Conference Debriefing

Please find below the results of several months of preparation and 2 days of negotiations between more than 70 students from 10 different schools across London and England. The conference was a great success, and quite a wide variety of solutions were proposed. Please find below a short debriefing of the conference outputs. I hope that you will continue to engage in deep discussions regarding the solutions that you have created and proposed, and that your interest in international relations and the Model United Nations will continue to grow.

General Assembly

Topic 1: The Use of Social Media in Development

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GA1-1: Outlines the importance of combatting Islamophobia and hate speech through social media platforms.

GA1-2: Concerned with the Impacts of Terrorist organisations on the web in inhibiting development and sees bridging the digital divide as essential towards using social media for positive development.

GA1-3: Creates a social media platform designed to share best practice and to enhance development opportunities

GA1-4: Calls for the creation of a United Nations Religious Recognition Council and creates a campaign for inclusive religious dialogue, tolerance and respect, entitled ‘Many faiths – One World’ and an annual day to celebrate international diversity of religious faiths.

GA1-5: Addresses the need for the empowerment of youth through stricter measures to address misogyny and misandry in online spaces, and calls for the expansion globally of Model United Nations and creates the Let Your Voice Be Heard campaign, targeted at youth engagement.

GA1-6: Addresses the threats of radicalisation online, and creates the #extremelyaware campaign, aimed at assisting governments and citizens in building awareness as to the methods and risks associated with radicalisation and online terrorist activities. 

Topic 2: Combatting Drug Trafficking

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GA2-1: Address the illicit trade in drugs and its impacts on youth, creates the Triangular Initiative to better share information about the trade between countries, calls for increased educational platforms as a preventive and protective mechanism, strengthen international justice systems and targets the orchestrators of the trade rather than the entry level exploited people.

GA2-2: Draws a connection between drug abuse and children and young people who have experienced conflict or violence and provides a wide variety of provisions to help them recover, prevent their descent into abuse and to provide long term opportunities for these young people.

GA2-3: Addresses the impacts of the drug trade on people’s livelihoods and economic stability, especially in Colombia and Afghanistan.  They addressed the issues surrounding vulnerable populations, and particularly highlighted the impacts on young people.  They called for greater measures to provide alternative economic outlets for populations who are exploited into the supply of the drug trade.

GA2-4: Focus on rehabilitation and treatments for populations affected by drug addiction and abuse.

GA2-5:  Calls for legalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes only.

GA2-6:  Focuses on building better capacity for border control and cross-security cooperation measures in order to target the illicit drug trade.

UNDP/WHO Joint Committee

Topic 1: Improving Methods to Control Diseases

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UNDP/WHO1-1: Addresses the continuing threat of HIV/AIDS and calls for greater allocation of resources and research towards combatting the disease.

UNDP/WHO1-2: Addresses the continuing threat and impact of stigmatisation against those who have HIV/AIDS, and calls for greater awareness raising and educational resources to be devoted to the task.   They also specifically address stigmatisation and needs surrounding children who are orphaned as a result of the disease.

UNDP/WHO1-3: Calls for increased and improved border cooperation for screening, tracking and treating migrants who are affected by diseases, and especially Ebola.   They also call for the development of a global database to track the spread and transmission of the most dangerous diseases, in order to better respond to the threats posed by them.

Topic 2: Gender and Access to Reproductive Health

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UNDP/WHO2-1: Addresses the issue of Domestic Violence and its impacts on access to reproductive health, and calls for greater resources, education and services to be provided to prevent domestic violence and to protect those who have been or are currently victims of it.

UNDP/WHO2-2: Addresses the issue of child brides, or underage and non-consensual marriage, and its impacts, especially on girls.  In addition to acknowledging the human rights issues surrounding the practice, they also highlight the health, social and developmental impacts of underage marriage.

UNDP/WHO2-3: Emphasises the relationship between access to reproductive health, gender and education.  The resolution calls for increased resources to be allocated towards bridging the gender gap in access to education, and especially secondary and tertiary education.  They also address the need to increase female participation in traditionally male-dominated subjects.  The link all of this to health, social and economic outcomes.

Security Council

Topic 1: Combatting Terrorism

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SC1-1: Establishes the ‘Terrorist Stabilization Protocol’, which addresses actions the UN should take in the event of a cyber-attack on a large scale by a terrorist organisation.  The protocol allows for intervention by UN Member States where the cyber-attack is deemed a threat to international peace and security.

SC1-2: Addresses the issue of illicit funding to terrorist organisations and provides additional security measures to monitor and halt this.

SC1-3: Addresses the radicalisation and recruitment, especially of young people into terrorist organisations, and especially Daesh.  Increases the development of effective counter-narratives to negate the efficacy of extremist propaganda

Crisis: Cyber Attack in Saudi Arabia

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The Security Council decided that the crisis was indeed a threat to international peace and security and that they would need to act accordingly.   The condemned the attacks and immediately shut down all media communications outlets in Saudi Arabia.  They also addressed the wider consequences of Daesh, and gave primary responsibility to addressing the threat to the Arab League, with the assistance of Security Council Member States.    They also called for greater information sharing between intelligence agencies, in order to increase a collaborative effort against the terrorist group. 

Last updated: 07 March 2017