by Kushani Shah
The agenda at the hand of the United Nations Security Council was Role of International Organisations in Maintenance of International Peace and Security.
The committee started off with a roll call followed by formal procedures in order to set the committee in motion. Since the agenda is very thematic and cannot be discussed and looked upon within two days, a lot of narrowed down discussions were expected to follow.
Since the committee only comprised of nine delegates, out of which it lost two delegates of Kazakistan and Sweden shortly after the second committee session, the council was restricted to the bare perspectives of seven delegates.
However, as the session commenced and a formal debate began, the seven delegates showed a great amount of eagerness to put forward their points as to why the UN should collaborate with the regional and subregional organisations to combat the conflicts occurring in the world. There were some interesting insights by the delegate of China who mentioned that the existing peacekeeping policies need improvement rather than finding and scrutinising new policies.The day started off with some promise with the delegates of Russia and United Kingdom participating ardently with regard to the agenda. The delegates of
The day started off with some promise with the delegates of Russia and United Kingdom participating ardently with regard to the agenda. The delegates of Kazakistan and Sweden, in the first committee session itself, hibernated, barely participating in the debate, and clearly lacking research and knowledge in respect to their country’s stand.
Later, in the second committee session, the energy along with the level of rationale drastically dropped. The delegates started to deteriorate in terms of their knowledge of their country, their research and the flow of how the agenda should go about. They were insistent on one topic and that sort of disrupted the fun part of a council, killing the vigour and liveliness of the committee.
Nevertheless, the chair was unconventionally patient with the lack of vitality in the room, and went about with the proceedings, initiating interesting direction for the agenda to circle around. After the lunch session and right before the tea break, it seemed to me that a dreamy languor was lingering around in the room. There was an oppressive stillness in the air that seemingly stopped and irked the chair from proceeding further.
Regardless, towards the end of the committee session, everyone started documenting and drafting resolutions, and the chair left the delegates with words to learn from for the second day. The atmosphere died because only the delegate of Russia put forward well-reasoned and well thought out points, and there was no one to counter them whatsoever. With that, the first day of ISTE MUN finally came to an exhausting end with the high hopes of tomorrow bringing in another wave of new and fresh energy and zeal.
There were some interesting insights by the delegate of China who mentioned that the existing peacekeeping policies need improvement rather than finding and scrutinising new policies.