Friday night, with all the committees adjourned, I joined Graciella and Merone at a nearby Pizzeria for… well Pizza. You cannot visit Italy without trying their pizza, and boy do they have large portions. I took me such a long time to eat al of it, though it is most appropriate for sustaining conversations like ours. I went back to the hotel shortly after that to do some work and catch-up on some sleep.
I later found out that, like most other UWCs, the night was an eventful one with two separate parties and a whole lot of activity. The stories that could be heard the next morning were not dislike those at AC. Except in a community of 180 people, just about anything you did is known to the rest of the school pretty quickly.
On Saturday, the closing ceremony preceded all social events. Again, Peter Howell and Simone, the Rector and Staff Organizer respectively, were present. First up however were the reports from each committee. Seva and Justin pointed out the SC’s efficiency in producing 3 resolutions and passing two, one of the few committees to do so. China, the USA, Russia, Colombia (for taking off their shoes), B&H (for trying to overturn the Chairs) and Brazil (so many Points of Information and Points of Parliamentary Enquiry that they got a little mixed up themselves) all got commended, but in the end it was France that won the Best Delegation award.
The Historic Security Council passed only 1 resolution, in which the US and Russia formed the most unlikely of coalitions, agreeing upon the Israeli border and helping to write one resolution. In the end, Pierre Rabourdin (France) representing the the USSR received the Best Delegate award. In ECOSOC, a total of 6 working papers were apparently created, but few resolutions actually passed. Notably, Sierra Leone, who was the topic of the debate, managed not to actually say anything during the debate while India captured the attention of many with his chest hair poking through his national costume. It was Virginia Minni representing the UK who Best Delegate. The UNDP did manage to pass two resolutions, with (unless my memory has failed me), Piyari Paienjton representing Somalia winning Best Delegate. In the UNHRC, despite Croatia’s naps during committee sessions, resolution writing occurred and Moritz Reiterer representing Israel got Best Delegate.
After al the committees, Ambassador Gerhard Pfanzelter, former Austrian representative to the UN give a talk about his UN experience. He talked about the importance of personal relationships as well as the need to avoid being too realist or too idealistic. He admitted that there were systematic faults in the UN system, but that the UN remained an important body despite its short-comings. All in all, it was an inspiring speech, although flat at some points. The Adriatic MUN 2011 Conference ended with an inspiring speech from the SecGen who officially declared ‘AdMUN 2011 over’