Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Artur-Woll-Haus Siegen/ 17 th of Novembre - The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) came together for the third and final time of this year’s SiegMUN conference. On the topic of strengthening the economic involvement women in sustainable development four draft solutions were presented and voted on.
Today at 3 p.m, the main points of every resolution were resumed by one of its sponsors:
1/1) promotes raising the awareness of the rights of women and the rights of religion and raising the awareness of the existence of anti-discrimination organisations
1/2) promotes strengthening the literacy of women, strengthening the support for women entering business, minimizing the gender pay gap
1/3) promotes supporting job appreciation, minimizing gender pay gap and unpaid work done by women, fighting formal financial barriers for women to enter business, strengthening literacy of women and financial education of women
1/4) considers supporting the development of women self-help clubs and presenting different approaches on how to do so, supporting child-care institutions.
Before the voting started, the delegate of China raised his concerns concerning the presence of the press during the procedure. Thanks to the involvement of secretary general Cory Greg the press was allowed to stay as a silent observer, not carrying out single voting choices to the public.
Draft resolutions 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 are adopted. The chair compliments the commitment and efforts of this year’s ESCAP committee and also points out the endurance of all delegates.
Results of the Fun Awards:
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
China & United States
Micronesia & Turkey
Artur-Woll-Haus Siegen/ 16 th of Novembre - The 32 delegates of the ESCAP committee managed to agree on important points on how to strengthen the economic involvement of women in sustainable development. After different concerns were pointed out in speeches, the delegates quickly progressed to forming groups in order to get to more concrete subjects.
After yesterday’s lack of bold approaches today more active involvement could be recognized. Again, particularly striking was the participation of China. Apparently, also Singapore and Palau managed to make a lasting impression on their fellow delegates. Soon, the presence of four joints could be felt. Following driving forces are currently collaborating on solutions:
Sri Lanka, Japan, Palau, Singapore
Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, France
North Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, France
South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, United States, United Kingdom
The most popular ideas are to give women “proper tools to participate in business” which was firstly suggested by France and to enforce especially women in rural areas via “self help clubs” in order to create self sustainable villages like suggested from Palau. The majority of delegates agreed that the gender pay gap and the high unemployment rate of women has to be combated. Forbye, a majority of delegates is concerned with the idea of creating more childcare possibilities to support women to get further involved in work environment. Singapore commented a rather interesting approach, namely to strengthen the economic involvement of women by empowering men in affairs concerning the institution of family like child-rearing.
Concrete resolutions weren’t proposed yet, but have to be handed in until the end of today’s session. Eventually, tomorrow everything will get more concrete. The next session will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Artur-Woll-Haus Siegen/ 15 th of Novembre - Today at 2 p.m. the Economical and Social Commision for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) came together in Artur-Woll-Haus in Siegen to discuss which of the following two topics is to be chosen for this year’s SiegMUN conference:
Strengthening the Economic Involvement of Women in Sustainable Development
Combating Extreme Poverty in New Urban Areas
Usually the first session of every committee is used to decide on one of the two proposed topics, yet after hours of discussions the ESCAP committee wasn’t able to get to a consensus. It was soon decided to set the agenda to first discuss points for the first topic and afterwards consider points on the second. But the lack of more bold approaches hindered fruitful developments, even after first working groups have been found and even after raising the regular speaking time from 60 to 90 seconds in the last half-an-hour of the session - the ESCAP still wasn’t able to decide on the most important points. Nonetheless, particularly China and Indonesia stood out in participating very actively in the session. The United States already considered questions of funding. And Singapore and China hint at the close intertwining of both topics and the influence on each other. Uzbekistan appeals to the question of equality and Indonesia points out that collective solutions regarding men and women, are needed. It seems that the majority is in favor for the first topic. Tomorrow’s session will show if this impression is right. The committee will start their discussions again tomorrow at 9 a.m.