There was a pause in the proceedings at the UN Forum for Forests as the delegates had the chance to listen to two guest speakers, Dr. Julianne Warren and Patrick Bartlett. Dr. Warren is an avid environmentalist who currently teaches a Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University.
At the opening of committees, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) debated how to curb the practice of commercial whaling. Judges talked about how Japan was not thinking of the future and continued the practice despite international criticism. In the past eight years, over 800 whales have been killed. The courtroom was set up with a panel of judges and two representatives, one person defending the use of commercial whaling and one criticizing the practice.