The 28th, 29th and the 30th of January were the designated days for IMUN Venice 2019, organized by United Network each year.
There were three committees but this article will focus on WFP, which stands for World Food Programme. It is the organization of UN that cares of famine and food security around the globe. In these days our young commission will tackle a great global problem: Food Waste and its Social and Environmental Consequences. Food waste management is a pressing argument for non-profit organization as it is extremely important to reduce resources and energy waste.

Since the very first day the committee shared and understood each regional problem and discussed generally about food waste. Usually the first day is the one to find the right pace, and delegates managed to share important pieces of information that later became the ground ideas for practical solutions.

The second day is always the core of the workflow, the delegates have spoken passionately about renewable energies and social campaigns, although the commission looked unsure initially it soon split in two main alliance: high-income countries and low-income countries with the main delegates being USA, Sweden, India and Venezuela.

Environmental issues crucially connected with food waste have been discussed by the low-income countries alliance. They wanted to use creative energies such as biogas created with anaerobic digestion and give regional help in poorer countries.

The other alliance with USA as leader wanted to create a fund to develop new technologies for renewable energies, and tackled deeply consumers behaviour and social campaign development. Both of the alliance wanted to create a common fund that would aid countries in need and any country that needed help in developing the programmes proposed by the delegates. The two alliances were really interconnected both thanks to ideas and to the link of the international fund, the only substantial difference between the two being the programmes target: in the high income countries alliance more importance was given to the education of the consumers while in the low income countries the focus are poor families and countries in need.

In the afternoon the commission was struck by a crisis they had to face, fortunately a fictional one but still very realistic. The delegates had to find a solution to population fleeing, abandoning crops and farmland due to sea level rising. With the help of the chair the committee found both short term and long term resolution that would mitigate and cease the crisis, even in a quite short period of time and during the afternoon the delegates  have kept working on their draft resolutions proving to be determined to end it by the end of the day. It’s refreshing to see the committee finally working together and be really operative.

On the third day the committee transformed their working papers in draft resolutions and moved to amendments and voting procedures.

The two alliances presented what they have been working on in these days:

  • Draft Resolution 1.1 would create a global fund through voluntary donation should have been used by the countries to foster research, technological development and aid food waste problems such as transportation. To the alliance the social sensitization was a key point and moved many project in that direction, from schools to social medias
  • Draft resolution 1.2 was mainly focused on two points: a creation of a global fund although it would have been through investments and the conversion of food waste in sustainable energy. Environmental issues were peculiarly important to the low income countries alliance.

When the alliances debated in “Question and answer” they both kept a very diplomatic tone and was very interesting from both sides as they correctly pointed out the weak spots on the draft resolutions and defended they work properly.

The delegates finally decided to concentrate on the first resolution, the one that passed, on which all the delegates collaborated and worked together in the true spirit of IMUN.

By the end of the day the commission had the pleasure to present the resolution to all three the delegations in the closing ceremony and demonstrated that they indeed found common grounds and did an overall amazing job. The chair and the assistant director were very proud of the work of the commission.

All IMUNs are hard and full days but they all leave a great feeling of hopefulness in the future and in the younger generation and this committee was, fortunately, no exception.

Great job delegates!

Andrea Rachele Tegon