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Yelena y el "Presidential Classroom"

Participación y discurso que nos llenan de orgullo. Sentimos una enorme satisfacción al comunicarles que Yelena fue seleccionada -entre más de doscientos cincuenta delegados de todos los países participantes- para pronunciar uno de los discursos de cierre

En virtud de que familiares y amigos no pueden recibir por las vías normales ("Hotmail", "Gmail", etc.) la grabación del discurso que pronunció nuestra hija Yelena el viernes 4 de abril del presente año en la actividad de clausura del "Presidential Classroom", en Washington, capital de los Estados Unidos, decidimos incluirla en nuestra página para que puedan disfrutar de la misma, de igual forma que hicimos su madre y quien suscribe.

Sentimos una enorme satisfacción al comunicarles que Yelena fue seleccionada -entre más de doscientos cincuenta delegados de todos los países participantes- para pronunciar uno de los discursos de cierre.

Reciban, familiares y amigos -dentro de los que se cuentan los coauspiciadores de la participación de Yelena en el evento-, un fuerte abrazo de quien escribe estas líneas.

Transcripción del discurso
Good evening fellow PC students and PC Staff. My name is Yelena Hazim, from the Dominican Republic.

Tonight is our final night here. We’ve worked together as a group, we’ve experienced a diversity of cultures we are usually not used to, we have increased our knowledge about diplomacy but, personally more importantly, we have gained friendships I hope will last a lifetime. Presidential Classroom Future World Leaders Summit has been for me one of the most memorable weeks of my whole life. The opportunity to interact with such wonderful people from different nations is priceless.

In our "leadership" seminar we were asked about our thoughts about leaders being born or made. Either way, I do believe this week, more than 200 future leaders reinforced their promise.

One of the most significant things I’ll ever remind myself of is the relationship among students that historically have suffered from some kind of conflict. It was very emotional for me to see a German student give Ms. Erika Eckstut a PC gift, which included a kiss that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Many wars have come and gone and we, every single one of us, are the perfect example that conflicts can be overcome. I’m glad to see youth overcomes all frontiers. And I believe it is on our hands, as we grow to adults, to improve what we know, create what we don’t have and get rid of those things that separate us. Let’s make of this experience one that will be useful in the future. I encourage everybody to get to know every single person in this room, because we never know if one day we’ll see them on the news as the new president of Canada, Japan, China, Switzerland, or maybe, as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations or the OAS. And then say to our families, I had the privilege of meeting him or her.
PC Students, you all have a space in my heart, because we either met on the halls, exchanged smiles on the elevators, at breakfast, at lunch, at dinner or just because we asked each other to take one picture, and then all of a sudden we ended up with at least 8 cameras on our hands.

Working Group #1: You are all incredible people. I’ve learned so much from you guys, and you all occupy a big part of my heart, especially since I came all by myself. I’m the only one from my school and all of you opened up in just 6 days, and you are all going to be in my mind every single day. I wish I had time and I could mention something special of each one, because I do have something to say about everyone, because you are all so wonderful. And I need to include our instructors, they’ve been superb, no words to describe how thankful I am to both of you, John and Dona.

Let’s not forget this week ever. Let’s be the start of the world we all dream of as little kids.

Thank You.
Resolución del Grupo de Trabajo 1, al que pertenecía Yelena Hazim, generada por las drogas, tema de análisis desarrollado por dicho grupo en el "Presidential Classroom" 2008.


Article I: Political Implication
a. We propose to establish the International Drug Enforcement Agency (I.D.E.A.) in accordance to the following said statutes. This committee will work with all nations throughout the world to reduce the amount of illegal drugs produced, to promote educational campaign and to enforce current legislation such as the Single Convention of Narcotic Drugs. This agency will work through the United Nations general body and all means necessary. It will work in conjunction with all of its member nations to investigate cultivation, production, as well as, all administration of the resolution.
b. Each nation will have one vote on the general drug reduction council and will be comprised of all nations within the United Nations (UN).
c. Funding will be drawn from a 0.001% stipend from the concurrent nations' Gross Domestic Product (G.D.P.).
d. All nations will be expected to work cohesively and be required to reduce production by 1% every year.
e. Nations will be expected to submit to and audit from the I.D.E.A. annually and will be required to meet quarterly.
f. Countries that integrate cannabis consumption due to tradition and culture will be exempted from this resolution, as long as, they are not found exporting these drugs.
Article II: Social Implications
a. We believe that the nations throughout the world, to reduce the amount of drugs being produced, need to ostracize the social standard of acceptable drug use. Drug reduction will coincide with further world peace and unity because drugs are a source for much organized crime and many social ills. The I.D.E.A. will work through a system of incentives instead of punishments. The incentives will be distributed to the individuals and not the governments specifically.
b. Farmers complying with this resolution in each nation requiring safety will be provided with security personnel provided by the I.D.E.A.
c. Those that are in power within the drug community will be attacked by specialized personnel from the I.D.E.A. by investigation resources and strong punishment in jail (no fines).
Article III: Economic Implication
a. Countries with more resources and fewer problems with controlled substances will be responsible for the assistance of developing nations.
b. Drug production that requires crop cultivation will be reduced by substituting the agricultural way of life with other crops and a Fair Trade Policy. Fair Trade will consist of a system in which farmers will receive a fair market price for crops. This will economically sustain countries.
c. The I.D.E.A. will be responsible for the education of persons caught producing synthetic drugs, with a different trade.
d. Countries not reducing production by 1% every year, training citizens with new trades, and substituting new crops will have sanctions implemented as seen necessary voted on by the I.D.E.A. assembly.
e. Farmers that comply with the statutes will receive further economic aid from the I.D.E.A.
We strongly believe that drugs are a large problem in societies. Therefore, we as the delegates from the committee focused on drugs conclude that the first step to a drug free society is to reduce production and cultivation. Concerning production, only producing enough drugs for medical use will be allowed. The I.D.E.A. will work in coincidence with organizations in order to educate and rehabilitate as well as decultivate.
Transcripción: Nemen Hazim
Desarrollo: Yelena Hazim y demás integrantes del Grupo de Trabajo 1, "Presidential Classroom" 2008, Washington, D.C., USA (marzo 30 - abril 5/2008).

Nemen Hazim
7 de abril de 2008
San Juan, Puerto Rico