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Ruamrudee International School: 12th March 2005

The  Ninth Bangkok Model United Nations Conference was held at Ruamrudee International School on the 12th March. As before, the day was a huge success for all concerned. There was much preparation prior to the actual day for advisors and delegates alike, but  we thank Mr. Wood again, as we have had cause to so often in the past, for taking the biggest burden of the organisation.

The conference comprised four committees: ESOC, the environmental, special issues, and political issues. There was also a Security Council.

The opening keynote address was given by Mrs. Jean d'Cunha, Regional Advisor/ Programme Manager for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), who spoke generally of the Asia-Pacific/Arab States' Programme on Migration. She said that the role of the MUN was to make students sensitive to the social, political and economic realities of the world today. The focus of her address was the problems of women migrant workers. Mrs. d'Cunha was a superb speaker with an important message for all.

As on other occasions, space prevents me from mentioning all the other excellent and thought-provoking addresses presented during the conference itself, but Patana delegates stood out during the day because of their most incisive contributions. Moreover, Bangkok Patana fielded a well organised and energetic team. The combination of these two factors made our delegates a most impressive group.

Committee One focused on political questions. On this committee Maria Lovella Dela Pena spoke thoughtfully for Algeria, and Norrapat Shih spoke with aplomb for China. Champ Tangnavarad spoke fluently on behalf of Greece. Daniel Kastner spoke well for Iraq, and Nanak Ruanglertthit represented Thailand well. I was present as Daniel discussed the question of an illegal network of movement of nuclear materials.

In Committee Two, ECOSOC, I witnessed lively exchanges on several occasions involving our delegates. Meet Shroff performed his role as Chair with great skill. Nehal Bellani represented China, and Toon Virochpoka spoke for Greece. Both were most incisive participants in the discussion.So, too, was Reine Ng representing Spain.

I was privileged to attend Committee Three, dealing with the Environment, early on in the debate. Patana delegates also took very full and active parts on this committee with great versatility shown by all throughout.  Interesting and balanced debate was very much the order of the day here as elsewhere in the conference. Algeria, Columbia, Greece, Iraq and Spain were well represented by Jane Pukasemvarongkoon, Prateek Modani, Lillian Suwanrumpha, Arjun Mohan, and Sou Miyake respectively. Lillian spoke persuasively when I was present in favour of a motion on Taiwan, while Sou spoke well against it.

Finally, Committee Four dealt with Special Issues, with Heena Karamchandani as a very capable representative of Algeria, and Sarah Fisher, as usual, spoke spiritedly for Columbia. Dominique Chao represented Greece well, as did Shreyans Kothari for Spain, and June Chan for Thailand. All spoke to great effect. Patana delegates wrote a resolution that was the first to be debated on the morning of the conference. Mrs. Berghuis commented to me on the quality of this. 

Kevin Chen was one of the Chairs of the Security Council where he showed his skills to advantage. Pooh Eamcharoenying was also skilled in his representation of Algeria. He spoke of the need for the equality of human rights between ethnic groups in Iraq, among other things. Adam Streather spoke interestingly for China. Most impressive, too, was Jared Haube's contribution for Greece. I was present when the last vote before lunch was taken and passed. This was enthusiastically received by all.

The culmination of the conference, as on other meetings of MUN, came with the Closing Ceremony at the end of the conference. As I have observed on previous occasions in these reviews, new friendships were formed and old acquaintances renewed, and this conference, of course, was no exception. Newer delegates developed a sharper sense of the debating process and the skills required to argue a case persuasively.

Thanks go to Ruamrudee International School as our hosts, and to our fellow guests: the staff, visitors, and delegates from all the participating schools who did their best to make this conference the great success and fun that it was. Thanks, too, to the delegates from Patana who displayed their greatly various skills at absolutely every stage of the conference, as I have only had the space to outlined in the body of this review.

 As I have written in these reviews on many previous occasions, none of this would have been possible without Mr. Wood’s enthusiasm and encouragement at every step of the way. Mr. Wood’s help at our weekly meetings of the MUN, as always, allowed all the delegates to perform as well as they did during the course of the conference. Thanks, then, to Mr. Wood,  for this, and for his organising of the practical part of the excursion to Ruamrudee. Mrs. Berghuis and Mrs. Ford also attended the conference, the former as an advisor.                                                                       

Dr. P.K. Ford

English Faculty and MUN Advisor.

H. Berghuis