MUNC 2016

La Chine s’allie aux Émirats arabes unis: l’union d’une ère nouvelle

Afin d’être plus forte face à l’Union européenne, et de mieux défendre ses intérêts et propositions quant au conflit Nagorno-Karabakh, la Chine a aujourd’hui formé une coalition, l’Asie Unie, avec les Émirats arabes unis.

Les dirigeants de la Chine et des Émirats arabes unis concluent une entente historique

Le délégué chinois au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU nous détaille les avantages de cette nouvelle en apparence impromptue, mais au final très bénéfique à toute la population asiatique, spécifiquement chinoise. Débutant en affirmant que le pays est toujours en quête de mieux servir et représenter ses citoyens, et ce, tant à l’ONU que dans n’importe quelle instance politique internationale, le délégué ajoute que cet accord contribuera sans équivoque à l’atteinte de ce but. Cette union représentant seulement les besoins et valeurs de la communauté asiatique, le gouvernement assure que cela aidera le pays à mieux se faire comprendre et respecter au plan international. Avec sa participation active au sein de l’ONU et cette nouvelle coalition, la Chine s’assure de refléter avec intégrité les besoins de ses citoyens et croit fermement que des conséquences positives à court terme se concrétiseront sous peu. Les Émirats arabes unis croient quant à eux que la coalition permettra une meilleure unité du vaste continent asiatique. L’unification des forces en une seule, plus forte, permettra une meilleure incarnation des valeurs divergentes des différentes régions d’Asie. Cela permettra aussi d’offrir à certaines nations des opportunités auxquelles celles-ci se seraient auparavant vu refuser l’accès.

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Respecting Human Rights Is at the Heart of SPECPOL’s Mission. Will They Accomplish This Goal in the Face of PMSC’s?

Sometimes countries believe that military aid is the only solution for their conflict filled situation. At this point they turn to companies for military aid. These Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC) often do not abide by the same laws as the United Nations. In fact, they may not even respect the laws of the country who hired them. There have been many cases where these soldiers have violated human rights and have not been prosecuted for their crimes. This is the reason SPECPOL has held a conference that is discussing possible solutions to these soldier’s criminal infractions.

In this conference, Let’s PMSC What We Can Do has suggested many possible solutions.

This group first and foremost defines PMSCs clearly and concisely. The goal is to prevent any confusion or misunderstandings of their role. The resolution outlines how regulations will be implement to keep PMSCs in check. Restrictions on the amount of weapons in their possession and a limited amount of military personnel will both be applied. Let’s PMSC What We Can Do also proposes to holding countries who hire PMSC’s accountable if the soldiers they hire break any human rights laws. The resolution also stresses how working together with other countries is key. If everyone can cooperate then there is a possible future of following human rights laws in these conflict zones.

Another resolution choose to spend some time discussing the who the PMSC soldiers will be. They emphasis that numerous laws will be put in place to make sure that the PMSC will be made up of individuals who want to uphold peace and that believe in a safe future for the countries. These soldiers will no longer be mercenaries. Instead, the resolution ensures that the PMSC soldiers will be stable people who have no monetary interests that can hinder their ability to aid the country. Mandatory licensing is also an important implementation in the structure of PMSC’s.

The most incredible occurrence in this conference is the collaborative efforts of all the delegates. Their innovative ideas stem from combining different ideas from all delegates. Countries have put aside their differences behind them in order to solve the issue of of PMSC’s. There is a sense of unity in the room with everyone sharing ideas for the betterment of the world.

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UNCSW: la violence contre les femmes peut être stopper grâce à l’éducation

Après deux jours de débat, plusieurs groupes de travail ont travaillé sur plusieurs ébauches de résolutions ayant tous un aspect en commun: l’éducation. Il peut être difficile de trouver une solution face aux problèmes de la violence contre les femmes, incluant la violence maritale.

Lors de la première journée de conférence, il y a eu beaucoup de rhétorique religieuse visant particulièrement la contribution de l’islam à la perpétuation de la violence. L’Inde a été la première délégation a soulevé ce point, plusieurs autres ont suivi par la suite, incluant le Nigéria et le Liechtenstein.

La délégation du Japon, du Paraguay et du Tajikistan ont vocalisé que la religion n’avait aucun lien avec la violence contre les femmes. La Présidence a clarifié par la suite que l’UNCSW n’avait pas le pouvoir d’intervenir dans les affaires religieuses de chaque pays. Il semble donc que le thème de l’éducation ait été abordé étant donné qu’il est beaucoup moins controversé que la religion.

Malgré le sujet très similaire de toutes les résolutions, il n’y a pas eu de fusions entre les ébauches de résolution. Cependant, étant donner la similarité entre celle-ci, il semble très probable qu’elles passent toutes.

Un exemple de résolution qui se démarque légèrement, tout en restant conforme au thème de l’éducation, est celle de la Russie, la Norvège, le Royaume-Uni, l’Israël et le Trinidad et Tobago.

Ces pays visent l’éducation spécifiquement des jeunes garçons dès l’enfance, et des migrants. Ils veulent créer une nouvelle définition de la masculinité en enseignant que la domination des hommes sur les femmes n’est pas légitime. Les parrains cherchent à éduquer les réfugiés ou les émigrants sur les lois du pays d’accueil et les moeurs sociales.

Le Parisien – Lucie Belzile

Conflit au Conseil européen

À la suite de la conférence de presse du Conseil Européen, les pays semblent plus divisés que jamais, particulièrement la Pologne et l’Autriche, sur la question de Daesh.

La Pologne a exposé son plan pour diminuer l’influence de Daesh: elle souhaite s’attaquer à leurs sources principales de financement.

La Pologne et ses alliés commenceraient par lancer une investigation pour découvrir qui achète du pétrole provenant des puits contrôlés par Daesh, et qui finance l’organisation par l’entremise d’entreprises, de contrats ou même directement. De plus, la Pologne planifie geler les comptes bancaires de ceux qui encouragent l’État Islamique, incluant l’Irak et le Qatar.

Lorsque Le Parisien a demandé au délégué polonais s’il considérait l’effet d’une telle action sur les relations internationales avec le Moyen-Orient, il a répondu qu’il favorisait la sécurité de la population polonaise plus que leur relations internationales.

L’Autriche a émis plusieurs commentaires négatifs à l’égard de la Pologne et de leur résolution. Le pays a principalement déploré le fait qu’elle ne croit pas que la paix sera possible en engageant une guerre commerciale avec le Moyen-Orient. La Russie et la France ont accordé leur support à la résolution de la Pologne. L’Autriche travaille sur une résolution pour le partage de données qui inclut des pays non- membres de l’espace Schengen. Ce partage de données consiste en une expansion du Système d’Information Schengen (SIS) afin de mieux traquer des supposés membres du Daesh qui voyagent en Europe.

La France a manifesté son désaccord vis-à-vis la résolution de l’Autriche. Elle a également critiqué le manque d’action militaire du pays au Moyen-Orient. Il sera définitivement intéressant de voir quelles seront les résolutions adoptées lors du Conseil Européen. Les deux résolutions ont de bons appuis.

La balance tournera en faveur de la délégation qui sera capable de mobiliser le plus de pays autour de sa résolution. Cependant, il semble clair que les conflits entre la Pologne et l’Autriche ne sont pas près de finir et risquent d’avoir un impact sur le vote final.

MISE À JOUR : Hier soir, le Conseil Européen a adopté toutes les trois résolutions proposées devant son conseil. La première résolution inclue la Finlande, la Malte, l’Irlande et la Slovénie ont choisi d’adopter un angle pacifique afin de régler le problème du Daesh. Leur résolution consiste à construire des écoles dans les pays visés par le terrorisme pour empêcher la radicalisation. Ils veulent collaborer avec des organismes d’aide humanitaire afin d’arriver à ce but.

La deuxième résolution créé par l’Autriche, la Suède, l’Allemagne, le Luxembourg et les Pays- Bas a une approche plus militaire au problème. Elle vise le contrôle des frontières internes et externes des pays membres. Ils veulent relier ces deux aspects avec le SIS, en donnant a des pays non-membres du Conseil Européen l’accès au SIS. La troisième résolution a été écrite par la Pologne, la Hongrie, l’Italie, la Belgique et la Roumanie.

Après un fusionnement entre deux ébauches de résolution, la résolution adoptée veut amener de l’aide militaire aux pays. Ils veulent également bloquer le financement du Daesh, comme mentionner au-dessus. Il faut noter que, malgré les conflits plus tôt dans la journée, les résolutions ont été adoptées avec une grande majorité. Il semble que la diplomatie a triomphé ce soir.

Le Parisien

La Chine propose l’envoi de forces armées pour résoudre le conflit Nagorno-Karabakh

Suite à un coup d’état perpétré par des troupes communistes provenant de ses pays voisins, la Zambie se déclare officiellement comme un état communiste. En réponse à cette nouvelle, la Chine croit qu’il est prématuré de considérer comme un allié potentiel ce pays au gouvernement encore instable, et préfère attendre de plus amples informations pour se positionner. À ce jour, les relations entre les deux nations demeurent les mêmes.

Par ailleurs, en cette dernière journée de caucus, les membres du Conseil de sécurité de l’Organisation des Nations Unies devront prendre une décision quant à la manière dont ils aborderont le conflit Nagorno-Karabakh. La Chine propose d’envoyer des troupes armées sur le terrain pour faire cesser la recrudescence d’actes violents le plus rapidement possible, et ce afin d’entreprendre un processus de dialogue entre les peuples arménien et azerbaïdjanais, et de finalement trouver un terrain d’entente permettant de résoudre pacifiquement le conflit. Cette motion est appuyée par l’Asie Unie, dont l’un des membres, les Émirats arabes unis, siège au Conseil de sécurité. Le délégué chinois soutient également que tous les membres de la Ligue européenne, soit l’Allemagne, le Royaume-Uni, la France et la Bulgarie, entre autres, supportent cette proposition de résolution du conflit. Le délégué se dit très confiant de la réussite de cette résolution.

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What Your Horoscope Says About Your Model UN Delegate Style

Capricorn December 22- January 19

Definitely representing a member of the P5, yet in a committee other than the security council. Imposing their views on smaller “developing” nations while wearing an accent piece, they will be the first to cry in the bathroom after their resolution fails.

Aquarius January 21- February 19

Described as humanitarian and clever, an Aquarius in committee can be found urging for greater awareness and expresses genuine concern for “the children”. Slightly more rebellious than other delegates, Aquarius can be found whispering to neighbors and may even dare to check their phones.

Pisces February 20 – March 20

This delegate may never be a sponsor, but they will most likely be a signatory on every resolution. Quick to withdraw from debate when challenged by a power delegate, Pisces will remind their new friends to stay hydrated and eat during breaks.

Aries March 21- April 19

Aries are not afraid to yell during the first committee session. They will be the first to motion for the censorship of a country they should be working with, and will abuse the right of reply despite never being granted the permission to speak. In all fairness, they honestly believe their right.

Taurus April 20- May 20

Adamant gavel hunter, wearing a tailored pant suit and irons their placard before committee. They will flatter the chair and chooses sparkling over still water. Their most comment motion will be a point of personal privilege, and will only ever be heard during dais feedback.

Gemini May 21- June 20

A Gemini will sponsor the most opposing resolutions and stutters at every speech. Will withdraw as a signatory as an act of spite, when plans to meet up before the social fall through. Won’t ever confirm their attendance at the committee dinner, but will write a review for the restaurant nonetheless.

Cancer June 21 – July 22

They will write a working paper with a country based solely on the fact they sat together during opening ceremonies. A dais would describe them as a leader when speaking to their faculty advisor, but fellow delegates might err on the more vulgar side.

Leo July 23- August 22

The Leo in the committee is the first to put forth a comprehensive, four-point framework centered around action, accountability, and effectiveness. They are looking to enact real change using NGO’s and the creation of UN sub-bodies. They live in fear of being placed in a committee where the Dais might not know the most obscure rules of procedure.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

Virgos joined Model UN to change the world, but get caught up in the politics of their delegation and frequently refer to the conference as “the last on they will do”. They’ve read the background guide inside out, and would feel much more at home in Legal Committee than the joint-crisis they’ve been thrown into. They look forward to the diplomatic reception, and are considering attending the social event as it presents a good opportunity to network.

Libra September 23 – October 22

Libras avoid confrontation at all cost, and will agree to not going up for the Q&A after drafting the entire working paper. When asked how the committee is going, they will put on a brave face but they are just waiting for closing ceremonies and hoping their faculty advisors weren’t lying when they said chairs recognize hard work.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

If this delegate is not assigned a crisis committee, they will complain non-stop to whoever cares to listen. In the case that they are, this delegate will turn on their allies, murder characters assigned to those in their delegation, and plot ruthlessly right up until superlatives.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

In a crisis committee, they will shift their focus towards moving committee along. They won’t kill or plot a coup against anyone, but will undoubtedly end up dead. Hopefully, the delegate responsible for their death will apologize during a recess, but knowing the people that do Model UN, they won’t. However, they will undoubtedly humble brag about it to their friends.

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Manifestation à travers le pays

La récente promotion de l’Allemagne en tant que cinquième membre permanent du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU, détenant le droit de veto, a largement ébranlé l’Orient. Des manifestations ont vu le jour à travers le continent, et même au pays, aujourd’hui. Des actes de violence prématurés, selon le gouvernement chinois qui a ce matin proposé et voté pour la nomination de l’Allemagne en tant que détenteur du droit de veto.

L’Allemagne est un allié économique non-négligeable dans le contexte de mondialisation dans lequel le monde actuel évolue.

Le gouvernement ne condamne pas les manifestations puisqu’il encourage la liberté d’expression de sa population.

Cependant, le délégué chinois au Conseil de sécurité à l’ONU a tenté de rassurer ses citoyens, en fin d’avant-midi, en rappelant l’importance d’avoir foi en ses hautes instances politiques, soit les Nations Unies dans ce contexte et en réaffirmant la bonne volonté du gouvernement qui « prend les meilleures décisions pour régler le conflit Nagorno-Karabakh », entre autres.

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Jurisdiction: A Textbook That Literally No One Wants to Read

The International Court of Justice has been approached with the case of Belgium v. Senegal, a case that surrounds war criminal Hissene Habre. HH, as he will be known as from now on, is charged with torture and crimes against humanity in the Republic of Chad. Just another normal Saturday in Chad. HH has sought asylum in Senegal, a country where he has not been prosecuted because of recent reform in the Senegalese constitution and a lack of funding within the country. Belgium has now released a formal case against Senegal due to the fact that they are not prosecuting or extraditing HH, and thusly protecting him from international law.

Today’s meeting of the ICJ (International Court of Justice) has continued the discussion of the case of Belgium v. Senegal, and with it has opened an enormous can of worms. In order for the Court to actually act upon this case, they must determine if they have jurisdiction, which is the biggest, ugliest worm in the entire can.

In order for the court to have jurisdiction on the case, Senegal either has to have extradited HH from the country, or actually prosecute him; neither of which has been done. Senegal is like your typical high school student, they swear that they have their western civ essay done, but they can’t turn it in today because of some sort of changed constitution or monetary turmoil.

While theoretically, Senegal can probably process HH for his crimes, it cannot be ignored that they have delayed his trial significantly to the point that skeptics (like me) are wondering if it is ever going to happen. It is important for the sitting Justices to note that the victims of these crimes have the fundamental right to habeas corpus, fair and speedy trial and Senegal is not acting upon this principle of justice.

The Court must realize that when countries prove that they are actively inhibiting the rate at which justice is administered, it inherently becomes a part of their jurisdiction to rule this on this case of international significance.

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Keeping up with UNDP

Montreal United Nations Conference has started since yesterday evening, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been a quite efficient committee.

Yesterday, the agenda has been set to discuss about disaster risk reduction and disaster recovery capacities in the wake of climate change. Today, their resolutions will already be presented.

Debates have been going on, sharp remarks have been done and there were a lot but highly productive unmoderate caucuses.

From helping countries that suffered from climate change-related disasters through monetary help to countries seeking to raise consciousness of the communities through awareness and education, there is a wide range of solutions proposed.

Now three main ideas have emerged, thus forming three different blocks.

Focusing more on the sharing of knowledge among nations

Countries such as Cameroon, Cuba, Libya, Turkey and Malawi, among others, have now been working on decentralizing the risk reduction process by, as stated by Cameroon: “ promoting the collaboration of national and international bodies, as well as NGOs, private organizations and local governments.”

Focusing more in developing sustainable energy in wake of climate change

This block formed by Sweden, United States, Austria, Ecuador, Norway and Canada, among others, believe in sustainable and effective city planning and encouraging landscape architecture. Their plan suit best the infrastructures problem and is the only one proposing measures that can applied right now.

Focusing more in finding funds first

As for France, Vietnam, Chad, Switzerland and China, among others, their main idea can be summarized by Vietnam’s statement. “Funding is the basis of achieving development in disastrous events as we need monetary funds to share technology, knowledge and others resources.”

However, every blocks’ idea raise questions and need further clarification for it to potentially become a resolution. Turkey’s delegate may have agreed with the importance of finding fund but wanted to go further as “we [delegates of UNDP] must ensure to make clear where would the money from funds go as there is risks of corruption. People must understand and deserve to know where it [the money] would be allocated.

“We must ensure to make clear where would the money from funds go as there is risks of corruption. People must understand and deserve to know where it [the money] would be allocated.“—Turkey

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4 Reasons Why Russia Is Going to Slide in Your DMs and Then Kill You from There

1.They casually deny ethnic cleansing

After a bunch of crap hitting the fan in the Armenian-Azerbaijan region, the Armenian people actively expressed their displeasure regarding the Azerbaijani occupation. The natural response to which was ethnic cleansing. The Azerbaijani military and citizen population took to the streets like a Macy’s parade in NYC and then murdered 20 000 Armenians in cold blood. The Russian delegate has wholeheartedly denied that this was active ethnic cleansing and merely dismissed it as casual violence. Russia is like a kid who called the police because his friend broke his leg car surfing. He’s going to tell the cops that it’s because he fell down the stairs or something, but in reality it was because of deep ethnic tensions within the area.

2.They’ll poison your crops and tell you it’s a “blessing in disguise”

The Russian government has taken it upon themselves to end the conflict once and for all by poisoning Armenian water. In their eyes, the conflict takes its roots because Armenian farms are really tight and by poisoning them there is no reason for them to continue fighting. They even go so far as to call the complete obliteration of human livelihood as “a blessing in disguise.” Brought to you in part by the ethnic cleansing deniers.

3.They’ll probably try to cause nuclear unrest

Russia has decided to send a group of 1500 soldiers to the Kazakhstinian border in what I am sure they will call “a friendly checkup.” Kazakhstan is one of the nations who, when Germany took the USSR veto power, went into a state of violent revolt. It is also important to note that Kazakhstan was a former Soviet State, and that it has the world’s largest supply of uranium. I’m no third-grader, but I definitely think that there are some dots to connect in this complex puzzle.

4.They’ll call you out for being a potential Nazi?

In the middle of committee session, without any warning, Russia not only admitting to spying on both Germany and Argentina, but also drew the conclusion that Germany is trying to fund a new Nazi regime. I’m no third-grader, but I definitely think that there AREN’T any dots to connect here. It’s clear that Russia, at this point, is simply desperately trying to cover up their trail of poorly executed connect-the-dots puzzles in order to regain legitimacy. Fortunately, the international community called Russia on its shenanigans and their reputation has been completely tarnished over the course of the past few hours. They should have learned from the age old tale “The Boy Who Cried Nazi.”

Signing off,

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The Empowerment of Countries Is Needed. Does UNDP Have the Solution?

Developing countries are very vulnerable to natural disasters. Due to lack of money, these countries do not have the equipment in place to provide them with warnings of incoming natural disasters. They do not have the proper structure to protect themselves if disaster strikes. All of which makes it extremely difficult to recover after a disaster.

In the face of climate change, these natural disasters are becoming more frequent and an increasing problem for many people in the world.

The United Nations Development Programme has the goal of aiding countries like these who are facing developmental challenges. The UNDP has chosen to focus on natural disasters and possibilities for tackling this pressing issue. One suggestion brought up is to create a buddy system between a developing and developed country where aid will be provided. This connection will facilitate communication and the specific needs of developing country will be met without lengthy procedural matters. With the countries in the UNDP working on the project, there is hope for the future of these at risk countries.

The United States stresses that education and drills will be the solution to these issues of natural disasters.

The committee generally agrees with this point since knowledge of the situation will help people react to disasters in a way that will save lives. The UNDP has paired education with the sharing technology. This research already exists and if developing countries have access to this they will have more efficient ways of protecting themselves from disasters. Japan is using structures that are already in place. They plan to work with the Red Cross to provide disaster recovery to all countries that are already a part of the program.

What these other countries don’t realize is the France and China have been active in a project to create a new funding method. This fund will be made up of other funds brought together under the UNDP. The underdeveloped countries need financial aid because education will not be the leading factor in aiding these countries.

France and China believe that this project will eliminate corruption and get money to countries in need faster.

This group has started a working paper that streamlines the the point made others in the committee. To remove the possibility of bias, they suggest that members of the UNDP that has no affiliation with any country will be running the fund. They will use the money from this fund to raise awareness, educate the population, and fund new infrastructures. They have the hope that countries in need will receive relief in a timely fashion when it is needed. They have an ambitious goal. With the support of the delegates of the UNDP they may have the chance of accomplishing their goal.

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UNCSW Sets Awareness on Violence

This year UNCSW (United Nations Commission on the Status of Women) began by approaching the topic of woman rights at their annual conference. Many countries are worried that no boundaries are set in some of the less develop countries, but in their defense, they explained that it is hard to change a whole states cultural habits are complicated and difficult. While discussing more methods they want to establish in their countries, Colombia and Venezuela delegates clarified that even if there is a law that protects women from the violence they would like to spread awareness on the topic. They also explained that even with the law set to protect them, women in their countries are still scared to report because they still don’t feel protected or they aren’t informed about the laws that can protect them. The delegate from Colombia explained that they would like to enforce two of their organization such as MUJER an organization that helps vulnerable share their thoughts and NGO. A topic that was also conveyed by Venezuela is that countries should educate the man and boys about what is happening, there is 600 cases yearly but only 4 that are sentenced. They also want to inform to women who are affected by the violence that it is okay to talk out loud and to report.

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Earthquake Hits Seaside Azerbaijan, War Declared

War has struck the once peaceful region of Nagorno–Karabakh, as Armenia and Azerbaijan clash for the ethnically Armenian region. As the security council debates, two sides have already formed, the “for peacekeepers” believing that a peacekeeping force should be sent to prevent atrocities, and the “against peacekeepers”, a group believing that nothing should be done, and in the case of the USSR, even side with Armenia to invade Azerbaijan. As Russia gears for war, the rest of the council is trying it’s hardest in preventing a larger conflict between the allies of the belligerents. As this continues the conflict becomes more and more alike to that Iraq war, with Russia replacing the US in an idiotic move. Every country apart from Bulgaria is completely against any taking sides on the conflict. As Zambia pointed out, taking sides will simply explode the conflict, going from a small regional conflict to a massive, and possibly world ending total war.

On top of that, in the rural area of Nagorno–Karabakh, an earthquake has struck a seaside town, blocking off all main roads and preventing security services from gaining access. Currently the situation is unknown, however it is believed ethnic cleansing in the area might be also effecting the town. Due to the tense situation surrounding the region, the earthquake has already fallen on ears of the Security council, where the West-German delegate has already recommended that the USSR send relief supplies as fast as possible to the area to stabilize it and bring much needed food, water, and medical supplies.

As both Zambia and the United States pointed out, the USSR caused this ethnic strife with their forced relocations, how can we trust them to send aid? During their session, the USSR refused multiple times to speak about the matter, and according to the United States, may not even be willing to help it’s semi-autonomous people in this dispute quite simply, to hold onto power even longer. Thankfully, both France and Bulgaria are willing to send in their own relief, keeping the reds from oppressing their people even more.

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Conseil de sécurité: L’URSS se retire de la conférence après le tremblement de terre en Azerbaïdjan

Lors de la conférence du Conseil de Sécurité hier soir, l’Union des Républiques Socialistes Soviétiques a quitté la salle lors d’un caucus non-modéré, et n’est pas retourner par la suite. L’absence survient après un tremblement de terre en Azerbaïdjan qui visait spécialement les villes côtières. Le nombre de victimes est encore inconnu, mais les experts pensent que les dommages matériels et les pertes humaines seront importants pour la république.

Le tremblement de terre a bloqué les routes principales, ce qui devient un important problème puisque les forces policières ne peuvent atteindre les populations sous les débris. La France et la Bulgarie ont manifesté leur intérêt à envoyer des forces humanitaires par hélicoptères dans la région.

Durant le Conseil de Sécurité, l’Union Soviétique a été dans la mire de plusieurs délégations. L’URSS refuse catégoriquement de confirmer les rumeurs de génocide contre la majorité arménienne dans la région du Nagorno-Karabakh (la même région touchée par le tremblement de terre). À la suite du tremblement de terre, il semble peu probable que les violences dans la région se calme. En fait, l’agressivité risque d’empirer dû à l’inaccessibilité des routes par les forces policières.

La France et la Bulgarie envoient actuellement des hélicoptères en Azerbaïdjan. La France précise cependant que l’aide apportée serait strictement en lien avec le tremblement de terre, et non le génocide.

En réponse aux rumeurs de génocide, le Conseil de Sécurité a proposé d’envoyer des analystes soviets afin d’évaluer l’état de la situation entre les azerbaïdjanais et les arméniens. La Zambie, entre autres, c’est fortement opposée à cette résolution. Elle dit: «Il nous est impossible de croire les rapports émis par des évaluateurs de l’URSS puisqu’ils sont corrompus et biaisés. Les rapports ne seront pas véridiques, et ne confirmeront pas les rumeurs, malgré les 20 000 victimes arméniennes.» (Traduction personnelle)

L’URSS c’est abstenue de commentaires durant la conférence, sauf pour encourager «la coopération internationale» (Traduction personnelle) et demander aux pays de contribuer de l’aide humanitaire après le tremblement de terre. L’URSS a également remercier la France pour son aide après les secousses. L’Union n’a pas commenté sur l’affaire du génocide.

Après l’annonce de la certification de l’Allemagne comme membre officiel du Conseil de Sécurité et le coup d’état en Russie, il est impossible de prédire la position du nouveau gouvernement de la Fédération Russe face aux rumeurs de génocide. La seule certitude est que l’Union Soviétique ne désirait pas intervenir dans la région.

Le Parisien – Lucie Belzile

3 Things You Need to Know About What the UNCSW Is Doing

1.They chose to talk about their second topic over their first.

Yup, this is some standard UN stuff. The UNCSW pretty much unanimously decided to talk about institutional violence against women rather than sustainable development. Not much to talkabout here but just thought that I should give y’all a little heads up.

2.Changing a few laws will solve literally all your problems in life, and maybe find you a girlfriend. Who knows what can happen.

It was raised by several countries during committee session that a few law changes would counter violence against women. While that is a pretty legit stance to take you also have to ask yourself this: why do murders happen? Murder in almost every country is illegal, yet it still occurs. That is partly because people tend to think a certain way and don’t care about laws. The same works for this: While laws will discourage a lot of outright criminals from doing… criminal things, it will not completely solve the underlying issue. Think about laws like gravy at your Thanksgiving dinner, a lot of people are going to put it on their turkey because it is absolutely delicious, but you are still going to have a few hipster vegans that are going to insist that their kale sauce on tofu is better. You’re going to need more than just gravy to make everyone eat whatever the hell a turducken is. (Kale sauce on tofu is a metaphor for institutional violence against women in this context)

3.Have a bunch of community leaders whisper gender equality into your ear so that you can become a feminist

The entire committee recognized that the problem of institutionalized violence against women can be widely attributed to the fact that in some places of the world, (fake cough) Iran, women are genuinely viewed to be “second class citizens.” They came together and recognized that in order for long term change to be fostered, long term action must take place. Norway and other countries discussed an education system reform emphasizing gender equality and Spain even thought to work with community and religious leaders to spread the love. This is the finishing touch on the beautiful Thanksgiving turkey that is gender equality. Vegans will never eat a turkey regardless of how much gravy is on it, so the solution is to naturally convince them that veganism is morally wrong. It is only through this combination of gravy and whisper tactics that real, long-term change can occur to establish women as individuals truly equal to men. There is no reason why these two policies cannot co-exist and it is important for the committee to recognize that.

Until Next Time,

Your Friendly Neighborhood Writer-Man