One innovation of the conference was a technique normally reserved for those of a smaller, crisis-based variety — crises between committees! The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Security Council committees experienced a joint crisis in which the Security Council’s China came face-to-face with NATO pressure, with both committees addressing the situation at hand. The delegates from China responded positively to this cross-committee interaction:
They also released a declaration of war (with a share of sarcasm added) while in the midst of the crisis:
“China’s Declaration of War on the United States
The People’s Republic of China views the United States’ attack on our embassy as a declaration of war. As a result, we have sent a military contingent form our army to reclaim Taiwan from the United States, because they illegally control our land. Everything considered, China is treating the USA with much more respect than it deserves. You’re welcome United States.”
Best Delegate also caught up with Jason Watanabe, one of the advisors for Cerritos High School’s award-winning co-curricular Model UN program. Mr. Watanabe explains the structure of the program along with their philosophies emphasizing learning first. As a former delegate and three-time Secretary-General at the collegiate level, the Dons of Cerritos High School are fortunate to have his guidance.
Closing ceremonies featured a real treat, Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, William E. Simon Jr. Simon motivated the students to pursue their passions, and explained how he made the most of his opportunities, including those as a California gubernatorial candidate and director for the Giuliani ’08 Presidential campaign.
Congratulations to all delegates and staff!