Finally, here we are. Today it is the last day of URJCMUN on its fourth edition and we could see a change in the attitude of some of our delegates. We thought the last party in an Irish pub did not provoke this, but also. They have been so implicated in this model, in its issues, than they do not want to leave these rooms and come back to the reality.
As always, we have 38 delegates, but now they must debate another topic: “Disarmament and reintegration of child after a conflict”. China initiated the debate with a motion about measures to tackle the recruitment of child soldiers. Its principal ideas were preventing the use chemical weapons in wars, facilitating the reintegration into their families and the scholar system. To sum up, as a qualified country, they offered their help.
States, such as France and Russia, are especially committed. For example, the French Republic gave two million euros the last year like Africa and improved a programme including humanitarian and financial assistance. Russia, on the other hand, believed that education is the key. Most of the soldiers are volunteers because they thought their situation could be better if the join the war.
Israel, with its constant attacks, said: “We must work with the agencies in order they were seemed as efficient, transparent and unbiased. That is why they thought the UN is biased against Israel. The
Human Right Watch is concerned about the situation, which is unsustainable. There are too many children. Although they know they are working, it is necessary effort and constancy.
The delegation of Mexico said in order to centre the debate the following statement: “A child associated with an armed force or armed group refers to any person below 18 years of age who is, or who has been, recruited or used by an armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to children, boys and girls, used as fighters, cooks, porters, spies or for sexual purposes.” In general, many countries have the similar point of view about this topic.
The delegation of Saudi Arabia in order to prevent volunteer children suggested the application of a better education and investments in this field, the immigration of some of these children as a way to get better education and the obtaining of medical personal, such as psychologists.
Mali accused directly the Russian Federation. In its country, there is not a lack of education. All the children under 15 years go to school. The main problem is rebel and terrorist groups. Iran and Nigeria defended a new treaty is not enough to cut down the issue. It is compulsory to fight terrorist groups and impose sanctions for those countries, which do not defend children in their areas.
In other terms, Israel attacked the Human Right Watch. They thought this agency and others are biased and they are not working.
Recreating a famous episode from “The Simpsons”, delegations such as the United States and Russia said: “Children are the future”. However, they defended different points of view. Russia was astonished because of the attitude of the United States because they did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of Children. China asked directly to some countries (Afghanistan, Rwanda) what did they need in order to improve their situation.
Lebanon stated clearly the lack of social recourses increases the possibility of entering in a war. If war ends, soldier children will end too. Congo explained China that they needed equipment, supplies, professionals and financial assistance.
Returning to the General speaker list, Israel accused Palestine of using children to obtain their goals. They begged the rest of the states to join them and stop the biased UN.
Japan introduced a motion about the recruitment of soldier children by terrorist groups. They stood up for more money from UNICEF, like China, including the World Bank. China believed in reinforcing the strength of each nation as a way to get an opportunity to cut down the issue. For this mission, these countries will be given all kind of resources, so they could take care of children.
Mali was against cutting the relations with the countries, which are around their borders. For example, they would die of hunger if they do not receive food from Argelia. Westerns countries supported guns in order to preserve the democracy in some African countries. Japan forced the countries to focus on the topic. Nobody wanted to see children harmed and all the delegations clapped.
After the coffee break, the Russian Federation ask for thirty seconds of silence. After that, the delegations of Russia, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Israel, Syria, Turkey and Algeria must dance the song “International Love” because of being late this morning.
China and France raised a motion to debate the main points of their working paper. In its preamble, they included previous resolutions and their support for the current situation. Japan and Australia offered as signatures because of the objective of the resolution: stopping armed conflicts. Israel wanted to include a clause just to say that agencies, such as UN, must be truly impartial and transparent. South Africa, Egypt and Mali talked about economic sanctions for those countries which take benefits from war, look for medical personal to avoid physiological problems and the implementation of the high level of studies.
At the end, France introduced a motion to raise their draft resolution and read it. With 31 votes in favour and 2 against, the resolution was approved.
As a routine, the chair and co-chair awarded the delegates with some categories. Both “Miss DISEC” and “Most likely to become a dictator” was the delegation of Russia; both “Mister DISEC” and “Best dressed” was the French Republic; Both “Funniest delegation” and “Best Christian Grey” was the delegation of Israel; “Most likely to end under a bridge” was the delegation of North Korea; “Ghost delegation” was Ukraine; “Delegation coming to flirt” was Iran; and, meanwhile the gossip box was read, the table considered that Japan was “The fastest delegation”.
As a tradition too, the Secretariat gave some carnations and we discovered that the Russian Federation and Israel maintain closed relations and Cuba hoards all this flowers.
The Disarmament and International Security Committee achieved two resolutions in just two days, but the most important point was the friendships they gained along these four days. Many of them were old friends, but everyday you can learn something from people you know better.