UNSC Wakes Up from Hibernation

by Kushani Shah


Day two started off with the UNSC debating on what aspect of the agenda should be discussed, and, thus I began my reporting with a sojourn in UNSC. As usual, the council was finding it hard to settle on one aspect to talk about.

The council finally started off with a formal informal consultation. The second day was no better than the previous one. The session remained repetitive and the delegates did not put up any strong fights or contested each other’s points. All the delegates continued to read off the documents and reports that they had researched with, hence, there was zero exchange of views.

The delegate of France was persistent on letting the committee know that the country has maintained a positive relation with all the organisation in the peacekeeping agenda and made some very obvious points, giving the council a rather colourless vibe. The council felt like you’re sitting in a seminar, where one leads the council and everyone shares information, but there’s no actual exchange of opinions and views.

The most impressive delegate, by far, had to be the delegate of Russia. Amongst the seven delegates being a part of this council, the delegate of Russia portrayed a lot of energy and attempted at initiating arguments.

The council was, then, given time to draft some reports and discuss a few points. Delegates of Russia and France were allotted to write the operative clauses, Delegates of the United Kingdom and China were allotted to write the perambulatory clauses, and the Delegates of Japan and Ukraine were writing the council report.

The council eventually decided upon submitting three reports and one resolution.

Subsequently, the council proceeded to another formal debate about the African Union. This debate saw a lot of differing points from the delegates of the council. The Delegate of United Kingdom put forward a very far-reaching drawback for the African Union, it being financial funds.

The Delegate of United Kingdom wanted the council to address the financial problem and further the direction of the debate that way. This led to an interesting turn in the council, instituting a fair debate between the delegates, including the chair, and an elaborate exchange of ideas and views. With the Delegate of Ukraine needing to introspect what they said about the organisation not taking any preventative measure, which was wrongly approached as consulted by the Chair, to the Delegate of China counterattacking the debate criticising the African Union to improve its ways of working to bring peace and security.

The debate saw a lot of details about the African Union, but the pivotal focus was on the financial need for the African Union. With the lunch break coming to an end, the council returned to discussing the African Union in a formal informal consultation. The discussion continued with the focus on the funding aspect of the African Union.

The Delegate of United Kingdom expressed a strong feeling towards the African Union self-financing themselves and provided a few solutions for the funds. In due course, Delegate of China shed some light on China’s financial contribution to the African Union and expressed a general request for all the other nations to contribute and help the Union to better its existence. Delegate of Japan put across a similar idea.

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