INMUN 2016 ~ Day 1

Inventure Academy
Model United Nations
2016

“What gunpowder did for war, the printing press has done for the mind”

WOMEN WOMEN WOMEN
All they want to have
Is what men believe they can’t have,
Married when they don’t want
Raped when men want,
Work all day long
Cry all night long,
Sold like chocolates
Bought like cigarettes,
Killed like its lighting a match
Thrown like a ball,
All they want
Is to be equal in front of all.
Aniruddh Vaddadi, DPA – on CSW

LET’S MAKE A CHANGE!

Girls just wanna have fundamental human rights.
One very re-occurring theme that did not make sense in the Commission on the Status of Women committee was the ironic hypocrisy of most of the Middle East countries, in their blaming of other countries for their problems. What was very strange and funny was the fact that the delegate of Syria kept a constant stream of complaints and accusations at the countries that offered to help it. Syria accused the UK and USA troop soldiers of raping and mistreating the women of Syria, which, again, was ironic as there have been reports of Syrian soldiers themselves raping and kidnapping the women in broad daylight.
The Democratic Republic of Congo had interesting points on education, religious reasons for gender based violence and the social effects of GBV, as did the delegate of Turkey. Again, the hypocritical irony behind blaming other countries and trying to ‘urge other countries to join them’ in order to reduce GBV is funny but still a ridiculous notion.
The best part about the session was when Iraq said that she finds it ‘cute that even dogs are not protected in China; how do they propose to protect their women’. The delegate was not aware of her country’s trafficking and human rights violations when she said that ‘women are sold worldwide’. Iraq is a huge contributor to human trafficking, just reminding you, delegate.
Rudri Mehta, Washington Post – on CSW

Crisis – Day 1, Session 1
As the first session started, there was excitement as well as nervousness in the committee. The first timers were scared, but were consoled by the EB.
The P5 along with a few more countries were the first to speak. Shots were fired by the Russian Federation on The United States as he referred to Donald Trump as ‘an orange man’.
In a stunning turn of events, DPRK invaded ROK and overthrew the government on the 8th of July 2020. The delegate of DPRK gave in a press statement, “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea believes that the land it has acquired to be rightfully ours as the Korean peninsula was divided due to USSR/USA rivalry. The Korean Peninsula is now one and deserves to be this way.”
Sides seemed to have been taken by countries as China sided with the newly formed DPRK. The only help that DPRK seems to be getting is from China, because Russia seems to have gone into hibernation.
The session elapsed for recess after discussing an update.
Kush Gupta, Xinhua Press – on Crisis

Day one of DISEC
The room was filled with an excited silence. You could hear a pin drop. And that pin did drop. The chair of DISEC, Rhea Rehani took it away. The session began with the first agenda; “Disarmament of weapons of mass destructions in North Korea.” Multiple countries had the same ideology, against DPRK. DPRK believe that they have created WMDs as a means of self-defence and not destruction. China believes that another nuclear war would create enormous tonnes of gas and smoke and these by-products would end up blocking the Sun’s rays and of course used the tagline from Game of Thrones, “winter is coming”.
Fast forward to about an hour later, Yemen proposed a moderated caucus stating ‘DPRK has spent 700 million US Dollars on WMDs.’ Republic of Korea said, “They have wasted their money on this venture instead of educating children and supplying drinking water to their population.” Many other countries brought up the same point. Every other country in the world decided to oppose Kim Jong-un and his country in this disastrous venture that will not end well. There will not be a single living human on the surface of the Earth if DPRK engages and begins a nuclear war with the rest of the world, the only survivors would be cockroaches and Nokia phones.
Ishaan Chadha, Saba News Agency – on DISEC

Diplomatic intervention or Military action!?

The Security Council commenced on day one, discussing the crucial agenda of the Libyan Civil War. After a few nations stated their stance on the issue, the delegate of USA deemed diplomatic solutions “stupid” in such a scenario, and invited any other country to join them in the endeavour of military action.
When questioned on their intentions and asked if they would bypass the Security Council in case of a veto on the part of Russia and China, the delegate of USA confirmed the Press’s unfortunate suspicion that “the USA does not respect the UN a lot.”
The delegates then entered a moderated caucus of further discussion of the crisis in Libya. With differing opinions on the use of military action versus diplomatic negotiations, the delegates voted, with considerable difficulty, to enter a moderated caucus in which possible solutions to the crisis situation could be discussed.
Countries like Germany drifted from their usual stance and sided with China, taking a political angle. After considerable debate on the pros and cons of military action and diplomatic negotiations, the nations reached a general consensus that equal quantities of diplomatic intervention and simultaneous military action aimed at the different political groups involved is the way to go.
The International Press lauds the efforts of the Security Council and wishes them luck in achieving a solution that solves this critical issue effectively and immediately.
Sanaya Katrak – on Security Council

(Not) Cool for the Summer
“Cover as much possible skin,” goes the Delegate of Samoa, while his Paraguan counterpart insists on “as many physical barriers as possible”. From getting civilians to physically shield themselves from getting potentially infected with the Zika virus in blistering climates, to requesting them to putting themselves closer to sources of breeding, the Delegates of WHO came up with several contrasting arguments and propositions to execute the prevention of the spreading of the deadly and seemingly incurable Zika virus.
The first session kicked off with a small schism between the Delegates of USA and UK as to what the agenda should have been- a discussion to curb the Zika virus, or one to tackle antibiotic resistance. Unfortunately for the Delegate of UK, the former’s motion outvoted his, by far, as the committee favoured the idea of plunging into a single problem disease rather than to approach universal pharmaceutical resistance.
The usual GSL had delegates explain the basic issue, which was followed by a moderated caucus of the measures being taken. Amongst the suggestions made, several coincided- as if the ideas were formed from what had already been said and then reiterated.
A small list of what major and minor countries advocated:
• Subsidised mosquito repellent ~Argentina
• Longer sleeved and full legged clothing (“Especially for women”!)
• Initiative to provide civilians with bowls to keep and regularly dispose of stagnant water outside their homes (and hence generate and destroy new mosquito larvae) ~UK
• Claims to vaccines in development ~ India, Philippines, et al.
• Extensive (Colombia) and moderated (Philippines) fumigation and use of pesticides.

Today’s Press Conference targeted a few significant delegates who initially made flawed arguments, however, it was an impressive scene watching each stand his own against the ruthless onslaught of questioning. We are eager to see what happens in the next session and await the formation of potential blocs and resolutions.
Amatullah Vahanwala, ANA MPA – on WHO

A lot of red in the ledgers of the U.S of A
On the day of 31st January 1967, it is apparent that the USA has committed several heinous war crimes and that was the controversial topic in the Historical Security Council. The United States have made many attempts to pull the wool over our eyes and blind us from the fact that they are violent aggressors.
The delegate of the Democratic People’s Republic of Vietnam, felt very strongly about the support that the United States and condemned their actions, both against their own military and their civilians. “We condemn the actions and we urge the US to withdraw their troops in order to prevent further bloodshed,” was a strong comment that the honourable delegate had raised.
Furthermore, the delegate states that “by reunification, Vietnam becomes a stronger nation”. It is clear that the delegate is deeply concerned with the safety of his countrymen, and his nation. He had voracious support from the delegates of China, India, North Korea, and USSR.
The delegate of North Korea has strongly made statements that show support, in the wake of the No Gun Ri massacre,” a country’s people have the right to decide how they are ruled”, following which an election was proposed.
In an attempt to control the damage of the situation, the United States said that “Agent Orange was used only when there was an alternate food source for civilians. Viet Cong orchestrated bombings and launched rockets at South Vietnamese cities killing many civilians”.
Moreover, bombings and such inhumane killings are just attempts to keep the peace in North Vietnam.
Today was a dark day for the USA. They tried controlling the situation, committed violent crimes and justified the inhumane use of savage tools. However, what this has shown us is that the US has a lot of blood on their hands and it will take a lot to wash it off.
Shivjeet Parthasarthy, IRNA – on HSC
Human Rights for all
Today’s session started off with delegates speaking on their country’s perspective on racism and xenophobia. The delegate of France was questioned by the delegate of China on how the government can claim to be secular when they do not allow the followers of Islam to wear a burkha. The delegate of France spontaneously responded to this and questioned the delegate of America on the racist examples towards the Muslims in the United States of America.
Other delegates mainly focused on how racism is caused by a particular group who feel that they are superior to the minority, causing them to discriminate.
The moderated caucus was put into motion and the causes of racism were taken up for discussion. During the motion, the delegate of the Republic of Korea said that not all Muslims should be considered as “dangerous terrorists” and justified this by stating examples of attacks on Muslims. The delegate of France raised an important point that the main reason for racism is due to the opposite ethnic backgrounds which do not have a common ideology or belief to unite them.
The next moderated caucus passed was for the causes of xenophobia, which was said to be the failure of governmental policies by the delegate of South Sudan. The delegate of Cuba said that it was due to the lack of familiarity with other cultures, while the delegate of Nigeria spoke about how personal dislikes and the difference in cultures fuel xenophobic behaviour. The delegate of Belgium said the causes are the migrants who come into the country and have their influence on society.
Diya Rakesh, Al Jazeera – on UNHRC

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