excited and wishing they could've been part of the debate.

            Finally, the conference was concluded with the announcing of the best delegates, honorable mentions, and best position papers. Looking back at the event, most of the delegates expressed pride and gratification towards their many achievements in just a few days. The rest, on the other hand, were frustrated at the time limit and wished the event lasted longer.  All the hardships they faced at the beginning which ranged from avoiding the usage of "I" to expressing the country's opinion rather than their own quickly diffused. When the delegates discovered the true essence of MUN and were starting to enjoy themselves, the three days were over. Everyone was left with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime and will hopefully be replicated during next year's MUN conference.

Hiba Shams


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