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XIII Annual Session (2013)


By Sirpa Hildén - Posted on 21 May 2013

The guest speaker Mr Pekka Haavisto
The guest speaker Mr Pekka Haavisto

The HELIMUN XII Annual Session was held at Kulosaari Secondary School on May 7-8, 2013. The theme of the XIII Annual Session was Human Rights and the issues on the agenda were all somehow related to human rights. The HRC issues were the Question of contemporary forms of slavery and the Question of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and in the Security Council the delegates were trying to find a solution to the Question of the conflict between Sudan and South-Sudan and the Question of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Voting in the Security Council
Voting in the Security Council

This year 170 students from other schools participated in HELIMUN, so the total amount of students involved in the conference was over 300. During the two day conference we heard a lot of excellent speeches and many students overcame their fear of public speaking.

The International Court of Justice, led by Ms Noora Magd and adviced by Mrs Pia Karttunen, tackled the case Violations of Nicaraguan sovereignty and major environmental damages to its territory (Nicaragua vs Costa Rica) and after two days of listening to the advocates presenting their evidence and examining their witnesses came to a conclusion in favour of Costa Rica,

The most memorable moment of HELIMUN must have been the speech of our guest speaker, Mr Pekka Haavisto, who spoke about the United Nations, and especially about the reality in field work in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Somalia.