Newsletter 18th Edition
This is a compilation of the Articles written during the 18th Edition of the BIMUN/SINUB Conference by the BIMUN Tribune
Left-wing Loonies of UNWoman WASTING time!!
BONN-Overpaid "DIPLOMATS" of the UNWoman committee seemingly want to WASTE our TAXPAYERS' money by DELIBERATELY entering multiple misvotes. When our brave independent journalist wanted to inquire this grave abuse of your money, he was ATTACKED by one of the commitee chairs. Do we need more PROOF to get our POLITICIANS to stop funding this committee and instead to spend the BILLIONS we lose every year for our VETERANS???
Time poverty: one of the many faces of climate change
BONN- The problem of time poverty is a harsh reality in rural and underdeveloped areas all around the globe. Especially women will spend the majority of their time doing unpaid, mainly domestic, work just because society expects them to. This issue prevents many women to invest (more) time into paid work, which in turn makes them financially dependent. On top of that, they will lose the few offered opportunities to become independent; not only financially. About 75% of extreme poor people live in rural areas and 70% of the same population are women. Even though 43% of agricultural worker are women, almost none of them actually own any land or even property. This unjustice is even more serious given the complete lack of social protection and the restrictive gender norms in many regions of the world.
The global empowerment of women has made changes to these pressing matters, but virtually all progress to combat these issues is faced with another overwhelming challenge: Gobal climate change. The climate change will increase the workload for women and make them even more dependent. Women will have even less time, because they will have to increase their efforts in domestic areas, e.g. food and water gathering. Natural disasters will also put a huge strain on families. The impending mass migration will stretch women and rural populations in general to their limit if nothing is done against it.
This is why the UN Women Council is discussing these matters in detail and with much passion. They already thought about setting guidelines for local governments to orient themselves. Additionally the Council wants to engage in promoting projects focused on women in rural areas. Modern problem require modern solutions. But a possible consensus still seems to be far away.
Dr. Insa Thiele-Eich speaks on the first full day of the BIMUN; discusses climate, diversity, and work-life balance
BONN-This morning, Dr. Insa Thiele-Eich spoke to the BIMUN 2019 conference about this year’s BIMUN topic; climate. In her opening remarks, she expressed her excitement to visit a group of young professionals and future leaders interested in the climate debate.
Thiele-Eich is one of two female candidates set to go into space through a program called Die Astronautin. Thus far, the German government has funded astronaut training only for men.
“Every space fairing nation in the world, that has had more than two astronauts in space, have had women in space except for Germany and Kazakhstan.” Thiele-Eich said. “My boss Claudia Kessler was very bothered by this because space creates a lot of passion and inspires a lot of people, especially children, to pursue careers in STEM, which experiences a lot of a gender gap.”
Former CEO of HE Space Operations Claudia Kessler founded the project and was able to collect 68,590 € on Startnext.com, a start-up crowd funding website.
“In April 2017 she founded the Astronautin GmbH with the goal to fly the first German woman into space by 2020. Astronautin acts as a symbol and role model to inspire girls for space and technology. This privately organized and financed project is a trailblazer for future human spaceflight programs in Europe.” Is stated on Kessler’s LinkedIn page.
Since she was about 8 years old, Thiele-Eich wanted to become an astronaut like her father.
“As a child, I wanted to become an astronaut. I had privilege because my father is an astronaut so I had first-hand access to the space community. I grew up in the U.S., in Texas, so I also had the privilege to [attend school in both countries] and had very few gaps [in my education] because both school systems focus on very different things.” Thiele-Eich said. “I was a little irritated in 2016 when I read the application procedures that I could still become first female German astronaut because growing up in the US they have numerous female astronauts. I babysat the kids of these astronauts. “
Thiele-Eich also spoke about the differences between the United States and Germany. Thiele-Eich feels that the astronomical community is much more different than in Germany.
“The biggest difference [between both countries] is diversity. If you look online, you will see a picture of the German astronauts and you see no diversity. In the US, the first woman to fly into space was in the 80’s the first mother in was also in the 80’s. My dad was in a class with 40 other astronaut candidates and there were so many women, so many nationalities [represented] that you didn’t have to think about these ‘firsts’ anymore.”
Thiele-Eich added that the attitudes towards motherhood in the United States were also different.
“Nobody cared. Nobody said ‘ooh look at her, she’s leaving her kids at home, that’s weird. What a weird mom’, so growing up [around that mentality] was good for me because I always wanted to become a mother, so I didn’t have a doubt that you could combine having a career and having children. I have three.”
Thiele-Eich emphasizes having a good work-life balance. On her Instagram she highlights moments of her job and of motherhood, and she wants her children to be active in the climate discussion without pushing them too hard. Her Instagram handle is astro_insta.
BREAKING NEWS: Situation in N’Djamena, Chad
N'Djamena-In a troubling development in Chad, it has emerged that two German aid workers have been kidnapped in the capital, N’Djamena. The aid workers, two sisters from the City of Hamburg, aged 21 and 23 respectively, had been in Chad since March of 2019, working with the the “Action against Hunger” NGO. This is the latest in a spate of kidnappings in the Lake Chad basin, and wider Sahel region, after six aid workers of the same NGO had been kidnapped earlier in the year with one of them being executed in late September.
The increasing violence in the region has led to several NGO’s pulling out of the area, leading to a loss of valuable in support to an extremely vulnerable populace. N’Djamena, close to the Nigerian border has long suffered from the Boko Haram insurgency, including a series of suicide bombings in 2015. Boko Haram is again suspected of being behind the kidnappings.
The German foreign ministry was not willing to comment on the matter upon request of the BIMUN Tribune. However, other EU member states have expressed the desire to withdraw all aid workers and volunteers from the region. The kidnapping comes as the United Nations Security Council is in session, debating an extension for the mandate for the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).
What makes a „Green Conference“?
BONN-As many of you have already heard, the BIMUN/ SINUB Conferences are the first „green“ MUN conferences in Germany. But what exactly does that mean? The Tribune media team talked to Tania Morales, BIMUN ExCom member and in charge of the „Green Conference“-concept. According to her, all it takes are little steps into the right direction. This is the basic idea behind this endeavour.
Starting with the means of transport, the delegates are encouraged to arrive by train and bus to keep the CO2 emissions as low as possible. With BIMUN largely being visited by european delegates, this is not much of a problem. Of course not everybody is able to make use of public transport. The Delegation from the United States for example had to use the plane and thus increased the Carbon Dioxide footprint of this conference by a large amount. This being the opposite of „green“, BIMUN established a cooperation with CO2OL which in turn will compensate any CO2 emissions by reforestation and forestprotection. Additionally, BIMUN 2019 will be the first conference that will only offer vegetarian meals, which is not only „green“ but also generally healthier. Moreover, during the many coffee breaks, only Fair Trade coffee and chocolate will be distributed. To enjoy the coffee without any climate-related worries, reuseable cups were made avialable for every delegate.
To reduce the production of senseless waste, BIMUN 2019 refused to use much paper. An App will cover everything that delegates need to be informed about. From study guides to schedules, everything is made avialable electronically to waste less paper. The topic of BIMUN 2019 „Global Challenges in the Age of Climate Change“ and the resulting climate-related topics of each committee accentuates the need for change and the efforts of our organisation.
Outside of the yearly conference, BIMUN as an organisation set itself as a goal to inform people about climate-related issues and to give them an opportunity to ask urgent question during the so-called „Lecture Series“. In cooperation with the UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification), one of many partners, we offer information booklets and Tours of the UN Campus in Bonn. On top of that, BIMUN played its part during the „UN World Environment Day“ last June 5th. BIMUN Members went to the Hofgarten in Bonn and picked up all kinds of trash and disposed them accordingly.
All this helps to make to world a little greener and our future a little brighter.
BONN-The youth are on a roll this year with all their preparations for the BIMUN/SINUB 2019! With a grand felicitating opening ceremony, the BIMUN kick started the conference on 22nd November which is scheduled from 22nd-26 th of November. The delegates are prepared with full enthusiasm and gushed to
put forward their views of opinions. There seems to be a bunch of new comers in the MUN which shows a keen interest among the youth these days to step up and put forward their views. A lot of university students from Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and a few all the way from the U.S have participated as
delegates in the MUN. Not only are the students from the co-related study in accordance to this conference but also some of them are from different streams of their study like engineering, biology, etc. This shows that not only is MUN useful for the curriculum basis but also for the youth to boost up their confidence and improvise the skills of public speaking. Conferences are held on the mornings
during these days and the evenings are for the youth to have fun and get to know each other. 22nd November evening, the young delegates had their fun time at the Christmas market of Bonn with the special drink of glühwein. Much more interesting stuff is awaited on these days. The MUN is over to the delegates now.
G20 – Paris Climate Agreement
BONN- A back-and-forth discussion revolving around the United States of America (USA) and it’s clear emphasis that they, “will not sign the Paris Climate Agreement” and pushing for more of another form of agreement that does not constitute with the name “Paris” and removing the carbon caps as this, as claimed by the USA delegate, “will put a severe stress on the United States economic growth.” Republic of South Africa and The Kingdom of Belgium offered up a renegotiation on the basis of the needs of the USA in order to rejoin and sign the Paris Climate Agreement. This was met with more of an upset from fellow delegates leading to France making a statement of severe opposition with the offered renegotiation with the USA and that the stance the country holds needs to be reevaluated less from the international side but rather from the domestic side of the country alone. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) demanded that the USA shall not be given the privileged ability to pick and choose what it wants. This dialogue then stemmed into carbon coals and their emissions and claims from the USA that their coal is “clean coal” with a strong refutation from France stating, “’clean coal’ is no such thing just as there is no ‘clean cigarettes’: both aren’t healthy” and the IMF supported that with research of one-third of green-house gases come from carbon emissions and two-thirds of this are a result of coal production.
By: Alan Carter
Nigeria Papers LEAKED, MASSIVE DIAMOND SCANDAL!!!
BONN- Yesterday, one of our BRAVE investigative journalists managed to UNCOVER a massive scandal involving Nigerian Diamonds. The coked-up delegate of Nigeria in the Crooked UNEP managed to WOO his collegues into buying his BLOOD DIAMONDS. Call your LOCAL CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN to get them to stop giving our TAXPAYER'S MONEY to this LOONEY """DIPLOMAT"""
Sightseeing Tips from Locals
BONN-We at the Daily Tribune went around and asked local delegates to reveal their secret or not-so-secret sightseeing tips for Bonn. We are aware, that many delegates will not have so much time to spare, so we will only focus on the most important sights and places. The first „must-see“ is of course our lovely Christmas Market in the historical center of Bonn. The atomsphere is just unique and you will be able to get all the christmas gifts from just one place. Moreover you can be a part of a long-standing tradition and ist unique drinks and foods.
The second one is our georgous Univsersity and its many old buildings. The halls and the fassades will guide you back into the time of old Europe. If you have the time, we especially recommend one of the many guided tours of people dressed in historical clothing. The third possibilty is to take a quick glance at the birth place of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. This building is also a small museum and memorial at the same time.
If you like taking long walks, then number four would be four you: If you start at the „Alter Zoll“ near the main building of the university, head upstream along the bank of the river Rhine. On this beautiful route, you will be able to see monasteries, the old residence of the West-German president, many goverment buildings like ministeries or you can just simply enjoy the colours of a late-autumn Bonn. And if you like really long walks, you will get to the Rheinaue, a large park in the southern city.
But when the cold weather lets you down again, we still have some cultural highlights and a large variety of museums. If you are interested in natural history, check out the Muesum König. If you prefer art, try the Bundeskunsthalle. If by any chance you spent your whole money on Glühwein (which has happend to some delegates), you can visit the Haus der Geschichte; a free museum with the aim to educate everyone about German history after the second world war. One of the most famous german improvisational theatres can also be found just ariund the corner: The Springmaus.
Last but not least, we can recommend UN Campus to everyone who has missed the pre-programme. There you can find a large amount of climate-relates UN bodies as well as many different NGOs. Even the old German plenary hall of the „Bundestag“ can be found there. We hope that we were able to encourage some of you to explore and enjoy your beautiful host city of Bonn even more!
Tackle microplastic pollution at national and international scales
BONN-Regarding all the measures for tackling microplastic pollution of marine biospheres, delegates of UN Environment Programme brought to light today some major points that I would like to summarize here. There are two ways one can consider approaching the issue, at a smaller scale - national, local level - and at a regional or international scale.
Firstly, acting on a smaller scale allow countries to focus on prevention, regulation and proper actions adapted to their particular needs and amount of waste. Because each country possesses different urgencies and budgets, tackling microplastic pollution first begins with national legislation.
According to the global south, each government should have a leading role in reducing waste and creating policies to recycle. In this respect, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) required, for example, the creation of taxes on plastic bags in each country. It is a small process that could nevertheless lead forward to a real diminution of plastic waste. Idea shared by the United Kingdom who is, among other things, trying to install stations in supermarkets to refill reusable water bottles.
At a local scale, centralizing projects is a way to empower initiatives. Thus, the delegation of Nigeria highly encouraged national scientific cooperation to focus on the disastrous consequences that microplastic pollution might have on his population. Health problem appears as one of his main concern regarding this topic. To educate, train experts, as well as finance local economies to expand their industries and development programs, are solutions that fit the country’s needs.
The UK and Iceland delegations also underlined the necessity of preventing citizens, especially the younger generations, of the alarming consequences of microplastic pollution, currently spreading in all seas and oceans.
On the other hand, acting at a regional and international level allow countries to make partnerships and have more money to elaborate on bigger projects. Since microplastic pollution is a global issue, every government has a role to play on the world stage. The budget is at the core of discussions, as well as the need to share scientific advances in order to find efficient solutions.
Regulation has to be made on an international level and it is an urgency. Furthermore, international cooperation appears absolutely essential for some countries who don’t have enough space, infrastructures and resources to act properly. This is the case of Iceland who asked for help to tackle microplastic pollution.
Considering the situation in his country, the delegation of Indonesia pointed out the urgent need to increase regional legislation between Asian countries in order to reduce the alarming amount of plastic waste in the packaging sector. In 2050, one might count them in billions of tones. South Korea also underscores how useful a collaboration between Asian countries could be.
To undergo huge enterprises, global founding occurred to be essential. Iceland suggested to collaborate with worldwide organizations as the World Bank to engage long-term actions and find durable solutions. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) highly invited countries to financially collaborate and turn themselves toward global founding.
The last main point of the day was the necessity of promoting researches. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasized the importance of scientific information to tackle the issue of microplastic pollution. One need to know the consequences for human, animal health and biodiversity at the same time as launch experimentations to provide proper ways out. The delegation of the United Kingdom urged other countries to cooperate to drive science forward.
To conclude, global awareness is a huge key in the topic of microplastic pollution, as important as national priorities
Developed and developing countries, middle voices and alliances
BONN-UNEP-Today, everyone agreed on one point: microplastic pollution endangers underwater life and researches revealed that it is now an issue that could have terrible effects on humans’ health, potentially leading to the destruction of marine life and a sanitarian catastrophe. However, depending on their resources and urgencies regarding their level of development, countries struggled to find compromises and agreements to tackle the issue. One obvious gap between developed and developing countries divided the assembly, both sides trying to obtain things from each other rather than working together to come up with collaborative projects. I will first present the main ideas of developed countries that emerged before focusing on developing countries’ main statements. Finally, I will talk about how some delegates were despite trying to find a middle path to orient the debate toward an international cooperation. It created an overall animated discussion.
While trying to find concrete solutions, developed countries were able to relate to fellow delegates propositions. United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, for example, supported the ideas of putting more money in the recycling system as well as in scientific researches. The delegation of the United Kingdom emphasized their efforts to reduce their production of plastic waste and emphasized how ready they were to invest more money in the recycling system. Developed countries also pointed out how important it is to protect marine life and expand durable fisheries. Fishery appeared as a key solution to preserve the life below the water while allowing humans to profit from the ocean’s resources. Because Sweden’s economy is largely based on it, protecting marine habitats is one of the main government’s goals.
More radically, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UN Forests) claimed that one need to “save the nature for the nature”, meaning that countries responsibility to protect the environment from microplastic pollution shouldn’t necessarily be motivated by primary humans needs but by the willingness to preserve mother nature’s gifts.
Those preoccupations seemed secondary to developing countries’ delegations who were mostly carrying about the well-being of their population who are in cruel need of better sanitarians conditions and are suffering from hunger. Philippines, Indonesia and India were especially supporting each other. Furthermore, they were constantly blaming developed countries for all the environmental damages they caused in the past. They feel, in a way, less responsible and want them to act in terms of compensations. Philippines, with the support of Indonesia and India, brought to light how unfair the situation is to be the dustbin of the industrialized world and China urged developed countries to deal with their recycling issue. They highlighted how developing countries are less capable of action than richer countries and called for well-balanced solutions. For them, it is a matter of international regulation, Indonesia asked for “more JUSTICE”.
While trying to think about international actions they could undergo, India requested the possibility for local fishers to fish in international waters and Indonesia attested that the government would support any enterprises against illegal fishing.
Finally, it is important to show that in spite of these divergences, some countries remained to others the need to create an international guideline in order to reinforce the community mapping. Bolivia, Canada, South Korea’s keyword was “cooperation” at an international scale and China called for an understanding attitude from all delegations regarding the discrepancy of countries resources. Canadian delegation notices that “It is difficult to see the issue as a whole.”.
In a way, each country is responsible, so each country needs to take part in the fight with their own assets. The goal is to generate a system in which everyone can profit from the overall progress and global reforms. Canada reminded that they could not go anywhere without working together. The situation is condemned if they are all using different materials, regulation… International regulation is therefore the key to tackle microplastic pollution and one need a strong collaboration between developed and developing countries.
The International Evening
The second social of this years‘ BIMUN/ SINUB Conference was the „International Evening“. Every delegate was invited to bring and cook or bake something from their homecountry or even from their specific region. This was a great way to bring a large amount of diversity to the table. The food ranged from tasty Mac’n Cheese to proved classics like bruschetta and salads of all types. Culinary Highlights were the South American Arepas and the Schinkengipfeli. As one can imagine, all the cooking and baking with dozens of people in on small kitchen created a chaos unlike anything seen before. But fortunately there are no reports of any major injuries.
But a MUN social is more than just food (many will deny this though). There was of course also a lot of good music and even more dancing. While the delegates danced like crazy, new bilateral relationships were established. The KULMUN delegation proved once again, that they know how to create a great atmosphere with their performance. To please everyone the DJ accepted song requests, which in turn made the delegates happier and louder. So loud in fact that the police had to intervene and warn us about the famous German Nachtruhestörung the sound-Emmisson-protection-regulations. After that the ExCom openend the stage with a Karakoke performance of „Don’t Stop Believing“ (which was of course quieter) many delegates or even committees joined to sing their favorite songs. We heard everything from the 90s to the present chart hits.
But sadly all good things must come to an end and so did the international evening. Thats the time when the cleaning began and lasted seemingly half of the night. Finally we would like to thank everyone involved in making this evening so unique, especially BIMUNs president Katja Schneiders
Who owns the ocean?
The UNEP committee runs into an issue on sovereignty and responsibility
While discussing fishing practices and the problem of plastic contamination in the world’s oceans, a question was posed. Who owns the oceans? After the delegation of France claimed that nobody owns the oceans, a remark made by a member of the committee, “what about the Indian Ocean”, confusion seemed to take a lead in the conversation.
The Chinese delegation reassured that they had authority over their ocean so what is the truth?
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) enacted in 1994, established that countries have exclusive exploitation rights up to 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from their baseline. This means that countries may pursue economic activity in these areas, known as Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), such as fishing and drilling.
Beyond that, the rest of the oceans fall under the ownership of the entire world as a whole. Oceans provide the Earth with many services such as heat regulation and are a major driver of the climate and weather. From hurricanes to ocean currents, the oceans are to be protected by every country regardless of the measure of their sovereignty
By: Alonso Muñoz
RED MENACE ATTACKS OUR NATION AND VETERANS
BONN-TODAY, during the a meeting of the extreme LEFT-WING 'UNWomen's council', the CORRUPT AND COMMUNIST Chinese delegate without reason attacked one of our own. Ambassador Pippa Maertens has bravely served our nation, having SERVED TWICE IN IRAQ and continuing to serve the people as a reserve officer in the Kentucky National Guard. The Communists accused these United States of intervening in the recent elections of Hong Kong which was brutally annexed by the False Government in Beijing in 1997. The Independent Patriot asked the Rightful Government of the Republic of China ,temporarily seated in Taiwan, for a response, but we have not yet received a response. The American People and The Independent Patriot stand by the brave patriots of the Hong Kong Protests. Ambassador Pippa Maertens responded with the greatest composure on this assault against America by saying that this had nothing to do with the topic being discussed and, with sufficient resolve, brought the grievances of the American People into the response by telling the Committee that the American People were disgusted.
Press statement on the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women
NO WITH RIGHTS: UN Women statement on the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women
In the occasion of the International day against women’s violence the UN Women committee wants to stress the importance of the fight against this phenomenon and rape in particular, which is the main focus of this day.
To this day in the majority of countries providing data on rape reports statistics show that less than 40% of women who experience sexual violence seek help.
Furthermore, the US Bureau of Justice Statistics suggest only 35% of all sexual assaults are even reported to the police. What is more, rape most often does not get the proper sentencecing if being sentenced at all. Only about 0.7 percent of rapes and attempted rapes end with a felony conviction for the perpetrator. For instance :In the UK around 3.3% of all reported rapes end in a conviction. Sexual harassment in the work place against women is a persistant issue even in highly developed countries and measures need to be taken on a national as well as an international level. Even though there has been progress with campaigns such as the #metoo movement, sexual violence is still rampant throughout the world.
We call for better education on healthier gender roles and the importance of consent and responsibility. We stress the importance of the adoption at a national level of stricter legislation to regulate this issue and empower women to not only fight back but also speak up on this issue. Prevention is key, but we also recall the relevance of a safety net for victims of rape and sexual harrasment, who oftentimes are left alone facing the atrocities they have been victims of. Only when women will feel safe enough to raise their voice this issue will be eradicated once and for all. The acts taken against women include sexual harrasment, rape, child marriage, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. Such violence targets women on an exceedingly high scale. In war zones, where people are most vulnerable,
sexual violence and intimidation is more prevalent than ever. It is important to have legislation in place that condemns and sanctions unwanted sexual acts, and that legislation that is in place is actually enforced.
With 2019 being the year of the woman, and as we move forward into 2020, let us all continue to uphold and expand upon the values and lessons learnt of the myriad voices of the #metoo movement. And up until the day where violence against women is actually abolished, we will continue to fight for the safety of women all over the world.
By: UN WOMEN
What does it take to organize a MUN-Conference?
The most important ingredient in creating a successful and fun Model United Nation Conference is time. This process may not seem time-consuming but the preparation of this conference started back in January; eleven months before BIMUN/ SINUB 2019. The ExCom (Executive Committee) had to meet on a weekly basis and often even more frequently. During these meetings everything from fundraising to decoration has to be planned. Even seemingly minor and inconspicuous details like lanyard colours or coffee cup designs need to be addressed. This requires a lot of time and discipline. But a MUN is expensive: they have to finance the food, interpreters, venues, socials and even everyday-needs for the organisation. This is made possible by the ExCom mostly by finding sponsors. Not only finding them but to even persuade and to look after the sponsors is not an easy task at all. Moreover you have to inform sponsors and potential delegates of the concept and social-political value of MUNing. The next task is to find suitable venues for socials and the conference itself. Even though the range of possible locations in Bonn is large, only a few suit BIMUNs requirements and price margin. Financing is even more complicated given the strict rules of the German state concerning money being spent by organisations.
To fill these venues with people, BIMUN has to produce ads, keep a good and steady social media presence, hold Lectures and BIMUN representatives have to be present at many international events in Bonn and the whole region.
Additionally BIMUN needs to keep up the work besides the conference.
There is always the pressure in not only trying to please everyone, but even to have as many applicants as possible. For the Conference itself a topic has to be found on which all different committees should orient themselves. The committees also need chairs which have to be interviewed and specially selected. Moreover speakers and patrons have to be found, which are a key component of MUNs.
These challenges are made even harder, given the fact that all ExCom members are organizing a MUN for the first time. They just joined the organisation and have no prior experience; they have only their own effort and the occasional help of the former ExCom members. This is why we own the ExCom and its former members much gratitude for withstanding this burden but also this joyful opportunity planning and executing something so big and amazing. The conference is not the end of the ExComs responsibility, it is more a small pause between organizing even more events, to which all of you are invited to participate.
EXCRUCIATING NEWS TO THE GERMAN AID-WORKERS
N'Djamena-Two german aid workers, two sisters aged 21 and 23 respectively got kidnapped in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. The ladies were NGO members working under “Action against hunger” since March 2019. The horrifying news has led to a shock not only to the German government but also to the rest of the world sending NGO aid workers. Several countries have already decided to withdraw their NGOs to maintain peace and security of their countrymen. This vulnerable incident has led the countries to think of sending NGOs in such dangerous areas. Considering the prevailing insurgency of the Boko Haram close to the Nigerian border, the ministry of most of the countries are a bit reluctant in sending troops to Chad.
Since the german foreign ministry has expressed a desire to withdraw all their aid workers and volunteers from the region, China sends condolences to the people suffered and has asked Germany to take some immediate actions. Reacting to the devastating incident, Belgium firstly sends condolences and withdraws all the aid workers for the security of the their beloved ones but assures that they can send back the aid workers after security measures are taken into mind by the UN. Contrary to that, the USA says that withdrawing the workers will create deep problems with the economy of the country. South Africa, looking at the ongoing events, wishes to think for a while about sending their troops in order to maintain peace and harmony.
By: Ruturaj Chavan
Press under surveillance?
Journalism team discovers surveillance bugs in press room.
Lets speculate WILDY as we analyze the evidence found.
This morning at approximately 11:00, an unhooked phone was discovered in the pressroom. After examining the device, it was examined by our team and it was determined that the phone was broadcasting and probably being recorded off premises, possibly to a foreign server.
What delegation has the most to gain from listening in on the press? CHINA? RUSSIA? THE UNITED STATES? The independent media is in serious danger after finding the bugged device. Two of our journalists have received vague threats and will be resigning tomorrow evening.
GOVERNMENT OVERREACH IN UNWOMEN
BONN- The biased UNWomen's committee recently published its internal Working Paper on how they want to LEGISLATE language. Part of the said Working Paper mentions measures to FORCE gender-neutral positions and pronouns in the workplace. These Orwellian measures are to be expected from the Marxist loving warriors, but we Patriots need to be on watch. They've started to infiltrate our Government and are working with the DEEP STATE to undermine our tradional, family values that built this Great Nation of ours. Our Founding Fathers talked about Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, how can we fellow God-fearing citizens enjoy these unalienable rights when we get locked up in prison camps when using speech that the Red Terror Leaders deem bad. We call upon all Patriots to call your local Congressman/woman to get our Great Nation out of this Pol Pot infested body.
Lies, Threats, and Danger
Conspiracy against the delegation of The Philippines
As the final day continue rolling forward in the UNEP committee, the delegation of the Philippines has been constantly belittled, attacked, berated and straight up ignored not only by the other delegations but by the chairs at the UNEP committee. While suffering from interruptions and humiliation from the entire committee, today the delegation was skipped while calling for attendance.
What do the chairs have against the delegation? Who is paying the chairs in the UNEP committee? Is it the Executive Board? Or does it go higher up to the Illuminati? Who is complicit? Perhaps it has to do with the missing delegate from the United States in the UNEP committee.
UPDATE: Leaked documents obtained by the Independent Patriot suggest an intense love triangle gone awry. The documents will be released to the public via carrier pigeon later today.
BREAKING NEWS: Lunch is postponed by 30mins!
To make our fatigue from yesterday even worse, someone decided to torture us by making the sessions and our wait for food longer! Lunch will now be served at around 13:30. This inhumane treatment has to stop and the people responsible have to be held accountable.
The Yemen Crisis
In order to help them to tackle the following topic: “Institutional and Infrastructural. Rebuilding of post-conflict Yemen”, the delegations of the Security Council received Christiane Heidbrink, a research assistant in the Center for Global Studies (CGS) of the University of Bonn, who held a presentation about the current conflict in Yemen. Before delving into the details, here is an overview of the situation. Yemen is located at the Southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. In 2011, during the Arab Spring, pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in order to speak out against poverty, unemployment, corruption and to force President Ali Abed Allah Saleh to end his 33-year rule who finally hand over power to his deputy Andrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Since, the country has been in a state of political crisis, going throw constant fighting between pro-government forces led by President Hadi (backed by the international coalition, namely France, the United States, and the United Kingdom), anti-government forces led by the Houthis (supported by Iran and the former President Saleh) and jihadists.
Before the conflict, Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East and North
Africa region according to the Human Development Index who measures life expectancy,
education, and standard of living. Now that the fighting has had devastating humanitarian
consequences, the United Nations has pointed out a humanitarian emergency and
designated it as “severe” and “complex”. In 2019, they estimated that:
- 24,1 million people (80% of the population) were “at-risk” of hunger and disease.
- 17,8 million people were without safe water and sanitation
- 19,7 million without adequate healthcare (leading to mass outbreaks of preventable diseases like cholera, diphtheria, measles and Dengue Fever).
If poverty already affected almost half the population before the crisis, it touches now 71 to 78% of Yemeni’s households and women are more severely affected than men. State Authority, State Capacity, State Legitimacy are key features of State building for a country and that the prime question is as Christiane Heidbrink stated, “How to build a government that is capable to run itself?” The approach of S.C.A.L.E breaks down into five components: S.M.A.R.T Goals, Coherence, Assist, Listen, and Evaluate. This 5 sectors are the building blocks to an efficient and self-standing state body. The concept of S.M.A.R.T Goals originated by Former Director George Doran1 and later was developed into various versions of itself. There are five parts to the concept: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
1. Specific demands that a goal for a standing body to set their goals in a manner that is detailed yet to the point as the aspirations required to be met.
2. Measurable means there needs to be a method of noting the change, be it positive or negative, and the motion of the progress.
3.Attainable refers to the ability to achieve the goal at hand, does it carry too much imagination or can one actually reasonably reach it?
4.Relevant required that the goal be defined and whether or not the goal, as a whole, is gauging towards a progressive solution rather than sugar coating the task at hand.
5.Timely must dictate the timeline needed or the appropriate time-span available to achieve the goal set.
In continuation, Coherence is an idea compiling both cooperation and coordination to enable transparency and equal participation of all partaking in the goal. With Assist, as Christiane Hediworth had noted that if you build a road for a country and the people do not know how to maintain and fix the road, then that road did not help in the long-term. Providing is one thing, but the understanding of the thing is another and this shall come from within the country alone and not international taught. Listen indicated that one must listen to the countries needs and the people as it is them who are the voice and they are the ones that are affected by large. Lastly, one must utilize Evaluate to ensure efficiency and cost were accounted for and are used as a reflective tool. The S.C.A.L.E model is what is used to obtain the government that can in the end run itself.
That being said, we would like to conclude this article by underlining the major needs of the Yemeni population since Christiane Heidbrink pointed out in his speech that one of the main keys in the willingness of solving Yemen’s crisis resides in listening to them and therefore to their needs. It begins with focusing on the agriculture issue since thirty of Yemen’s 333 districts are now food insecure and nearly a quarter of the entire population, are malnourished. To tackle this urgent issue, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (FAO) proposes, for example, to increase food and livestock production as well as rehabilitate agriculture infrastructure and irrigation systems. Come with the food issue, sanitarian and water issues, altogether closely tied. Experts are worried that Yemen would be the “first country to run out of water”. “Only one-third of Yemen’s population is connected to a piped water network” according to the United Nations
International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). It is important to point out that the need for water impact political stability, considering that 70% to 80% of conflicts in the country rural regions are water-related. The disruption of public services in this domain allows the spread of deadly diseases, such as cholera and it has made the population considerably vulnerable. Currently, 203 of the 333 Yemen’s districts are hit by acute diseases and infections.
1Doran, G. T. (1981). "There's a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management's Goals and Objectives", Management Review, Vol. 70, Issue 11, pp. 35-36.
Post-conflict country if the country is still torn apart by the war?
Bonn- While debating today on the “Institutional and Infrastructural Rebuilding of post-conflict Yemen”, all delegations of the Security Council encountered the following problem: can we talk about rebuilding a post-conflict country if the country is still torn apart by the war? So far, no sustainable peace has been made in Yemen and trying to consider this fact appeared as a priority for many delegates. This enterprise is however extremely difficult since several dimensions interwind in the Yemen crisis: religious, regional, international, political. Proposals and negotiations took place in 2012 after the Arab’s Spring and the reconciliation efforts resulted with presidential elections, held in Yemen on February. This peace process who arranged a power transfer within the country was unsuccessful and violence continues to consume the country.
Thus, the topic of humanitarian aids was in the core of discussions since it contributes to the peace by giving hope and saving lives and at the same time pave the way for the rebuilding. United Kingdom mentioned the need to ensure food security, as well as water and sanitation
as key focus.
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