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

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: Confessions!

Notable confessions from the Security Council Confession Box:

“Does anyone have a map? Because I think I got lost in Kazakhstan’s eyes.”

“I still use Internet Explorer.”

“How do you call a snake that is exactly 3.14 metres in length? A pi-thon.”

“Sometimes I paint myself orange and pretend that I’m a carrot” at which Kazakhstan replied with “THAT PERSON IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL.”

Security Council – Superlatives

Best Dressed: China

Shipped Couple: USA-Italy

Most likely to be a dictator: Japan

Most annoying: Senegal

 

Most likely to go to jail: Senegal and Italy

Best bromance: Senegal-Italy

                                                

Most sassy: Ukraine

Most sexy: France

 

Funniest delegate: China and Italy

 

Best smile: Kazakhstan

 

Funniest laugh: USA and China

 

Heart breaker: Russia

 

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

 

‘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.

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

 

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

Back to debating

2:10 pm The delegates are back from lunch to continue debating the remaining clauses in order to form the resolutions. The delegate of Ukraine delivers a speech supporting her clause concerning migrant smuggling in Libya, accepting points of information from the delegates of Kazakhstan and UK.

The delegate of USA submits an amendment and answers to points of information from the delegates of Ukraine, UK and Russia. Following USA’s speech for the amendment, the delegate of Ukraine delivers a speech against the amendment which does not pass, with the majority of voters against it.

The second amendment is submitted by the delegate of UK who delivers a speech supporting it, followed by points of information from the delegates of Ukraine and Russia. Due to the overwhelming majority voting for, the amendment passes.

The delegates proceed to the voting procedure, and the clause passes.

An Unexpected Visit From The Past

2:15 pm The door suddenly burst open in the Security Council, and the Historical Security Council stormed in uninvited. Almost instantly, delegates from the Historical Security Council started conversing with delegates from the Security Council, and were quick to find their counterpart. Some of the notable things heard  over their constant chatter includes:

“I hope Cuba isn’t on the Security Council because she’s about to be nuked”

“CHINA YOU BACKSTABBING [censored] (apparently the president of France was assassinated by China in 1962) – Delegate of France

The Historical Security Council then left the same way they came: with no explanation, and leaving us with more questions than answers.

Security Council – Nuclear Non-Proliferation And The DPRK

1:10 pm The Security Council has just finished reviewing a clause submitted by France, that suggests that all nuclear-weapon states take measures to reduce the risk of nuclear weapon detonations, using the precautionary principle, so as to urge the DPRK to follow suit.

Many delegates are sceptical of this clause, including the delegate of Senegal and Ukraine who found the clause too optimistic and unrealistic. On the other hand, the delegate of Sweden supports the clause (no surprise there) while the delegate of Senegal believes that the clause is vague, but can be improved on if the DPRK was given an incentive to disarmed.

Despite no amendment being made at the end, and some opposition from Senegal and Ukraine, the clause ends up passing with an overwhelming majority. This years Security Council seems to be quite efficient at getting things done!

As a side-note, rumour has it that the Security Council might be getting a visit from the Special Event very soon…

 

 

Non-nuclear proliferation

12:10 pm The delegate of Egypt delivers a speech on the clause he has submitted concerning nuclear non-proliferation, and accepts a point of information from the delegate of Kazakhstan. Then, the delegate of Russia delivers a speech against the clause, accepting some points of information, and yields the floor to the delegate of USA. Two more speeches are delivered by the two other main nuclear powers, UK and China, and the delegate of China suggests a P5 caucus, where the 5 permanent members discuss outside the conference room.

The delegates vote for the clause, and since most are abstaining, there is a motion to divide the house, in which Russia uses his veto so the clause does not pass.

The Situation In Libya

12:05 pm A clause submitted by Russia calls for the reconsideration of the purpose of the General National Congress of Libya and states that arming the General National Congress and not the Libyan National Army could lead to an unbalanced civil war which would only exacerbate the situation – it then goes on to say imposing the General National Congress as Libya’s official government without Libyan support can potentially lead to the creation of further factions and thus lead to a more severely aggravated power struggle involving other factions and the Islamic State.

Feelings are mixed about this clause, and even the delegate of the UK asked fellow delegates to vote against this clause. The five permanent members of the Security Council exit the room to have a brief P5 Caucus, which occurs when one of the five permanent members want to VETO a clause and other members try to discourage them. The P5 members later returned only to abstain from voting.

Almost half of the Security Council abstains from voting, leading to a very close result as one or two delegates made the difference and stop the clause dead in its tracks.

The five permanent members and the Chair of the Security Council outside of the conference room

 

 

Second Clause concerning Haiti

11:20 am The third debate for today focuses on the need to develop health care in Haiti the submitter, the delegate of Sweden, delivers a speech supporting the clause. Two points of information follow from the delegates of Kazakhstan and Bolivia.

The speech against the clause is delivered by the delegate of the United Kingdom who emphasizes that the clause is vague and accepts points of information from the delegates of Ukraine, Sweden, China and Japan.

The delegate of USA submits an amendment, suggesting medical education for doctors, which is supported by the speech from the delegate of Russia and is followed by two points of information from the delegates of Sweden and Senegal. The delegate of Sweden delivers a speech attacking the amendment followed by a point of information from the delegate of USA, but due to majority of the votes, the amendment is passed.

A second amendment is submitted by the delegate of Ukraine, followed by a point of information from the delegate of USA, and since there are no speeches against, the amendment passes with a unanimous vote.

 

 

Moving on to North Korea!

10:25 am After the first clause has been passed, the delegates proceed to debate on the second clause for the day concerning nuclear non-proliferation and the question of the DPRK. The speech for the clause is delivered by the delegate of Japan, followed by points of information from the delegates of Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and France and Russia. After the p5 motion called by the delegate of Russia, the delegate of Sweden delivers a speech against the clause, followed by points of information from the delegates of Senegal and Ukraine. The second speech against is delivered by the delegate of China followed by a point of information from the delegates of Japan and Russia.

Debate Procedures Continue At The Security Council

10:00 am The Security Council hits the ground running today, with an open debate starting promptly after a lengthy speech by the delegate of the USA, who proposes measures to encourage the government of Haiti to combat violence against women in Haiti.

The speech is met with multiple POIs, and is followed by a speech from the delegate of Ukraine who is for the proposal, but then faced with two speeches against: one from Russia and another from Senegal. Both against speeches pose the same question – why should time be “wasted” on upholding human rights when people are dying of hunger?

The amendment ends up passing with little opposition during voting.

Debating Procedures Begin In The Security Council

5:20 pm After hours of lobbying, merging of resolutions and negotiations, debate procedures have finally begun to discuss the clauses formed in the past few hours.

The delegate of Ukraine takes the floor to deliver a speech about the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. The delegate delivers a convincing speech to urge fellow delegates to vote in favour for a clause designed to jump-start the economy of Haiti – this clause suggests that Haiti should be provided with free or low-interest loans so Haiti can begin to reinvest in their infrastructure after the 2010 earthquake that utterly destroyed the country.

The clause passes unanimously, with little objection barring a point of information from the delegate of Japan that doubts the impact that this clause will have on Haiti.

UK Delegate of the Security Council proposes assassination of Kim Jong Un

14:20 pm In a never-seen-before act in the Security Council, the delegate of the United Kingdom spontaneously proposed that Kim Jong Un should be assassinated. Faced with outcry by the delegate of China, who claimed that the proposal was a violation of basic human rights (quite ironic coming from China) and asking the delegate of the United Kingdom why he would even consider such an act, the delegate of the United Kingdom responded with a simple “Why not?”

The delegate of China, pictured in the middle wearing the red blazer.

The question of the DPRK arises in the Security Council

13:20 pm Less than a second after the chairs announce that the Security Council will be moving on to the question of the DPRK, a voice fills the room:

“Anyone with a peaceful solution? Anyone with a peaceful solution?”

A handful of reactions follow – most delegates raise their clauses high in the air, claiming “Me! Me!”, and a few who seem to detest the idea of a peaceful solution remain silent. In a matter of minutes, a large group has formed around the representative of Japan who is outlining his plan on how to deal with the DPRK. A few delegates like the delegate of China do not join the conversation and stay put at the other end of the room, leading their own discussion.

The next few hours are sure to be interesting as many countries have different ideas of what, if and how many sanctions should be imposed on the DPRK..

Lobbying Begins In The Security Council

9:45 am The eager delegates of the esteemed Security Council are quick to form groups, and are frantically swapping resolutions in the hope that they will find middle ground to merge the resolutions they have worked on in the past months. Constructive conversation is crucial since the delegates need as much support as they can get for the next three days.

Security Council – Secret Confessions (Part 1)

  1. I wasn’t prepared for this MEDI.MUN at all
  2. New Zealand’s glasses are on point
  3. Spain, the ponytail, please don’t!
  4. China is cute
  5. Some people have such an awkward smile…
  6. When I was young I was scared of horses… One time, we went to a horse race track and my brother made me so scared of the galloping that I cried :'(
  7. USA looks like he’s seen a lot in his lifetime
  8. France should be an underwear model
  9. Spain looks like he smokes 50 a day
  10. USA and Venezuela are eyebrow goals
  11. The politeness of the delegate of China is rather hypocritical at times, but again everybody loves her smile!
  12. The delegate of the US is hot- and this comes from a man!
  13. Russia seems to be a capitalist!
  14. France is too utopia!
  15. Gervaise of New Zealand is the BEST!
  16. It looks like you could set China’s shirt on fire in seconds :)
  17. SPAIN HAS A CRUSH ON THE UK! I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT GOES ON IN HIS MIND!
  18. The delegate of France is super pretty!
  19. Focus on ‘international cooperation’ guys! =)
  20. China smile Chinese style
  21. New Zealand has the best style. I wanna be friends!
  22. Security Council is the best!
  23. The chairs should totally be a thing! Motion to make the Chairs into a couch
  24. Spain scares me
  25. Zoe is the sassiest chair in the history of MEDI.MUN
  26. I wish I had a veto power!