Posted on May 10, 2019
During the SUMUN held on April 27th, organized by the Rotary Club of Paramaribo and the Law Faculty of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, the delegates of the various nations in the UN debated on pressing matters regarding the theme of “Refugees and Migrants”. The Human Rights Council debated on the topic of “the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela” and in the General Assembly their debate was regarding “the humanitarian crisis in Yemen”. In addition to 7 weeks of training on the Saturdays, prior to the SUMUN on the 27th of April, on personal leadership skills, communication and debating techniques, and training and information sharing regarding Refugees and Migrants, the delegates were well prepared and guided through-out the past 2 months by the chairs and the vice-chairs of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the General Assembly (GA) regarding research, rules of procedures, writing of the position papers, public speaking skills and more.
The solutions presented by the HRC included :
  • Reaffirms the primary responsibility of all States to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of their citizens and to fulfil their obligations under the human rights treaties and agreements to which they are parties;
  • Believes that pregnant women, children and skilled laborers from Venezuela seeking refuge in other countries, should be given an accelerated asylum-seeking process.
  • Encourages the settlement of disputes between Venezuela and USA;
  • Draws the attention that aid should be delivered in a politically neutral way to those most in need;
  • Calls for financial assistance in Venezuela’s agricultural sector to stimulate the production of staple foods such as rice, beans, and corn;
  • Lift the economic and financial blockades.

The representative of Libya, Junior Bharratt, received the award for the “Best Speaking” delegate in the Human Rights Council because of his excellent speaking and debating skills. He presented himself with firm and clear positions. Above all, he was willing and prepared to work with other delegates, and included them in the various unmoderated caucuses.

The representative of Venezuela, Modesty van de Leuv received the award of “Most Outstanding” delegate award in the HRC, because of her excellent performance from day 1 during the training sessions up to and including the SUMUN on the 27th of April. She was determined, very clear and diplomatic and proved to be able to work together with her close delegates.

The representative of the Netherlands in the General Assembly, Chathera Adrai, received the award for the “Best Speaking” delegate in the General Assembly, because of her outspoken and well formulated opinions regarding the issues within the council and also because of her power to work together with the other member states. 
The representative of Venezuela in the General Assembly, Ayush Gajadien, received the award for “Most outstanding delegate”, due to his insight and vision on the current issues from the first day of the training sessions up to and including the SUMUN on the 27th of April.