Looking for change
Delegates paying attention to the debate (Carmen López).
The second day of URJCmun started with some of our delegates arriving late to the first session. This didn’t go unnoticed by the board and they had to dance ‘La Macarena’ as a punishment. After this, the debate started with a motion presented by Japan that has reported the bad conditions in which refugee children have to live. The importance of not separating children from their families has also been underlinedtoday.
In order to protect the fundamental social and economic rights of vulnerable people, including children and young people, the Committee has emphasized the role of NGOs. The small countries want to empower their action due to their inability to overcome this problem by their own. There is no doubt this would be a major source of support for the countries. In this framework is also very important the role of the different Governments in order to speed up the process and encompass all the topics that affect the objective to offer potential solutions. But this framework can present some problems due to the huge differences between each country and, as Bangladesh stated, it would be better to focus onparticular problems. On the other hand, Senegal has affirmed the importance of not excluding anybody and saving as many lives as they possible.
Refugee crisis is affecting the entire world so it is indispensable to collaborate globally in order to finalize this crisis. Tunisia has spoken about the necessity and the lack of medical and teaching resources. Although this is a global problem there are zones and countries as Syria, with a worse situation. People travel in desperate circumstances, without adequate food, clothing or being detained at borders, possibly separated from their families. And, all too often, travelling alone, without caring adults to shield them from possible abuse. The protection of children in this situation is the most important. Some of the points they have talked about in the fifth session are: what these countries need, what is the biggest problem and what deficiencies are not covered yet.
Financial help, providing underdeveloped countries with the correct technologies for a better education, recognising specific children rights or creating an external institution where all the concerned countries could have access to potential solutions.Next sessions will be decisive so we will have to wait to see the final resolution.
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Alba Bartolomé, chronicler in UNICEF.