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Model UN Has Success at First Session of the Year

At the first meeting of the St. Louis Area Model U.N. for 2016-17, Priory's contingent of delegates — 10 high school students representing countries like Argentina, Niger and Tanzania — offered a solution to the Syrian refugee crisis in the E.U. and won the award for Best Resolution.

Senior Tejas Sekhar, who also serves as the SLAMUN treasurer, explained that the issues the delegates discuss are divided between the Political and Security Council (POLSEC) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Priory competes in the POLSEC, and the process of writing a resolution starts when the students receive packets of information with background information and a problem or challenge to tackle.

"There are more than 30 resolutions submitted on each topic, and only 2 get selected for debate," Tejas explained. The delegates go through a formal process at the conference to consider each resolution, and at the end of the day there are nominations for the best resolution and a vote by the whole group. The resolution from Priory that won is below.

In addition to being the first conference of the year for Priory's delegates, it was also Tejas' first conference as a member of the SLAMUN board. The board, made up mostly of high school seniors, draws applications from a wide variety of schools across the area. There were 26 applications for the 6 board slots at the end of last year when Tejas applied. "I thought it would be interesting to lead something this big," he said. While his official role is to oversee funds, collect student fees, and fundraise, he said there's a lot of overlap and cooperation between the board roles. "There's a real depth of involvement to it."

Resolution

Submitted by: Argentina
Submitted to: POL/SEC
Question of: Terrorism in the European Union

THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL COUNCIL,

Acknowledging that the civil war is raging in both Syria and Yemen,

Understanding the global impact the outcome of this war will have on the rest of the world,

Recognizing that the presence of recognized terrorist organizations in Syria and Yemen,

Appreciating the difficult position the European Union is placed in regarding this issue,

  1. Demands that the integration of refugees becomes a priority:
    1. Refugee communities in Europe must be incentivized to assimilate into Western culture,
    2. European countries need to make a greater effort to encourage this assimilation;
  2. Requests that immigration policy in the European Union be more regulated and restricted:
    1. The screening process for attaining a Blue Card must become more intensive,
    2. The qualifications for those seeking asylum need to become more restrictive as well,
    3. A quota system based on the respective populations in European countries should be developed to more evenly distribute refugees,
      1. This quota system will be for incoming refugees as well as aiding in the current relocation of refugees from Germany and France,
      2. Specifically, the number of refugees entering a European country will not exceed 1/20 of the population of that country;
  3. Suggests that any excess migrants be directed to other Middle Eastern countries, such as Iraq and Pakistan;
  4. Seeks a travel ban to Syria and Yemen until the situation in both countries stabilizes and terrorist activity within the EU has decreased substantially:
    1. Syria and Yemen both contain a significant terrorist element,
    2. The above clause calls for the creation of the Middle Eastern Travel Committee (METC) in an attempt to stop foreign actors from entering into Syria and Yemen,
      1. Foreign actors do not include agencies either endorsed or sponsored by the United Nations (i.e. charities and NGO’s) or military personnel,
      2. Every individual must be cleared to travel to Yemen or Syria by METC irrespective of organization;
  5. Recommends the continued sharing of intelligence between both E.U. and non-E.U. member states regarding individuals known to the intelligence community as possible terrorists:
    1. This includes an increase in border enforcement on the part of Turkey as the country is adjacent to Syria,
    2. This clause also includes requests for an improved contribution regarding terrorism from Turkey to the broader intelligence community;
  6. Requests that the EU carry out a series of ads in their member states denouncing terrorist organizations and warning of the dangers involved in associating with said groups:
    1. Furthermore, these ads will encourage citizens to report any behavior they deem suspicious with regards to national security;
  7. Calls for the elimination of known terrorist groups’ presence on the Internet:
    1. Twitter, a common tool in the process of radicalization, has recently made an effort to eliminate terroristic content from its platform; therefore, the international intelligence community ought to aid in identifying accounts used for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities so as to support Twitter in its goal of removing the accounts of known terrorist and their sympathizers, 
    2. Inspire, a terrorist publication issued through the Internet, ought to be banned in the E.U. as it often contains instructions as to how to carry out a terrorist attack.

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4

 

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