Following the opening ceremony of the 3rd annual German Jordanian University Model United Nations conference, members of all committees took their seats and began motions to proceed with the introductory speeches. Each speech lasts around 2-3 minutes, summarizing their positions and interests regarding the topics at hand.
There are a total of five committees each assigned two distinct topics to debate and attempt to resolve.
UPDATE: Progress Based on Every Committee
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
ECOSOC’s session kicked off with its first topic on migration and its effect on economic and cultural development.
In the International Monetary Fund’s opening speech, the delegate emphasized on the importance of skilled migrants, defending it by saying “no matter how controversial it would be politically, it brings expertise to countries”. The delegation of Switzerland’s main message was that of support for migration as source of “cultural diversity”. Many delegates touched on the second topic as well and how essential it is to support women empowerment.
Two resolutions were submitted during the session, one by the delegation of the United States, and the other by the delegation of the United Kingdom. The first resolution failed to pass the vote. However, the second managed to pass.
Today the topic present ahead of member states of the Economic and Social Council was the empowerment of women.
A resolution put forward by the delegation of KSA was great source of controversy as many delegates stood up to oppose it. It was a catalyst for the debate and got everyone in the committee involved and eager to participate.
General Assembly (GA)
The weaponisation of social media in modern times is the main topic on the table for the GAs first session. The delegates made their opening remarks and began debating the resolutions.
The delegates debated two resolutions where one failed and the other passed. The delegates passed some amendments to strengthen it and provide effective solutions to the problem.
Upon the commencement of the second session for the General Assembly, delegates who have yet to address the topics at hand in a speech were given the opportunity to do so briefly before resolutions were debated. Today’s topic was about poverty, inequality, and unemployment leading to extremism.
The delegate of France was the first to take the podium. In the speech the delegated described social media as a “double edged sword” and called for the co-operation of major media companies in tackling this issue. The delegation for Russia also talked about the impact of social media transforming our world into a “small village”. The delegation of Switzerland, Jordan and Italy expressed their concerns on the rise of extremism with the Delegation of Jordan referring to the murder of Nahed Hattar, an outspoken Jordanian journalist. The Italian delegate called for all members to “work hand in hand in the fight against extremism and cyber crime.”
The first resolution was submitted by Somalia to tackle poverty and unemployment in developing countries, which signaled the beginning of the debates to come.
United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC)
The HRC began its session with the topic of tackling the issue of human rights violations towards minorities. The debates will also cover the illegal targeting of unarmed civilians and infrastructure under armed conflict.
The delegate of Panama started the session by calling on all countries to “ensure basic human rights under armed conflict” and the protection of minorities, stating that “it is an integral responsibility of all”. The delegation of Russia reaffirmed that position by asserting that “there is nothing more important than human life”.
The debate on the first resolution was submitted by the delegation of France. After a long period of debating, the committee failed to pass the resolution. 19 votes went against it, and 11 votes for the resolution . The second resolution sparked some heated debates and all delegates got involved. However, a vote over the resolution was delayed till the next day.
The HRC moved on to its next topic on the protection of civilians’ human rights and healthcare in war zones.
The first resolution was submitted by the delegation of Germany.
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The first issue to be examined in the UNHCR committee was assisting asylum seekers who have become stranded due to EU border closure and relocation programs.
A number of delegates voiced their concerns in their speeches. The delegation of Jordan expressed eagerness to support a resolution stating that Jordan “accepted a huge number of refugees despite its lack of resources”. The delegation of Libya criticized how refugees are being treated in Europe, calling it “inhumane” and advising that more assistance is provided to them. The delegation of Palestine referred to the incident of a boy being washed ashore after an attempt to seek asylum failed. The delegate called on “drawing the spotlight” on this issue.
UNHCR began debating their next topic on the protection of displaced persons and refugees in Africa.
The main submitter of the first resolution was the delegation of Algeria and co-submitted by other African nations, with support from countries from outside the continent as well. During the debates, the United States delegate came under scrutiny because of the results of the latest American elections. They voiced their concerns over President-Elect Trump and his policies towards migrants and refugees.
Security Council (SC)
Counter-terrorism actions to be taken post 9/11 was the first topic to be discussed in the SC. It is a rather unique topic where delegates are put in a historical scenario to debate measures to be taken post the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Speeches were lead by the Delegation of Syria who emphasized on the importance of the matter at hand, calling it a “tragic event” and expressed his condolences as well as offering assistance. The delegation of South Africa joined in offering the nations condolences stating that they were all “deeply saddened by this event”, and clarified that this is a “war on terror rather than a war on Islam”.
The committee was clearly divided on the day with both resolutions failing to pass.
More information regarding the progress at each committee will be updated regularly as soon as it has been gathered.