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PostSubject: ICWW Summit: Day 1   Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:30 pm

Day 1



The proceedings began at exactly 9 a.m. on the 5th of June, 2023, the huge double doors to the gargantuan conference room closing with a clear message. Late comers were not allowed. Presiding over the day's meeting, Secretary Ng Yu Soh stood gracefully from her seat at the head of the conference, delivering the perfected welcome address and outlining the rules - once again - for the benefit of all delegates. Each representative would be given ten minutes to outline why they wished for a Yay or Nay on the matter of abolishing the Statute of Secrecy held aloft for close to four hundred years. Once an explanation would be given, the representative would utter an explicit "Yay" or "Nay".

Ng Yu Soh's address summarized the current state of the statute, how there was no point in denying that it was more holes than shield these days, how there was simply not enough manpower to police every territory and so the statute's survival could only be possible if every representative endorsed it in his or her own territory.

Finally, she opened the floor to all those gathered while an assistant released a banner with the list of countries gathered, in alphabetical order. This would symbolize their turn. The first delegate to speak up would be Algerian.

List of countries being represented:


  1. Algeria
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Belgium
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Denmark
  7. Dominican Republic
  8. El Salvador
  9. Fiji
  10. Finland
  11. France
  12. Georgia
  13. Germany
  14. Greece
  15. India
  16. Japan
  17. Jordan
  18. Kuwait
  19. Serbia
  20. Somalia
  21. Spain
  22. Sri Lanka
  23. United Arab Emirates
  24. United Kingdom
  25. United States of America
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PostSubject: Re: ICWW Summit: Day 1   Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:22 am

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Lucien stood when he was introduced, swallowing his nerves. He approached the podium, his papers in a neat stack in front of him, and stood straight, projecting as much confidence as he could muster. He nodded at the Vietnamese secretary who was moderating the conference.

“Thank you, Secretary Soh. Ladies, gentlemen, my esteemed associates, I am honored to be here with you today. As the sitting mayor of Ottawa for the past four years, the plight of wizards in the non-magical community has not escaped my attention.

“Four years ago, the Canadian Minister for Magic contacted me regarding an issue faced by a large number of my constituents: the number of magical children born to non-magical parents is increasing every year. As wizarding society shifts to become less hostile towards those without magic, many seemingly non-magical people unwittingly carry magical genes, which they pass on to their children. Unfortunately, as this number grows, so does the number of those who slip under the radar.

“In Canada, wizards have merged almost seamlessly with the rest of society. Wizards are marrying non-magical spouses, working non-magical jobs, and even, like me, holding public office in the non-magical government. An estimated ten percent of my voter base are of magical heritage--an astonishing number, considering they make up only an approximate seven percent of Canada. Canadian wizards and witches are involved in all aspects of non-magical society, from politics, to education, to family. They care about the affairs of our country. They are wizards, yes, but they are also Canadians.

“As such, all of them, magical and non-magical alike, are my responsibility. And now I ask you, how can I make the best decisions for my people, when I am not permitted to inform ninety-three percent of them of the other seven percent’s existence? How am I supposed to ensure the safety and comfort of seven percent of my population, when I am unable to address them directly?

“For the past four years, I have worked tirelessly alongside the Canadian Ministry of Magic to make the best decisions for our people--all of our people. But I cannot pass legislation for the benefit of the wizarding community if the majority of my Council is unaware of their existence.

“Magical children everywhere are uninformed of their abilities. They are confused, their parents can't help them, and though the Ministry struggles to locate and accommodate all of them, our system is far from perfect. If we were able to provide public support for young wizards and witches, we could make sure that none of them feel broken or cast out because of who they are. Instead, we must act discreetly, and our secrecy costs us, on average, at least two eleven-year old children per year in the province of Ontario who are missed by the system we’ve set up. It is not many, but it adds up.

“Canadian wizards are already well-integrated into non-magical society. If one in fourteen of us is wizardkind, then just about every non-magical citizen has at least one friend, one family member, one coworker who is of magical descent. Wizards and non-wizards have been peacefully coexisting for decades, many just don’t know it yet. I have complete faith in the people of Canada, that we will not let one revelation rip us apart. That if the Statute is removed, and wizards are free to be acknowledged, we will not betray or reject our own friends and families for something they cannot control. We are better than that.

“On behalf of the people of Canada, I propose an end to this archaic Statute of Secrecy. It is long past its time, and it has outlived its usefulness. The contract was signed three hundred and thirty years ago. Three hundred and thirty years ago, it was necessary. It was a different world. We have come a long way since the witch trials of the late seventeenth century. We’ve seen unimaginable social progress. This day, therefore, is long overdue.

“We have reached a point in our history where the Statute has begun to do more harm than good. Wizards can no longer be burned at the stake for existing, but they can be overlooked by those who mean to aid them. The Minister and I are trying to do right by our people, but it is impossible to do so to the full extent of our potential, as long as we are limited by this one outdated law.

“Our goal in this day and age is no longer simply survival. It is prosperity, comfort, and success for all people. The days of hiding are over. We possess the means to exist. What we need is the means to thrive.

“Yay, the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy must be abolished, for the betterment of wizardkind, and in order to reach the full potential of our society. Thank you.”

Lucien gave a slight bow as he removed his papers from the stand and returned to his seat.

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PostSubject: Re: ICWW Summit: Day 1   Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:27 am

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Being raised in such a small country her whole life, it was more than intimidating to see what countries she surrounded herself with. Valentina knew that the main players were also the countries that forcefully colonized her own, but she wanted to stand out. Yes her country was small, and yes it was considered poverty stricken, but Central America stood strong within the countries surrounding them.

One and on she heard each and every representative make their speech. And for each one she smiled politely and clapped out of respect; she tried not to allow her displeasure to show. She knew often times her husband had at one point told her she wore her heart on her sleeve, and it was best to hide it from the world unless you were ready to play those cards.

So as her fellow Latinx country finished his speech she found herself getting up. The room soon was silent and her heels clacked as she confidently walked towards the podium. Moving a strand of hair behind her ear she found herself speaking, not from her notes but from her heart.

"Buenos dias everyone. I am glad that we are all here to take part in a monumental moment, one that can hopefully move us towards a more positive perspective in life. And while I may not have as much grandeur as the other countries here, I'd like to take a second to share a bit about myself and my country."

"I was raised in a small village where people feared magic. Anyone deemed a 'bruja' would be immediately blamed for any misfortune that came to the neighbors and their houses would be set ablaze. Let me remind you that this was a few decades ago. My family" she took a deep breath. " They abandoned me as they realized that their child was
'cursed'. And let me tell you as a child and being different and not knowing why is a frightening thing.

I propose a change in mindset. Once, hundreds of years ago, imperialists came to my country, and my neighboring brethren and took our identity. They burned our magic books, our healers, our history. The magic roots of our Native people where pushed down and repressed by our overlords.

Before, integration was a natural thing, it brought with it the magic that nature carried, from healing to language. And I think we need to bring it back. Let us bring up our future generation in an accepting society where the fears of standing out and of being labeled 'freaks' are removed and where muggle families can educate themselves and provide a safe haven for their muggleborn children. I think with the divisiveness within our society, what would bring the most unity than integration.

This law was passed centuries ago where the way to remove power was to divide the people. They share our blood, they have the same aspirations as we do, so why not become one society? My vote is Yay. Let us be together and move forward to a closer idea of utopia.

Thank you"  


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PostSubject: Re: ICWW Summit: Day 1   Yesterday at 5:51 am


One by one, Lord and Lady Clement watched their contemporaries step up and disclose the conditions of their countries, of the current political climate, and made an earnest plea in the name of peace. The pattern remained the same no matter which way they voted, and after the third representative, a clear pattern emerged. All these world leaders sought the impossible, a utopia that would never exist let alone last. Luckily the Clements had no such notions.

When France was called to the podium, both the Lord and Lady Clement stood. This was not a conference to bring dates and plus ones to. Both of them were here in their equal capacity as rulers and so had decided to give their speech together. The decision had been well guarded, even their speech writers hadn’t known. It had been up to Louis and Vanessa to combine their points late into the night after the wordsmiths had done their work. Dressed in some o the finest French embroidery known to mankind and taking Louis’ hand as was second nature, the Lady Clement took the podium, being the first to speak.

“Well met and fair fortunes,” she began, choosing the traditional greeting of the house instead of opting for the professional greeting everyone else would have gone for. “While we hail from the great nation of France, we do more than simply hail from it. As beautiful as she is, France was made on the backs of our family. The Clements have had an active role in steering our nation for the past four hundred years.  Our ancestors – including Louis Clement and Claudia Clement the firsts were among the wizards and witches who signed the enacted this statute of secrecy into being. Thomas Clement and Lissette Clement the firsts solidified it after them. Therefore we come to this summit both as keepers of traditions and heralds of the new age.”

Vanessa paused, only for Louis to pick up seamlessly where she had left of. “Much of the burden on the Statute stems from the widespread use of technology both among wizards and Muggles, something the Lady Clement and I have made no efforts to reduce.  Progress, we believe, cannot be stopped and so we have done what our House always does, we have nurtured that progress, guided it and made it safe for our people. If traditions are the building blocks of our lives, progress is the upkeep without which our life would fall into disrepair. Tradition and innovation should therefore always be treated with equal importance.” His gaze was steely, direct and unyielding in that last sentence before he too paused to give the floor to his wife once again.

“We do not seek “peace” or a “utopia”,” Vanessa continued smoothly, making sure not to look pointedly at the people who had made use of those words. It wasn’t to offend, it was simply the truth. “France has been at peace these last four hundred years. The revolution steered by our ancestors made sure of that. And France will continue to exist in peace regardless of the decisions made here today. What we seek is order, order to not only maintain but optimize what our nation can do. And that optimization can’t be done with any number of our population unaware of the other. Our predecessors realized this a long time ago and as a result, magic is integrated into our culture in a safe, harmonious way to the point where the statute stands null. A magical child can freely wave his or her wand around Versailles and only be looked at with adoration and smile. Potion shops exist alongside pharmacies and clinics. We have found that rebranding does wonders for a populace.”

“For what is magic if not being able to send emails thousands of miles away at the tap of a key,” Louis continued. “How is the capturing of time and place in picture perfect video detail not an expression of magic? The devices that allow us to track, see, observe and predict the future, these are all magical means invented by Muggles. Our Muggles who seek progress as much as wizards do. The goal of our population is the same, so is our journey. Divisiveness at this point is counterproductive to our aim. So France votes Yay to the abolishment of Statute of Secrecy it helped pass into law all those centuries ago. As leaders and lawmakers of this world, the worse mistake we can make is refuse change. And France will not make that mistake.”

With that, both the Lord and Lady Clement stepped back, signaling their combined speech over. Resuming their seats once more. The distinguished couple settled in for the rest of the afternoon, taking sparse notes and maintaining a laser focus on what was being said and shown.

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