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MainMUN 2018: Best of

Dear Delegates,

the past few days have gone by in a whirlwind! Most probably, you were at times not able to follow this blog as closely as you wanted (honestly, neither could we). Therefore, we have put together a list of a few highlights that you should definitely have a look at.

We will also try to tag some of our favourite memes as #qualitymemes.

Happy browsing!

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Dress Codes throughout the ages

Formal wear may not be liked by all, but it is undeniable that it makes one feel fabulous. From strict tuxedos to narrow skirts, all these combine into a special formal gear. But how did this uniform change through the years?

Let’s take a quick look at the transformations in the past 100 years.

1910s:

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This period is marked by modesty and conservatism.

Men would wear black tail coats with white shirts with high collar, together with some classy white gloves and tight vests. Generally speaking, black & white combo would continue to be dominant throughout the century for men, as the absolute classic colour combo.

Women too presented themselves in absolute grace, with some long gloves and hair done up.

If you ever watched Titanic, you can get a clear idea.

 

1920s

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The motto was definitely ‘going loose.’

Relatively speaking, men’s wear remained relatively the same, with some additional accessories of a walking stick, pocket watch on chain and a top hat. Yet some enjoyed flashy neckties and gold-covered walking sticks.

Women though enjoyed a greater freedom of dress. Shapeless dresses with shorter lengths decorated with fringes and feathers. A long pearl necklace and headbands are some of the iconic ‘flapper’ accessories.

Everyone for sure has seen ‘The Great Gatsby.’

1930s

4An unstable period in the world and a drastic change in clothing; that is how the period can be described.

Men wore suits with extra-broad shoulders and thin waists, emphasizing the ideal manly figure.

Women too went back to highlighting their hourglass figures. Long, sleek and sexy dresses were the key characteristics of evening gowns, usually with backless designs. Being inspired by Ancient Greek and Egyptian Goddesses, this was seen in the modest elegance of the outfits.

‘Water for Elephants,’ for example, captures this well.

1940s

5Strictness and simplicity – the right words to describe this decade in a nutshell.

During war times, financial ability to walk around in lavish outfits was minimized. Military uniform became part of the formal uniform for men, with a bold look in general.

Women’s dresses simulated the Victorian age. Puffed sleeves, column-shaped gowns and short jackets grew in popularity. While black was the most popular colour, pink, red and blue too had a large consumer demand. In a less fancy manner, narrow skirts with knee length and jackets were the common pieces.

This is well seen in ‘Allied.’

1950s

6The Golden Years definitely impacted the formal wear.

Being marked with wealth and elegance, the period led to men continuing to dress up in suits with wide shoulders, yet with a greater variety of classic colours of grey, blue and red.

The female outfits are too one of the most legendary. Brighter colours such as red have returned, and a certain romantic and glamorous touch was largely present. Skirts have too become wider, usually reaching the length between ankle and knee.

‘Far from heaven’ is a good example.

1960s

7As it was indeed a socially revolutionary era, this reflected in the formal wear.

However, men’s wear unsurprisingly maintained the conservative nature with a simpler style.

The clothes worn by women have changed though. Shorter and narrow skirts, jackets and hats have ruled the decade, with more colours appearing on the acceptable palette. Simpler style was present overall, with fewer materials being used.

The movie ‘Jackie’ greatly represents the formal wear of women, based on the style of one of the America’s fashion icons.

1970s

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More freedom in formal dresscode can be marked, as the transmission to a new era of formal wear is developing.

While the style of suits for men remained the same, more colours started to become acceptable.

Women had more loose dresses, with brighter colours and thin fabric all forming a sense of social freedom.

The exhibition of ‘Anchorman’ movie portrays that sufficiently.

 

1980s/1990s/2000s

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Starting from 1980s, a modern uniform has been established in the rules of formal wear.

While men have always worn suits with slight fluctuations in style here and there, women too started to adapt suits more and more in the past 3 decades. Usually, the colours of white, black, dark blue or beige are preferred, marking this as the absolute classic.

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Simpler style which is more fit to the natural body structure is now the ultimate way to dress and impress. Narrow trousers and blasers are the ultimate ingredients to the recipe of correct formal attire, where only the 90s have been the last moments with widened shoulder pads and baggy suits.

Statement on the advantages and disadvantages of double delegations

At this year’s MainMUN OSCE committee, a model of double delegations, meaning that each country is represented by two members was used. In several  controversial interviews it was stated that it is nice to have a fellow member, but also difficult at times. On the one hand a second opinion can be helpful, in order to develope a more precise statement. Furthermore, it distributes the amount of work onto two pairs of shoulders and time can be used more efficient. On the other hand it also means that one has to cooporate with the other delegate—sometimes not easy, especially if they do not know eachother. Disagreements are certain, but shared experiences strengthen relationships and might lead to unexpected friendships.

Quiz: How much do you know about the UN?

1) Which one of those countries has joined the UN the latest?

  1. a) Bulgaria
  2. b) Cameroon
  3. c) Canada
  4. d) Brazil

2) In which year has the name “United Nations” been coined?

  1. a) 1940
  2. b) 1952
  3. c) 1945
  4. d) 1942

3) How many member states do the United Nations currently have?

  1. a) 203
  2. b) 184
  3. c) 166
  4. d) 193

4) How many official languages does the UN have?

  1. a) 3
  2. b) 6
  3. c) 9
  4. d) 5

5) In 70 years, the United Nations, its specialised agencies, related agencies, funds, programmes and staff were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize [??????] times.

  1. a) 12
  2. b) 11
  3. c) 10
  4. d) 9

6)What does Orlando Bloom have to do with the UN?

  1. a) he is the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  2. b) The Secretary General loves his movies and organized a weekly movienight for the delegates
  3. c) he is the model for a campaign the UN is currently launching
  4. d) he is the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Highlight for answers:  1a, 2d, 3d, 4b, 5b, 6a

HABEMUS PAPAM!

Rome. Glory be upon THE LORD for HE has blessed us!

In a sudden and strange turn of events, a new Pope has been selected in the Vatican. After the last pope had died recently under mysterious circumstances, Italy faced a moral and institutional crisis. It seems like the Vatican wanted to play safe: The new head of the Catholic church is a longstanding diplomat and has been serving as foreign minister for several years. How the new pope will be able to unite his two roles as quasi-dictator of the Vatican and representative of a democratic state is yet unclear.

This doesn’t seem to have concerned the millions of catholics turning out all over the world to celebrate their new spiritual leader.

The Pope is expected to choose the name of Obturatius I. and appear publicly for the first time soon.

HABEMUS PAPAM!

 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie.
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in temptationem,
sed libera nos a malo.
Quia tuum est regnum et potestas et gloria
in saecula.
Amen.

Speech of the Delegate of the Nation of Horrible Puns

Fellow Delegates, honourable Chair,

We have the distinct honour of speaking to you on behalf of our country, the great nation of Horrible Puns, today, in order to raise awareness addressing a dire situation that has struck our beautiful nation.
We are sure you all have heard about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda. He was lucky it was a soft drink.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg: Last night, we had a dream that we were swimming in an ocean of orange soda. But turns out, it was just a Fanta sea.
I turn to you today, wondering: What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question? [PAUSE]

We, the nation of Horrible Puns, call on the Security Council to support our efforts in spreading the joy of horrible puns across the world. Together with our friends, the Republic of Dad Jokes, we demand an increase of bad jokes, unfunny memes, and horrible puns.

A fellow delegate recently tried to annoy us with bird puns, but soon we realized that toucan play at this game.

In closing, we would like to leave you with our favourite pun:

How many Germans does it take to change a light bulb? — One. They are very efficient and don’t make jokes.

Thank you!

In case of questions:
How do you lose 30 pounds in one minute? — Go to England and buy something.
What is the tallest building in any city? — A library. It has the most stories.
“Private, I didn’t see you at camouflage practice today.” — “Thank you, sir!”
A German bedtime story:
There once was a boy who didn’t want to eat his soup.
He starved to death.
Gute Nacht!

Let’s meet MainMUN participants from around the world!

More than 200 people with about 40 different nationalities participate in the Main MUN 2018. Some of them travelled a long way for this experience. During the conference the press team had the chance to meet some international students and got exiting insights on different experiences and challenges during Main MUN 2018. May we introduce…

_MG_0269Ana came all the way from Georgia to participate to the Main MUN conference as a member of the Red Cross. This year she will finish her Master studies in Georgian Linguistics. Unfortunately, she had not much time for sightseeing but is impressed by the mixture of both old and new architecture in Frankfurt. The Main MUN 2018 is her second conference and she would definitely like to participate in her next MUN soon.

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Essra learned about the MUN conferences from the internet. Together with a friend she travelled from Egypt to Frankfurt to participate in her first MUN. While she really enjoys the international atmosphere, the Main MUN conference is actually a training for her because she would like to work for the UN in the future. What she finds most interesting about the UN is that different countries can have a completely different political system but at the UN they come together to work on the same topics, not only on political but also on economic and other issues. After her Bachelor studies Essra would like to start her Master studies in Germany or Italy so she might be back in Frankfurt someday.

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Ceren (16) and Lina (17), two high school students from Turkey, participate in the Main MUN for the first time, after they had already joined a MUN conference in Istanbul before.

While they did enjoy the city tour through Frankfurt, it is hard for them to deal with the cold weather – even inside during the sessions. Apart from the weather, Lina and Ceren see some other differences between their first MUN conference in Istanbul and the current Main MUN. While there are very young students in Turkey who are even younger than Lina and Ceren, there are many university students here in Frankfurt. Furthermore, the debates are structured a little different. Lina and Ceren believe that the Main MUN conference is a great experience and will help them with their future studies.

When you ask Emmanuel and Enoch where they are from, the question is difficult to answer. Both are Ghanaian but the friends have lived in Qatar for seven years where their parents work. Now they are studying International and European Law in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the both of them did not enjoy Frankfurt that much but instead the conference even more. Both made many new friends at the MainMUN. At MainMUN they really appreciate the professional atmosphere. They learned a lot while preparing for the topics on digital innovation. As they are thinking that the conference is very beneficial to them, they already recommended next year’s MainMUN to their friends.

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Chloe, Axel, Carla, Fan, Servilienne and Arnaud are university students from France who came to Frankfurt together to participate in the MainMUN. It was their first MainMUN conference. At their University at Tours they have a weekly simulation of one UN Committee where they discuss one topic per week. The experience at MainMUN is different because you are actually working on resolution papers. While they are a little disappointed of the lack of debates in their committee all in all they stress that MainMUN is a great experience because it is a good training and quiet a real experience. They also liked Frankfurt as they had not expected it to be a very modern city before they came here.

Katerina is Russian but has lived in Cyprus most of her life. MainMUN 2018 is the fourth MUN conference the 17 years old is participating in. She participated both as a delegate and a journalist before. She really likes the atmosphere because you have to work and think constantly. This helps her to learn more about herself and encourages her to become a journalist. What she likes about MainMUN is that you learn a lot about communication and social acting. She likes the welcoming people in Frankfurt. She has never been to such a huge city and is impressed, that you can find coziness in the old town, although Frankfurt is Europe’s financial centre.

Thanks for sharing your experiences! As there are a lot more nationalities participating we hope that you all take the chance to meet them during the sessions and social events. That will be a great opportunity to exchange views and experiences.