April 23rd, 2018
Nuclear Dictatorship is Winning
North Korea will likely achieve an economic and political comeback with the lifting of sanctions by the
West. The P5 nuclear power capability gives them perceived safety and a high chair to be taken seriously, with both hard and soft diplomatic strength. Their goal is stated by the DPRK delegate, “We respect the rules and regulations by the security council as long as our sovereignty is protected.” North Korea announced their success on nuclear capabilities, and asks of the Security Council to be taken seriously in the international arena.
Sweden voiced the West’s angst over their current predicament, “We in the past have given opportunities of aid, yet your economy has shifted towards ballistic missiles, military, and nuclear weapons capabilities.” The North Korean response is deflective, “You cannot give a man an eight foot tall ladder to climb a ten foot wall. North Korea welcomes all the opportunities to build their economy, but not with sanctions. Until those lifted we cannot build our economy,” states the DPRK. They add, “Sanctions simply do not work, all they do is starve the people of its recipients, further sanctions would cause the delegation of North Korea to discontinue talks and not reach an agreement that this delegation all desperately wants to achieve. Less sanctions leads to further talks, more sanctions. I think you can answer that.”
The West will likely lift sanctions to allow a de-nuclearized North Korea “breathing room” to restructure their economy in order for trade, medical aid and technology to be transferred between North Korea and other states. If so, North Korea will have succeeded in achieving a powerful political revival on the world stage with economic impunity by the West. – Adriana Hernandez
Armenian Delegate Roasts Turkey
One hundred years ago, the Ottoman government was in the process of systematically enslaving and murdering 1.5 million Armenian citizens. To this day, the governments of Turkey and ally Azerbaijan refuse to acknowledge this atrocity; not only do they openly lie to citizens about events of the Armenian holocaust, but they encourage other states to do the same. This open denial of crimes against humanity goes directly against the United Nations’ goal of peace between nations, and this was made clear by our delegate to the 34th committee yesterday. In a passionate speech, she stated, “recognition and condemnation of genocide and murder is necessary to pursue peace.”…
Most delegates offered strong support to the delegate in demanding justice and truth, the delegate from Burundi stating, “genocide is wrong and member states should do whatever possible to recognize and prevent that.” Not only did the Turkish delegate refuse to extend any kind of compassion toward the obviously emotional delegate, they refused to acknowledge the responsibility of the Turkish government in any way, simply stating, “I don’t think it’s relevant to the topic.” The committee chair also chastised the delegate for attempting to foster peace between the nations of Armenia and Turkey, instead recommending the delegate pursue action from a Truth and Reconciliation Committee. If any progress is to be made in establishing peace between Turkey and Armenia, the Turkish government acknowledge their atrocities which plague their past, and the United Nations must stand with the citizens of Armenia as they continue to seek justice. – The Republic of Armenia
The Commission on the Status of Women ended last night on a unique and emotional note, while discussing a resolution focused on domestic violence prevention. Vanesa Avecedo, the Commission on the Status of Women delegate from China, shared a personal story after the Committee’s discussion around the issue. Avecedo felt that no one in the Committee was considering the history of domestic violence on women in these countries, many of them being South American and African. Being from Chile, Avecedo could stand back and listen to the disregard of this issue.
Avecedo described how she didn’t feel like China anymore. This wasn’t something she had planned, but when the feeling and the moment arose, she couldn’t hold back. Avecedo, then, began to tell the story of her best friend and how she knew she wanted to work for the United Nations.
A friend of Avecedo’s was a victim of domestic violence and was eventually murdered because of it while she was in Chile. This experience shaped Avecedo’s future goals and aspirations, inspiring her to pursue the prevention of violence on women. To achieve this goal, Avecedo moved to the United States three years ago in hopes of joining the United Nations, leaving everything she knew behind in Chile.
“I moved to the U.S. to find a way to join the U.N. It’s been a long journey, but a beautiful one,” Avecedo said. Avecedo challenges the world on this issue, “When we propose something, we have to remind ourselves of our history. There are countries like Chile or El Salvador, we don’t have places like this to discuss these issues. If you don’t address the problem here right now, what are you doing here?” – Emily Nolting
“Those people are not ours.”
Myanmar’s delegation thanked the Security Council for their generosity in regards to the subsequent discussions on an agenda that will address their potential development in terms of infrastructure, technology and most specifically, increasing transportation efforts such as bringing rural populations closer to the urban areas. Much of the inequality that is being questioned comes from the lack of adequate telecommunication progress in the rural sector of Myanmar.
At times, Myanmar’s delegation favored the discussion of development rather than addressing the Rohingya refugee crisis. It is as if Myanmar is following a legacy of colonization as the delegation initially did not recognize the existence of the Rohingya population. Myanmar’s delegation asked rhetorically “Who are these Muslims, what are their names? What is the population you speak of those people might be leaving but those people are not ours.”
Many council members such as El Salvador, Ethiopia and Sweden addressed Myanmar’s position on the denial of human rights to ethnic minorities such as the Muslim Rohingya. Ethiopia addressed Myanmar, “Although Ethiopia never faced the scourge of European colonization, we are completely understanding of the immense hurdles [that exist] being surrounded by numerous former colonies on the African continent. Ethiopia reiterates again that it is very sympathetic to the undue burdens placed on the former colonies. For these matters, we stand in solidarity with Myanmar in fully breaking the shackles of their colonial British legacy. We implore the state of Myanmar to continue its development in unity with people of all religions, ethnicities, and even nationalities.” – Adriana Hernandez
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