As expected, today's session was a little bit more laid back than the previous ones. But that’s the beauty of URJCmun, not everything has to consist of work.
Australia,Russia and Germany presented the draft resolution to the delegates. It consisted of their plan to help finance those autonomous regions who needed to seek financial stability before being able to decide if they wished to seek independence with a referendum process.The People's Republic of China proposed an amendment to get more collaborations from the other committees of the United Nations since only UNICEF had been mentioned in the draft. The resolution passed with 21 votes in favor and 2 abstentions from the UK and the US.
The session came to the conclusion that in order to get the inhabitants of those territories the right to vote, the richer countries should sponsor their referendum process and help educate the citizens in order to make sure that they are aware of what they are doing.
The delegates from abroad were taught a lesson of Spanish culture with China’s rendition of Saying. Finally and after much acclaim, our chair surprised us with a lovely dance to The single ladies.
Congratulations to all the delegates for their hard work but especially to Chad, Germany and the United States who received their awards during the closing ceremony.
Today we change to topic A: colonialism.The delegates from Spain and West Sahara paid us a visit so that we could ask them questions regarding their status and positions.
Germany proposed a motion to temporarily expell the United States, which did not pass but seemed to affect the American delegation, who stated that Independence did not have to be the only option. Surprisingly considering the topic, Great Britain remained worryingly silent. Even though it’s though it’s the nation with the most colonies out of all of them, it did not seem to have much to contribute to the debate.
Clearly this topic incites very passionate reactions. After China’s proposal for a motion to discuss the Falkland Islands, Argentina and the United States had a very heated debate. China was also attacked because of their stance with Tibet, as well as Russia's stance with Crimea.
The State of Palestine is clearly very passionate about this topic.Once they talked about Puerto Rico, the delegates united against America and the Trump administration.
The United States tried to defent its ally Great Britain, but it seemed hypocritial of them to attack the other nations when they did not always listen to the pleas of their autonomous territories.
Various countries came together after Germany proposed creating a working paper on a measure to try to aid those autonomous regions who need to become financially stable before seeking independence. The general consensus was that it is crucial to help all citizens to live in democracy.
As sad as the topic of war and mercenaries may be, the gossip box contained more than one happy surprise to cheer the session up. With multiple love confessions and a few challenges for the delegates, we were entertained with such varied songs from I will always love you to The Marseillaise.
Since following the rules is crucial, Russia and Brazil were punished for failing to use the second person by being forced to dance to Barbie Girl and the delegates who arrived late had to perform the macarena, showing us how it is done in France.
But not all was fun and games and at URJCmun we take our jobs very seriously. Multiple unmoderated caucuses were utilized in order to create a resolution to regulate PMCs internationally, which passed with 18 votes in favor.
The first session began with a summary of the points discussed yesterday since we were joined for the first time by two new countries (Nigeria and Congo) and Amnesty International. The countries who’ve been here since the beginning seemed to have become more acquainted with each other since note passing became more prominent.
The most important topic became whether or not countries should create international laws to regulate the use of contractors. When Turkey stated that national laws were enough, Palestine implied that if that was the case women still wouldn’t be able to vote today and urged the delegates to create a legal framework to manage this issue,
Tension arose when the United States was forced to defend themselves after a news article about an alleged chemical attack by American hired PMCs in Gaza was leaked. This lead to a debate between the countries about whether or not the news sources should or could be trusted. The delegate claimed that it could not be proved that the attack was carried out by them but the State of Palestine, who has butt heads more than once with the United States so far, condemned their actions and defended the legitimacy of the press.
Right off the bat, there's alliances, fights and even love confessions. We can only wonder what the next few days have in store for us
The first day starts off with a debate about Private Military Companies. Dr. Petr Dobias had already talked to the delegates about this issue, even though he found that some of them had more interest on their phones than on the topic.
The general consensus seemed to be that it is crucial to regulate PMCs but their use can lead to a series of benefits. Chad agreed that even though they had been affected by PMCs in the past, currently they were helping them fight Boko Haram and prevent the radical islamization of their country. Brazil raised an interesting point, in which they alluded to the fact that those countries that don’t have enough money to build an impressive army aren’t capable of defending themselves like the rich ones.
A motion proposed by the Russian Federation abruptly failed because they asked for an unmoderated consensus too early. But not everything went wrong for Russia since they seemed to form an unusual alliance with Australia already, passing a few notes back and forth and agreeing with their points.
The United States’ interventions caused a slight stir in the fairly calm first sessions. The Trump administration seems to be concerned about the regulations that could be applied to Military interventions since they think that this goes against each country’s freedom. Although Germany agreed that interfering with a country's military policies could be problematic, the reality is that regulations are necessary.
Things got tense when the United States questioned how one could prosecute Private Military Companies when by doing so they would need to prosecute the contractor which is the State and which one cannot do.
Once the State of Palestine claimed that there had been a lot of lies told on that day, the United States felt like it was a personal attack and asked for the Right to reply, which was promptly denied. Now that each delegate has a general idea of each country’s policies, we can only wonder which other confrontations could arise.
How can we defend people’s lives if we are not given the necessary data to save them? Since the most used word of the day was liberty, where does my freedom start and where does yours begin?