Special Committee: Debate paused for a press conference with Egypt and Russia

9.50 a.m: The delegates of Russia and Egypt make a joint press conference before the USA’s clause, pointing out the excessive spending on the military by the USA, and warning for the possibility of future developments such as super-soldiers. The delegate of the USA takes stage to say that the US is not planning to start World War 3, not with exosuits or supersoldiers as suggested by Russia and Egypt. The delegate of Egypt then asks the US if they are preparing for a future alien attack, to which the US responds that they are aware of alien life and are preparing for possible attacks, but do not intend to start a war. Chair Andreas Economides points out that the USA’s plan to prepare for alien invasion is similar to Hitler’s plan to prepare for World War 2, to which the delegate responds that it is also similar to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, eliciting gasps from the room. The press conference starts getting out of hand, and the Chairs bring the discussion to the delegate of the USA’s clause.

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10.02 a.m: The clause in question – which has incidentally been co-submitted by Russia – calls for the creation of a UN-led body called the Human Enhancement Limiting Organisation, which among other things will be in charge of production of prosthetic limbs. The delegate defends his clause, highlighting the importance of measures such as encryption chips in prosthetics to ensure that the function of the limbs will change according to the users’ age and to protect against hacking. The delegate of Russia points out that such chips will be costly, but the delegate of the USA replies that the MUN Special Committee has unlimited funding.

10.13 a.m: Before time against can begin, a picture of E.T. appears on the board. ‘Oh on’, exclaims Chair Andreas Economides, ‘The USA was right.’ After the laughter that follows, the delegate of Egypt steps up to the podium to point out the aggressive nature of some of the President of the USA’s remarks, and suggest that technology in the hands of the USA could be dangerous. He goes on to question the fairness of giving older people limbs that cannot function better than their own limbs would. The vote begins, and the clause ties, with delegates calling for a motion to divide the house, with 5 votes for, 5 against and 4 abstentions. The clause ties again, and does not pass.