Final Clause Discussed In The Security Council

Now, a clause proposed by the USA urging the Security Council to combat unsustainable deforestation in Haiti passes after some lengthy discussion and many Points of Information. This year’s Security Council has come to an end. It has been an amazing experience for everyone involved, and will definitely remain unforgettable  to all the delegates and chairs.

I doubt anyone involved in the Security Council will forget how Japan suggested “Humanitarian Military Intervention” to deal with the DPRK, or how China’s Delegate got his way (most of the time anyway).

The delegates are slowly leaving the conference room, with many more friends, experiences and happy moments (and maybe one or two more enemies) than what they had when they first walked through those doors three days ago. This year’s Security Council has been without a doubt a tremendous success, and on behalf of everyone I would like to thank the Chairs for making this experience unique for everyone.

 

Japan Denied Security… In The Security Council

A clause submitted by Japan is currently being discussed in the Security Council – the clause requests the placement of the Iron Dome defence system along the Korean Demilitarized Zone and west coast of Japan in order to eliminate the threat of a nuclear or aerial attack in the DPRK.

The clause is immediately opposed by the delegate of China, who says:

“We are suspicious of Japan’s clause. North Korea feels threatened and provoked by the actions of neighboring countries. North Korea’s nuclear programme is their only mean of negotiation.” – China

The delegate of Sweden, Russia and the UK, state that this clause, if passed, would be a provocative gesture and could start a nuclear war. The delegate of Ukraine believes that this clause contradicts the purpose of the previous clause which refers to easing sanctions on the DPRK, and states that the borders with Korea are one of the most militarized zones. Another argument is that the Security Council is in place to protect the international community, and not just a select few – it seems that a few delegates are in denial that Japan is a part of the international community.

In retaliation to all the opposition, the delegate of the USA says in a short speech:

“We are dealing with an uncertain North Korea… A North Korea with an irrational leader and a North Korea with weapons of mass destruction. We cannot take our international security for granted. The placing of iron domes will ensure the security of these countries.”

With three of the five permanent members denouncing the clause and only one vocally supporting it, a P5 Caucus is held, where they collectively decided to abstain.

During voting, four delegates vote for, two delegates vote against and the rest abstain. China, who has already planned ahead, puts forth a motion to divide the house, meaning that all delegates have to vote either for or against. This lead to the delegates of China, France and the UK VETO-ing the clause and thus the clause does not pass. This is the third time the permanent five members in this year’s annual session — in comparison, the actual P5 have only exercised their VETO powers on 23 occasions from the beginning of the 21st century.

The P5 Caucus taking place outside the conference room

Historical Security Council: Dalai Lama assassinated! China under suspicion for yet another crime?

10:18 am Another crisis arises in the Historical Security Council. The Dalai Lama has been assassinated and suspicions are aimed towards the Chinese government once again, after also having been suspected for the murder of Charles De Gaulle. Delegates of most countries are very cautious towards their negotiations with China, and are rethinking their deals and China’s trustworthiness. The delegate of China once again feels attacked.

Give land back to China

10:15 am Clause 17 calls upon the spirit of containment and free democracy, and further reminding that in the true spirit of the Truman Doctrine of Containment, the USA requests the return of China and India’s rightful territories through peaceful negotiations and an unbiased international survey to establish the border between India and China. The delegation of China strongly believes that the land which they have owned since the 13th century is rightfully China’s.

Sino-Indian War issue update! Delegates’ main concern is peace

10:00 am The delegates of the Historical Security Council are discussing a very efficient clause which recommends the placement of UN peacekeepers coming from neutral and unbiased nations on a border agreed upon by the Council. This will prevent either of China and India from crossing the line, and will ensure that no other armed forces, from either nation, will ever be placed near a border agreed by the Security Council.

Security Council: Last day of the conference

9:15 am The last day of the conference begins for the Security Council with a debate concerning the question of the DPRK. The submitter of the clause, the delegate of USA, defends his clause, which suggests that humanitarian organisations set up humanitarian mission to improve the quality of life of the people of the DPRK, and accepts points of information from the delegates of China, Egypt and Russia.

The delegate of Ukraine submits an amendment, and after delivering a speech supporting it, the house unanimously votes that the amendment passes. As open debate continues, the delegate of the UK states her support for the clause, accepting China’s point of information.

Another amendment has been submitted by the delegate of Russia, followed by two points of information from the delegates of UK and Sweden. Since there are no speeches against this amendment, the delegates proceed to voting, in which this amendment passes. The clause also passes, after the majority of the votes being for the clause.

 

Security Council Breaks Record – Only 3 Minutes To Pass A Clause

5:31 pm In an unprecedented act, the Security Council has passed a clause in little more than 3 minutes. The clause, submitted by China, concerns the situation in Haiti and encourages the formation of a UN funded budget called ‘Haiti’s Welfare Security Budget’ with a main aim to reduce poverty and improve human and economic development in a country still suffering from an earthquake that occurred in 2012.

After reading the clause and conducting his opening speech, the delegate of China is only faced with one Point of Information from the delegate of Russia, who states that they fully supported the clause. No other Points of Information are offered, which is perhaps the least resistance seen over the past 2 days.

This lack of resistance could very well be the result of effective strategy and good planning during the lobbying and merging session yesterday (in which all delegates were actively participating), and this can stand as another piece of evidence of this years Security Council’s efficiency in getting things done.

It is likely that this year’s Security Council has set a record for the fastest clause ever passed in the 12 years of MEDIMUN, and with a few more clauses to go, one wonders if they can keep the pace up until the very end.

The delegate of the UK pictured on the left with the delegate of China pictured on the right

 

GA2 – Girls Rule the World

5:45 pm As the resolution on how to expose the Pink Tax is being debated, the delegate of Poland believes that the last clauses are “general and vague” with no ways for people to help report unfair product prices. The delegate of Kenya submits an amendment, suggesting Canada be followed as an example and the amendment passes with 49 votes, as does the resolution as a whole. Clapping is, finally, in order!

To honour today’s debate about the pink tax, the Chairs are asked to sing “Barbie Girl.” However, Markos (Chair) refuses to sing as he afraid to ruin any song. The delegates, however, join Maria – the other Chair – and sing with her.

As it has been a long day for all delegates, can we please just proceed?” Delegate of Albania

GA4: Ethiopia and Brazil opposes Ukraine

1917:10 pm The delegate of Ethiopia stresses the importance of the question at hand, and how crucial it is that the resolution agreed upon on, is not at all problematic or flawed. More specifically, the delegate speaks about clause 3 which refers to the accession of African-American and Native-American history in international history syllabuses, and how this only helps or solves the problem in America. Although this was a question that was clarified previously, the delegate mentioned “This resolution may cause confusion, and in the delegate’s mind this makes the resolution weak.”

17:20 pm The delegate of Brazil stresses the same point, focusing on the mistake or confusion caused by clause 3. He added that in the future history teachers might mark this resolution as biased or as propaganda, not only commenting that it is weak (as the delegate of Ethiopia mentioned before) but also not helpful to the question at hand. Therefore the delegate urges all delegates to vote against this resolution.

GA3 – Resolving the Zika Virus

The delegate of Myanmar, currently taking points of information. 5:15 pm The delegate of Argentina offers a dynamic solution to the spreading of the Zika virus, simply asking for more funding to be devoted to research in this area, adding  a quote from the famous Lebanese poet, Khalil Gibran; “Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.” There have been no other speeches for this resolution but one against, from the delegate of Myanmar. This delegate puts forward the idea of taking more drastic measures such as providing the people with protective clothing against mosquito bites, a main source for the spreading of the virus.

 

 

The delegate of Myanmar, currently taking points of information.

GA4: Last debate of the day

 

 

The delegate of Ukraine making their speech.

5:15 pm After voting for superlatives, it’s time for the delegates to get back to work and debate the final resolution of the day. This resolution has been submitted by Ukraine, on combating the glorification of Nazism and Neo-Nazism. The delegate takes the stage, emphasising the importance of measures for prevention, and education.

This is an issue that involves us all.

The floor is handed over to the delegate of China, who focuses on legal measures that can be implemented, such as the creation of specialised centres to work alongside prisons, where hate crime offenders could be sent to. The delegate of Afghanistan questions whether such a measure would be effective, which China counters.

If you could change their mindsets, even by a little, then your job is done.

GA4: Debate against continues

3:48 pm The delegate of Spain also takes the stage to speak against the resolution, describing it as ‘naive’ and ‘romanticised’, and accepts a point of information from the UK, which supports Spain’s arguments. After a motion to extend debate time, the delegate of Israel also takes the stage to attack the resolution, attacking particularly the suggestion to interview ordinary people about their beliefs on people of different colour. The delegates of Albania and Lebanon make points of information, also attacking the vague nature of the resolution.

3:55 pm With 18 votes for, 39 votes against and no abstentions, the resolution does not pass. The Chairs also announce the introduction of superlatives, which will be voted for after the break.

The delegate of Israel attacks the resolution

GA4: North Korea and Ethiopia against Nicaragua

15:25 The delegate of North Korea begins her attack speech and three words stood out “Naivety”, “Ignorance”, “Reluctance”. She urged the house to vote against this resolution as it is “written in naivety”, “proves the ignorance of the countries who wrote it” and their “reluctance to live in the present”. Specifically, the two lined clause 1 is deemed too short and lacking information. The delegate of North Korea repeats several times:

“The law cannot change people’s opinions. If it could then the KKK, or ISIS would not have risen. It is also in the people’s rights to have these ideologies as part of freedom of speech and expression”.

Everyone in the room strongly disagrees and the delegate of the UK mockingly shouts: “Is it not ironic that this is North Korea talking about freedom of speech?”. Cheers and applause follow.

15:43 The delegate of Ethiopia’s message was much simpler stating:  “This resolution offers no solution to the question at hand”. The delegate then proceeds by saying several examples of clauses that are too naive and vague to be voted for. In the end the delegate simply states: “I urge all delegates to vote against this resolution as it offers no real solution to this problem”.

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‘Take a step back to expect one from the other side’

3:40 pm The delegate of China delivers a speech supporting his clause which suggests that the Security Council ease sanctions targeting DPRK and encourage negotiations according nuclear weapons. The delegate then accepts points of information from various delegates – such as Japan, Italy and France – and yields the floor to the delegate of Russia.

The delegate of Japan then delivers a speech against the clause, urging opposition on behalf of the delegates to protect Japan and South Korea. The delegate of UK delivers a speech supporting the clause and congratulating the delegate of China on his suggestions. Following the points of information from Egypt and Ukraine, the floor is yielded to the delegate of USA who also emphasises the importance of a non-hatred relationship with North Korea. The clause passes with a majority of votes.

GA2 – Delegation gets restless as voting approaches

Maria (Chair): “Belgium, if you can’t wait to sleep, do so if you want to.

 

– Delegate of Zimbabwe recognised for point of approval.

– Can I go to the bathroom?

– Point of approval declined.

 

3:35 pm During voting, there is a tie of 20 votes for the resolution and 20 votes against. After a second voting procedure, with the majority of votes for, the resolution concerning El Nino and La Nina has passed.

GA4: Onto the next resolution

3:10 pm The next resolution to be debated has been submitted by the delegate of Nicaragua on combating the glorification of Nazism and Neo-Nazism. The delegate of Nicaragua takes the floor, presenting Clause 2 that urges legislative and educational measures, and Clause 3, that stresses the importance of media and social networks. Points of information are made by Chile Kazakhstan and Austria.

3:20 pm The floor is given to the delegate of Mexico, who proceeds to emphasise the importance of Clause 2, stating that the youth is the future of the world, and thus improving education is a vital step.

3:30 pm The delegate of Venezuela also takes the stage to defend the resolution. The delegate accepts one point of information from Ukraine, who claims that Clause 8, which expresses deep concern about the increased support of extremist parties that are racist or xenophobic in character, is redundant. Venezuela states that the clause is important in explaining the reasons behind the need for measures, and the debate moves to time against.

The delegate of Nicaragua takes the stage.

GA1- Delegate of Finland: Backstabber or Friend?

2:50 pm Time for the resolution for combating illicit trade on small arms and light weapons has elapsed. The delegate of Libya has risen to argue against the resolution, pointing out that combat aircraft and warships do not fall under the category of light weapons.

3:00 pm The delegate of Finland has asked to make an attack speech against the resolution he has helped in making. His teammates are shocked by this betrayal and general bewilderment is in the atmosphere as everyone questions what on earth is going through the delegate of Finland’s mind.

3:10 pm The amendment has passed due to an overwhelming majority of votes. Clapping is not in order though the delegate of South Korea has the courage to applaud. Thankfully this time he has the good sense to apologise.

Back To The Situation In Libya

3:00 pm After a visit by both the Historical Security Council and the Special Event (which included a speech by US President Donald J. Trump), the Security Council returns to debating important, global issues. Currently, the Security Council is discussing the situation in Libya, a country torn by conflict.

More specifically, they are discussing a clause submitted by Sweden, which calls upon the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement initiatives in cooperation with non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations in order to implement peace, prosperity and a civil society.

The aforementioned initiatives include creating workshops and educational programmes to eradicate the widespread notion of extremism and implementing a media campaigns and regional forums to bring the citizens of Libya together.

Though the clause met some resistance from Italy, it passed with 0 votes against – yet another example of how efficient this years UN Security Council is!

“This clause is like a bikini – it covers the important parts but leaves a lot exposed”-Russia

 

GA4: An amendment, and then another

2:35 pm The delegate of Saudi Arabia proposes an amendment, adding another clause calling the creation of a new legal instrument granting location-based protection for critical natural resources during armed conflicts. The delegate proceeds to defend their amendment, stating that it will make the detection of such resources more effective. The amendment passes with an overwhelming majority.

2:41 pm The delegate of Lebanon takes the floor against the resolution, saying that the purchase of governmental mines is not an appropriate suggestion, and accepts a point of information from India. The floor is then opened to anyone wishing to speak for or against the resolution, and the delegate of Israel takes the stage to defend the resolution. Another amendment is proposed, this time by the delegate of Afghanistan, to strike clause 6, which suggests the setting up of a private organisation to purchase governmental mines. This raises several points of information, and the delegate of the UK takes the stage to attack the amendment. The resolution does not pass, due to an overwhelming vote against.

They are not going to purchase them (the government mines) with cookies or flowers!”

3:01 pm South Korea’s resolution, on the other hand, appeared to have interested the delegates. with three speeches for, one speech against, and two amendments proposed by the delegates, our two chairs proceed to voting of this resolution. With votes 47 for, votes 9 against and 1 vote in abstention, this resolution has passed. GA4 is delighted to announce that this 3rd resolution marks the passing of resolutions on all three topics.

Declaration of War! Finally!

2:05 pm Mr Trump has just declared war on North Korea with or without the assistance of the UN.

2:15 pm The Special Event visits the Security Council to convince them to vote for their motions. Trump argues tha North Korea is guilty of mass murder  and genocide, housing illegal criminals such as El Chapo and David Baltimore and creating weapons of mass destruction which means war would be an act of justice. Kim Jong Un argues against the siding with a narcissistic, ruthless, greedy leader who  doesn’t think of the good of his country.

The five permanent members of the Security Council gather together and discuss their decision as a group. The voting procedure takes place with the majority voting against the act of war while the motion is also vetoed by the P5.

North Korea is saved.

The Special Event group gathering in the Security Council

The Special Event group gathering in the Security Council

 

Trump VS Kim Jong Un

Trump VS Kim Jong Un

The major powers of the SC discussing their votes

The P5 of the Security Council discussing their votes

North Korea wishes to avoid War

2:50 pm A unanimous congress vote decided to declare a war against North Korea. Donald J. Trump refuses to acknowledge ever working with John Fisherman quoting: “What even is a Fisherman?”

Who will your allies be?

I will fight alone if necessary.

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Theresa May and TEVA CEO, promise the creation of a vaccine to eradicate the virus and call for help from their allied superpowers to help expand research, inviting David Baltimore to ‘join in the fight’.

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Looking through history

2:55 pm An exact copy of Khrushchev’s letter is projected to the delegates where he has stated to initiate a nuclear first strike against the United States in the event of an American invasion of Cuba.

The soviet first deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, V.V. Kuznestov is assassinated after being sent to New York Oct. 28, 1962 – another crisis which the delegates are now faced with and asked to respond to.