The Play Between Consensus and Disagreements

by Aniket Sengar

The committee decided that the second day conference would be mostly based on informal/formal discussions and very less formal technicalities would be involved. The conference was solicited with discussions based on the sub-topics of the agenda taking one at a time rather than in the previous conference in which all topics were discussed chaotically.

The conference started with the president giving the opportunity to the delegates to act as moderator as to gain experience. The topics were selected one at a time, beginning with finance. Delegates represented the concern of involving private sectors in involving energy policies, also a there was a dilemma regarding the independence of the private companies with Brazil favouring the motion and Sweden, the Republic of Korea opposing it, Canada stated that the fixed share can be assigned to the MNCs. A consensus was achieved that the role of the private sectors should be present but with certain guidelines.

Next topic that the committee discussed was the usage of natural gas, with Germany and Denmark stating that full dependence on natural gas is not possible, Canada was also against the motion regarding its ill effect on the environment. UAE and Russia discussed the wastage of their oil resources in shifting to natural gas, Sweden put forward that the shift from coal to natural gas would be very hard to implement. A consensus was achieved with the delegates agreeing on the usage of natural gas as a bridge resource while transitioning to renewable resources.

Next topic in the line was Energy poverty, Denmark initiated the discussion putting emphasis on accessibility and affordability of the energy, Canada suggesting that renewable sources can also be subsidised and Bhutan suggesting that rural areas should be the major concern of the agenda. Germany suggested that fair trade can also be established between the nations and also investing in technological advancements to develop the renewable sources, Sweden was most of the time self-obsessed during the discussion.

The committee reconvened after the lunch with more topics to discuss in the same manner as that of the previous session. The main topics were jobs creation, consumption of energy resources, and usage of nuclear energy.

Canada suggested that there will be a negative effect on job creation, delegates of UAE and Denmark strongly opposed the motion. Germany suggested that vocational training can prove to be very useful and the consensus was achieved that infrastructure and technological advancements would be the most fruitful way to tackle that. No consensus was not achieved in nuclear energy and consumption of resources. The committee was then adjourned for the drafting of the report.

The president of the committee on being asked by the international press regarding the outlook of the proceedings that took place said that the not a lot of progress was made during the first day, as there was not a lot of information to look forward to, but on the second day a lot of points and agendas were discussed and consensus was achieved.










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