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If you are not familiar with the Crisis Committees then please take some time to read about it in this guide.
This is the global short definition of the Model United Nations, and there is one special keyword I want to talk about: SIMULATION.
Simulation is defined as the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time. The act of simulating something first requires that a model be developed; this model represents the key characteristics or behaviors/functions of the selected physical or abstract system or process.
This means that when we want to simulate something, we need to make it as real as possible, which is why I wanted to talk about the Crisis Situation Announcement.
As Under Secretary General of Marketing and Communication, I am supposed to have enough communication skills to pass the message, and enough marketing skills to make people believe the message, and I believe that I succeeded to do so.
I went into 4 rooms (AAC, UNSC, SOCHUM and ECOSOC) with the other secretariat members to see how things go in the announcement, and my colleagues made it look like a crisis but they didn't make it feel like one, so I took advantage of my comedian skills to look like I was under pressure, I made a face that looked like I had lost a million dollars in Wall Street, tapped on the door of that room and entered in a rush.
I was known as the funny yet very serious and unpleasant guy when it comes to rules, which is why I got the attention of everyone once I went into that room, and I said this: "Your attention please, we have a crisis situation.". I announced the crisis about raids in the Western Sahara camps on the border of Tindouf - Algeria by the Morrocan Army, using very short sentences and simple language with a strong voice, and did not give the delegates time to ask me any question. I left without looking at them, I went out the room and watched their faces from the window; most of them were still under the shock of my face and voice and ignored the whole crisis, and then started asking each other about what I was saying.
This was intense, and most of the delegates did not understand what was happening because the evening before, the secretariat along with the DAIS decided not to give the delegates heads up and make it a surprise, which made it even more fun for me to play the role. Again, simulation is all about making it look, sound and feel real.
So I went and asked what DISEC delegates thought of it, and here are their testimonials:
Roumaissa Chettouh (Western Sahara):"Your face had more impact on us than the crisis itself. The way you came in with fast large steps, how your voice changed and everything made me scared for a while and then angry. All delegates were talking at the same time and screaming, I got a bit nervous and I started shouting at them to keep silent"
Zakia Chaib (Mauritania): "I was actually shocked! I couldn't believe it at first (not like it was a lie) but somehow I was thinking that Moroccans went absolutely crazy to do such thing. I believed that we'll have a war soon and felt so sad( so sad to reach such point). And by the way, what you did was really horrible (announcing such news). So shocking everybody that day...you did right"
Nadia Slamani (Sudan): "I remember being super stressed about that , Sudan , what would I do for that ? Marocco was screaming , even the other delegates were all talking at the same time.. Some of them were OUT , some were super invested in their task .. In short , it was A REAL CRISIS"
Now I would like to ask all MUN organizers, how did you announce your crisis situations ?