The Highs and Lows of UNHLPF

by Aniket Sengar and Avani Shitole

The committee commenced with fourteen delegates, all set to discuss the agenda i.e. “Discussing the Future of Energy Policies in Light of Climate”.

The President of the committee started the proceedings by adopting the agenda. The General Speakers’ List was formed. The member representatives started putting forward their respective points on the agenda. Nothing even remotely unusual or eventful happened in the first three hours of the session.

All members’ representatives’ states took their respective stand on the agenda.

Nigeria was mainly concerned about renewable sources of energy and also green energy like biodiesel and biofuel, disregarded nuclear energy sources giving health of the netizens more priority than the economic conditions of the country. Denmark put forward the country’s long term goal of implementing non carbon society and be independent of non-renewable energy resources. The representative also highlighted the hindrances caused by non-renewable energy consumption. Republic of Korea stated its major dependence on nuclear energy sources and also discussed about the initiatives that can be taken to reduce carbon emission.

Canada favoured the usage of green energy but at the same time stated that transforming to green energy will create a negative impact on employment, also discussed about the inter-dependency of the countries while sharing their resources. India discussed about climate change and also the alternatives of fossil fuels in form of “Jathropa”, a plant that can be grown in major wastelands of the country .Brazil urged developed nations to invest in developing nations, discussed about replacement of ethanol with fossil fuels, also took a stand against Canada insinuating of its hypocrisy and questioned Russia’s nuclear waste disposal techniques.

Russia offered help to other countries on sharing country’s resources and also emphasised on use of hydro energy sources. Germany stated the creation of employment via usage of renewable sources of energy and thwarted the usage of nuclear energy resources. Australia discussed carbon pricing and proposed consumption limits on the usage of the resources.

Sweden proposed goals of being self-sufficient and also favoured the usage of nuclear energy resources. UAE favoured usage of nuclear and solar energy resources, also discussed their major dependency on nuclear resources. UK discussed about EMR schemes. Also accused Russia for being a corrupt country. Bhutan presented a balance between food security, water, soil productivity and agricultural productivity.

Some of the post lunch formal/informal sessions were moderated with the involvement of president of the committee, but the committee failed to arrive at any consensus and as a result the sessions were quite less productive.


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