Today it took place the third and last day of committee session. The two alliances in few hours will have to face the Voting Procedures. During the morning the opposing sides faced each other and exchanged ideas and proposed plenty of resolutions. The biggest coalition has as sponsors some of the major and influential countries worldwide, the main ones are represented by: China, USA, Canada, Lebanon and Russian Federation. On the other hand there are other delegates who definitely want their voice to be heard.
The two sides discussed about their points in countless moderated and unmoderated caucuses. The spokesmen of both alliances stood up and explained to the whole committee their points in common and the slight differences we can notice during the writing of the working papers. During one of the unmoderated caucuses all the sponsors met and discussed.
The points in common spotted during the meeting, where the ones regarding the use of military forces just in case a country openly asks for help, they would never want to diminish a country; the use of the “blue helmets” of UN was also an agreed option considered by both of them.
Another fundamental point was the internal control of nations at risk, the alliance carried on by Barbados and Venezuela differed this point from the one lead by China, by willing to extend the controls even on the borders. The alliance carried on by China affirmed that this might provoke the begging of conflicts between countries that do not accept the division of the border lines. To sustain his group’s idea he used as example the way WW1 and WW2 began and specified that they should cooperate more democratically, signing treaties and peace declarations.
The delegate representing Canada, and the coalition lead by China, brought up a point that the two sides still did not clarified and discussed during the previous unmoderated caucuses. The alliance represented by Venezuela has internet controlling intents, in fact they say that most of the chemical substances used in the production of chemical weapons are bought online. The delegate of Canada after affirming that internet control would be a violation of the privacy, tried to find a compromise. He suggested to control only specific sites and part of the web (for instance the “Dark Web”) and to avoid controlling sites not used for the online trade.
After a back and forth debate session the two sides reached an agreement on the various problems. During one of the last unmoderated caucuses, both the parts decided to join the two drafts stipulated until that moment and to vote only for some specific amendments following the proposal made by the Chair.
All we can do now is wait for the outcome of the Voting Procedures that are going to take place tomorrow.
Emanuele Rosario Panella