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Global Young Leaders Conference - Day 4

29 June 2015

Our 11 students and teachers embarked on a 10-day trip to Washington DC and NYC to attend The Global Young Leaders Conference. They share their thoughts.

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A large American breakfast and here we are, ready to begin another big day! We headed to our Leadership Group Meetings (LGMs) of our different countries and drew up our points for a debate that would have taken place in the afternoon. Of course, all members of the groups contributed to the discussions, but let's face it: BISS candidates were just one step in front of everyone else!

The morning continued with a speech from a representative from the World Bank. It was very interesting … for those that could avoid falling asleep on the spot after only few hours of sleep gotten the night before.  After many questions were asked, we headed back to our LGMs to continue our work.

Lunch was a great chance to eat Pizza and salad with new friends and enjoy the calm before the breaking of debates in the afternoon: we shared each other's opinions to defeat the opposing nations and to find allies. The situation started to get tense as we returned to our LGMs to wrap up our ideas into a resolution to solve the scenario of the Island of Cyprus being victim of a conflict between Greek and Turk Cypriots over the occupation of Cypriote land.

The United Nations Security Council finally begun with eight different conferences running at the same time to find a solution to the problem. Each conference included a representative of each of the countries (France, UK, USA, Russia, China, South Africa and Turkey), a President, a Vice-president and a Recorder. The meetings heat up very quickly as the delegates from different nations started debating to promote their own resolution over all the others and to convince other countries to support them. The vast majority of the results of the meetings were positive and sensible solutions were agreed in most cases.

Not to let us forget home, dinner was prepared in Chinese/Asian style and we were able to entertain ourselves by watching few angry delegates still arguing about the issue and trying to convince those that were too hungry to listen.

Back in our LGMs we came up with group cheers for the upcoming GYLC Olympic Games. In particular, South Africa managed to learn a typical dance from the country and adapted it to the World Cup song "Waka Waka".

The Olympics included stations such as Puzzle making, Taboo games, team building activities, hula-hoop skills, Pictionary, dancing and miming. All teams enjoyed the event and we all went back to our rooms with a smile on our faces and looking forward for  a goodnight sleep in preparation for our last full day in DC.

Anna Lamieri​