Harvard and Yale Model UN - Day 8: Yale Model UN Day Three

Posted a year ago

The third day at Yale has been a rollercoaster of sorts. Whilst our time here has been a mere simulation of all the issues that plague the world, we nevertheless addressed them with all due seriousness and respect. Working papers were introduced; alliances formed; resolutions debated and alliances broken. Yet despite the gravitas of these issues, or perhaps because of them, we recognized the necessity and appliance of humour in a myriad of subtle ways which reminded us that despite our respective stances in the end we were all ambassadors of peace.

I confess, the differences between the committees are great; I could never hope to, in this single paragraph, express the true spirit of the journey. Yet it was quite peculiar – for all these differences, what we had in common was all the more – an understanding that in working together we could accomplish something greater than ourselves. In saying that however, it was no small feat. Rival factions formed and passionate debates ensued. It is easy to see then, the joy that was to be had in the passing of each resolution.

Attached is one such resolution:

The Roman Senate,

Reaffirming its commitment towards the rule of law,

Expressing its continuing concern over the grave situation with regards to the collection of taxation,

Further expresses its concern over the unprofitable contracts with the Publicani,

Alarmed by the illegal acquisition of taxation by parties including, where applicable, provincial governors,

  1. Affirms the necessity: (i) For a more efficient and reliable method of tax collection throughout the provinces, (ii) For the nationalization of taxation;

  2. Calls for the dissolution of any contracts with the publicani and relegation of all power to collect taxation to provincial governors;

  3. Further calls for the establishment of the Commission Against Corruption (Henceforth, “CAC”) with powers: (i) To conduct investigations in random intervals on the nature of any corruption in the provinces by provincial governors in secrecy, (ii) To conduct investigations relating to the actions of former governors whilst in office per the request of the senate, (iii) To conduct investigations concerning the nature of corruption in the city of Rome and, To report to the Senate all findings and make appropriate recommendations.

  4. Recommends the CAC be authorized to: (i) Conduct torture on non – Roman Citizens, (ii) Conduct non – torturous interrogation on Roman Citizens;

  5. Further Recommends that CAC maintain membership be limited to between two hundred and four hundred free roman citizens, excepting freed slaves;

  6. Endorses the absolution of Marcus Tullius Cicero (Henceforth, “Cicero”), currently exiled from a 400 mile radius of Rome;

  7. Reaffirms that Cicero is restored in the Roman Senate with full rights and privileges of a senator.

  8. Invites Cicero to act as commissioner of the CAC, the office renewed every three years per the discretion of the senate;

Blog written by Model UN participant and student Tony Wu

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