The 6th Committee

It’s Wednesday, 2:15 pm and while this school day is over for most students, the lobbying in our committees is really starting to take off now. The sixth committee is discussing illegal trading of commodities with terrorists as well as working conditions in mines and quarries.

From the beginning on everybody seems confident that global collaboration and strong international relationships are key to successfully tackle named matters.

Discussions and negotiations are vivid but briefly interrupted by a sudden dress code check that has everybody uptight for a moment and by another unexpected problem: The keyboard of the smartboard has been set to Arabic and makes working a bit more complicated. International events, international problems.

After it is made sure that no delegate is violating the dress code and the smartboard problem has been solved it is time to return to the actual matters of concern.

Argentine Republic and Central African Republic agree that transparency is essential for successfully fighting terrorism. They stress that if companies were obliged to monitor and publicly display what mines they obtain their commodities from, exploitation of miners could be impeded and obtaining resources from mines that are correlated to terrorist organizations would be more difficult. China however states that the implementation of such measures would be very challenging and Indonesia worries that commerce and economy of specific states could be drastically restrained.

Thursday begins early, at 08.30 am everybody is seated and ready to start negotiations. The first resolution is discussed and main submitter USA focuses on clarification and investigation by proposing the establishment of a board of investigation, an approach which is supported by the Republic of Iraq. It emphasizes that sufficient and clear international communication is an essential requirement for a successful fight against terrorist organizations and also quotes Edward Griffin by saying: “To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.” Argentine Republic agrees and states that governmental corruption needs to be fought first.

Germany wishes to add another amendment to the resolution: The bombing of oil wells and other resource sites that are directly correlated to terrorist organizations should stop. Instead sanctions should be imposed to impede illegal trading of commodities. The French Republic worries that such measures could create a safe zone for terrorists and doubts the effectiveness of proposed amendment.

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