South China Morning Post
This morning, Saturday, January 28, the South China Morning Post revisited the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the last time in the HMUN 2018 Conference. During this visit, students were asked to give their favorite stories from this year’s conference.
The representatives of Chile quickly raised their placard, eager to answer the question. They shared that, before every committee session, the UNODC moderator would put on music and listen to it, sometimes even singing along and dancing. He especially enjoyed “Finesse” by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, which eventually became the committee’s “special song”. The delegation of Chile highly enjoyed this daily phenomenon.
Vietnam was next to answer the question explaining the following scenario: during one committee session, the moderator was sharing the messages that come with roses. He found one of these messages particularly funny, and laughed about it for around two minutes. He thought it was so funny, in fact, that he broke into a second bout of laughter during voting procedure and said, “I can’t stop thinking about that joke.” Representative of Vietnam, as well as many other students, thought his laughter was even funnier than the joke itself, which was, “Steve, you don’t know what those blue Crocs do to me.” Upon hearing this joke again, the UNODC moderator fell to the floor with laughter for a third time, causing the rest of the committee to follow suit.
The delegation of Azerbaijan waved their placard around frantically, excited to call out the UNODC Chair Staff for taking an entire seven and a half minutes figuring out how to lower the blinds. At this point, I decided to try to figure it out myself, only to find a control panel for the blinds on the wall about 30 seconds into trying. Azerbaijan then said that a high school senior from Upstate New York figuring out how to lower the blinds quicker than a group of Harvard students then became his favorite moment of the conference.
When it came time for me to leave the committee room for the last time, the room erupted into applause, excited to finish the last committee session but also saddened that the 2018 conference is coming to a close. “Everyone has this way of thinking like Harvard Model UN is boring, and that the students participating are no fun,” the representative of Sweden began. “I came into this fearing the same thing. But this committee and the conference as a whole proved me and everyone else wrong. HMUN can be fun!” With that, it comes time to lower the blinds on the HMUN 2018 Conference… and to start preparing for the 2019 conference!