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CONGO AND DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? [Archives]

Day 1 Session 1
PWSMUN 2015



During the first session of the PWSMUN 2015, the delegates in the UNGA: DISEC committee, mostly being beginners, seemed perplexed concerning the various rules of procedure. Therefore, when the committee began, most of the delegates had a limited idea about what the chair was saying. In order to clarify the rules for the delegates, the chair briefed them on the most basic rules of procedure, including roll call, as many were unaware of the differences between ‘present’ and ‘present and voting’.

After the committee proceeded with the roll call, some confusion rose when two delegates answered to the roll call of the delegate of Congo. Apparently, both delegates had researched Congo instead of their assigned countries. The Chair therefore, took both the delegates out of committee for a “chat”, clarifying the difference between Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.

As the session carried on, the esteemed chair opened the forum for motions. The Delegate of Pakistan raised the motion to set the agenda as ‘Ballistic Missiles and Nuclear Proliferation’. However, The Delegate of Uruguay was against the motion to set the agenda, stating, “I’m for the motion but against using it!” Henceforth, the General Speakers' List was established and an array of placards went up, instantly.

When the Delegate of Congo delivered his speech, he mentioned “There will be no Hiroshima and Nagasaki after this committee”, which left the committee quite puzzled. The fact that the Delegate of United Kingdom incorrectly addressed the Delegate of Russia as ‘United States of Russia’, didn't help matters.

Since the delegates were not acquainted enough with the rules and regulations of the conference, the committee spent five minutes trying to get the right motion in order to suspend the formal debate and proceed towards high tea. Finally, The Delegate of Democratic Republic of Congo raised the correct motion and the committee was suspended.

Reporter: Anvita Patwari, Radhika Bansal
Editor: Ishma Dhakal


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