Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Today

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10.56 a.m: The delegate of Norway passionately delivers her opening speech on the topic of Prevention of Child Sexual Exploitation in the Age of Information and Communication Technology, urging all delegates to vote for this resolution so as to reduce this terrible tragedy from happening to ‘any of these innocent children’.

This is immediately followed by a point of information made by the delegate of Bolivia, drawing attention to clause 4, which refers to reinforcement of sanctions and punishment as a legislation. As the delegate of Bolivia points out, this legislation already exists in the USA.

Delegate of Bolivia: ‘Acknowledging the fact that this legislation has in fact been existing in this world for years now and since then, not only has there been no improvement, but the percentages of child exploitation cases have also dramatically increased, this clause is undoubtedly ineffective and useless.’

11.03: The floor is yielded to the delegate of Thailand. As the delegate asserts, ‘how can we allow a reality like this to continue?’ This is then followed by a point of information made by the delegate of Saudi Arabia, regarding clause 3, who mentions the fact that children may not be able to speak up against these predators.

Against the resolution speaks the delegate of Iran, clearly stating that clause 5 is a disaster.

Delegate of Iran: ‘There are some glaring flaws in this resolution, which completely ignore the reality of what technology has evolved into.’

The delegate then accepts a point of information by Eritrea who wonders if there should be any guidance toward sexual matters, ‘when it comes to kids’. However, the delegate skilfully replies, saying that this form of guidance ‘already exists and it’s called parental guidance’.

The delegate of Belgium is also against this resolution, since as the delegate supports it has nothing combating the psychological grooming of the children and there is no sense of censorship since legal websites, such as YouTube, lack any surveillance.

The delegate of Netherlands, makes another point of information, drawing attention to Clause 3 sub clause a of the resolution, noting that this clause ‘has nothing to do with justice’.

After all points of information are heard and answered the voting procedures begin. With 56 votes against, 20 votes for, and 9 abstentions the resolution does not pass.

Intellectual Property rights for Pharmaceutical patents and technology

11.22 a.m The opening speech is delivered by delegate of Ukraine points of information were made by Jamaica Pakistan DPRK. Jamaica clause 13  we should eliminate this problem and ergo Ukraine agrees. Pakistan’s point of information was regarding operative clause 12; ”how does the delegate propose to achieve these proposals as this doesn’t have methodology?”.

Her answer was ” this would be best for developing countries”

Time for this resolution has elapsed now speaking against this resolution. Surprisingly there were no delegates against it. And so voting procedure time with 55 votes for 13  against and 18 abstains,  the resolution paIMG_3855sses!

Economics of Gender Discrimination

10.20 a.m: The second resolution of the Plenary Session on the topic of the economics of gender discrimination begins.

Clause 2 is highly achievable as it is very adaptable, states the delegate of Russia and goes on to establish clear parameters of casualty estimates. Russia’s delegate delivers a powerful opening speech speech. Gender discrimination remains the second largest violation of human rights.  This resolution aims to increase gender equality through legislative clauses. The delegate of the Russian federation would like to emphasise that it is to the prosperity of everyone to pass this resolution. The debate continues with a point of information by Ukraine asking the delegate to elaborate how they will deal with the issue of Syria and its economic problems of gender discrimination. The floor is yielded to the delegate of Cuba for a defence speech. However, the best part was by farIMG_3120 Germany’s attack speech. Germany’s delegate disagreed firmly with Cuba and Russia, and went on saying: ‘Gender equality is vital, and that the delegates lack the fact that women are hated more than black people by 75%. Moreover, he does not even accept points of information. Lebanon is recognised to make an attack speech right after that with points of information made by Russia asking if the delegate of Lebanon about his awareness on the fact this point is completely irrelevant, completely anti discriminatory.

 

The voting procedure begins. with 33 votes for, 40 votes against and 14 abstains, the resolution clearly does NOT pass!

The Plenary Session Begins!

9.42 a.m: The delegates gather for the beginning of this year’s Plenary Session.

The chairs, Penelope Ioannou and Mikaelena Kokkinou welcome the delegates to the Plenary session and the event starts with the resolution on the question of autonomous weapons.

The delegate of Canada begins delivering her passionate speech on the topic, highlighting that autonomous weapons should be restricted but not limited to LAWs (lethal autonomous weapons) not being significantly intelligent, due to the fact that they lack morality and will never be capable of military honour. The delegate goes on, skilfully answering all points of informations before yielding the floor to Poland, who strives to combat all areas of the issue.

The delegate of Myanmar then steps in to deliver a passionate attack speech, followed by another attack speech from the delegate of Cambodia.

Delegate of Cambodia: ‘This resolution reminds me of the Titanic. It looks great on the outside, but in reality it is doomed to sink to its fall and fail.”

After the auditorium erupts into a heated argument between delegates, the chairs call for an order in the house, before the voting procedures begin. The resolution passes, despite the passionate attack speeches against it.

GA3’s Resolution at the Plenary Session


10:50 am The delegate of UK from GA3 confidently walks on stage and begins right away to present her resolution, which presents ideas and strategies of dealing with the spread and also the impact of the Zika virus. Two of the points of information attack the clause which requests for the countries to propound their own strategic plans to fight the virus. The two delegates say that this clause is not practical for countries that are not developed enough to do this kind of thing on their own. The delegate of UK manages to satisfy these points by proposing for such unable countries to be aided by the WHO. However, due to an overwhelming majority voting against the resolution, it does not pass and clapping is not in order.

Plenary Session – Presentation from the Special Event

A short presentation from the Special Event takes place, where each role-playing leader takes the floor to explain their achievements to the sound of the Delegates’ giggles.

A few highlights are:

Cameron agreeing to remain in the European Union,

Putin and ‘The Trump’ forming an alliance against China,

USA blaming China for the tsunami in the Canary Islands,

‘The Trump’ coming out as gender fluid!

And, with this enlightening presentation, the Plenary Session has officially ended.

Plenary Session – Time for the fourth resolution

10:43 a.m: Debating towards the fourth resolution has begun with a reading time of 4 minutes. The resolution on encouraging civil societies in post-revolutionary states is introduced by the delegate of Chad from GA4, who delivers a knowledgeable speech. She takes points of information from Sri Lanka, Finland and Angola.

10:50 a.m: The floor is yielded to the delegate of Mexico who follows up on the argument for the resolution. The delegate is open to any and all points of information and receives three from Zimbabwe,Malaysia and Canada.

10:58 a.m: The delegate of the Ukraine approaches the podium and presents a very passionate and convincing argument for. She only accepts one POI from the delegate of Australia.

11:00 a.m: An open debate is introduced. The delegate of India chooses to argue for the resolution and urges all delegates to vote for the resolution. The delegate receives one POI from the delegate of Uruguay.

11:05 a.m: The delegation of Australia takes the floor to make the first attack speech of this debate. The delegate  accepts three POIs from Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Cuba and replies with fluency and poise.

11:10 a.m: The delegate of Russia counter-attacks Australia urging all delegates to vote in favor of the resolution. She receives two POIs from Norway and Palestine to whom she answers confidently. She is backed by the delegate of Finland. Due to time constraints, only one POI is accepted from Venezuela.

11:16 a.m: Voting towards the resolution begins, resulting in the resolution passing with 48 for, 18 against and 5 abstentions.

 

Plenary Session – Resolution Number 3

10:09 a.m: A reading time of 3 minutes is set for the Delegates to read GA2’s resolution – Measures to Promote the Dissemination of Technology so as to Reduce Income Inequality and Promote the Development of LECDs.

10:13 a.m: A closed debating time with 17 minutes for and 17 against is set, and the Delegate of Australia is called to the floor to make his opening speech, starting with a powerful quote – “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. After declaring open to “any and all” Points of Information, he receives four from the Delegates of South Korea, France, Somalia and Singapore.

10:20 a.m: The floor is yielded to the Delegate of Chile, who makes a speech supporting the resolution. Four points of information are entertained, from the Delegates of Chad, Brazil, Belgium and Chad.

10:25 a.m: The Delegate of Georgia approaches the podium to make a cautious yet informative speech for the resolution.

10:28 a.m: With time for the resolution continuing, the Delegate of Indonesia has been recognized to make yet another speech supporting the resolution.

10:31 a.m: With time against the resolution being set, the Delegate of Denmark takes the floor to make the first attack speech. She receives two POIs from the Delegates of Albania and the United States.

10:35 a.m: Denmark yields the floor to the Delegate of France, who proceeds to make a biting speech against the resolution. A Point of Order is made by the Delegate of Australia, who feels offended by the previous remarks. The Delegate of France initially refuses to apologize, but is reminded by the Chair that it is not in order to make offensive remarks towards a fellow Delegate.

10:38 a.m: Voting procedures towards the resolution as a whole have begun and, with 28 votes for 44 against, the resolution has not passed.

 

Plenary Session- The 2nd debate begins..

9:43 a.m: The resolution on increasing measures to better protect World Heritage sites and National Monuments from the main submitter, the delegate of Iran in GA3,  is called to the podium. The chairs set a time 13 minutes for and 13 mins against the resolution. The delegate opens up to 3 points of information made by South Africa, Pakistan and The Netherlands to which she replies informatively.

9:48 a.m: The floor is yielded to the delegate of Palestine to follow up on the argument for the resolution. She opens up to only 1 point of information made by the delegate of Bangladesh.

9:52 a.m: The delegate of Hungary is called to the floor to present her argument. After having finished she declares that she is not open to any POI’s.

9:55 a.m: The delegate of Poland follows her up on the argument for but due to time constraints only one POI is entertained.

9:57 a.m: The delegate of Lebanon submits an amendment to the resolution and yields the floor back to the chairs.

10:00 a.m: After one speech against, voting procedures for the amendment begin.  With 30 votes for and 40 votes against, the amendment does not pass. With 32 votes for, 35 against and 7 abstentions, the resolution as a whole does not pass.

 

The Plenary Session Begins!

9:08 a.m: Due to time constraints, instead of a main submitter reading the opening clauses, a reading time of three minutes is set. All the delegates have to read the resolution of GA1 on Preventing and Defusing a 21st Century arms race in Military Drones and Robots.

9:13 a.m: A debating time of 13 minutes for and 13 minutes against the resolution has been set, and the main submitter Cambodia has been called to the podium to make his opening speech for the resolution. Although declaring that he is open to any and all points of information, he receives only 3 due to time constraints, from the Delegates of Kazakstan, Kenya and Thailand.

9:21 a.m: The Delegate of Palestine takes the floor to make a confident speech, urging all delegates to vote in favor of the resolution. Points of Information are made by the Delegates of Norway, Vietnam and India.

9:28 a.m: Time against the resolution begins with the Delegate of Azerbaijan’s  impassioned speech. He accepts points of Information from the Delegates of Finland, Cambodia and Japan.

9:35 a.m: Voting procedures have begun: with 36 votes for and 31 against, the resolution passes followed by thunderous applause.