United Nations Development Programme
Artur-Woll-Haus/ 17th Novembre - The last day of committee is always different from the others. Finalizing the working-papers took some last effort, before the time of lobbying began.
Two out of the three working groups have submitted their working-paper orderly and on time which were accepted as draft resolutions even before lunch. What could be seen afterwards characterizes the true spirit of the United Nations: solving problems together.
The two working groups did not form two different voting blocks but instead worked eagerly together on the draft resolutions at hand, writing amendments and negotiating the last details before voting. Oppositions were small and handled with diplomatic skill. Notably the delegation of China stood out in proposing amendments and arguing reasonably in order to find consensus.
With 27 present member states the committee started the voting. Resolution 1/1 could be adopted by acclamation after three friendly amendments, whilst Resolution 1/2 could be adopted by acclamation as well.
The adoptions by acclamation proofs the unity the whole committee worked hard for and in the end succeeded.
The solutions worked out in the resolutions focus on launching and promoting innovative technologies dealing with the consequences of climate change and increasing the fundings based on the GDP and the actual pollution produced by member states.
Artur-Woll-Haus/ 16th of Novembre - The second day of SiegMun18 has started as early as 9am today. With 31 present member states the urgent topic of “Mitigating and Adapting to the Effects of Climate Change on Developing States” was on the agenda and needed to be tackled.
After a cold start and the first coffee three working groups have formed. Most of the delegations seem to agree on the solution of renewable energies in order to mitigate the effect of climate change, however the different working groups are still not working together on this matter.
Sharing best practises and installing knowledge-platforms seems to be another favored solution by richer countries like China, Russia, Saudi-Arabia and Denmark, in order to help developing countries to adapt to a changing environment. Especially for developed countries this seems to be an easy way to promote their own technologies around the world, whilst ignoring the need of further fundings.
The problematic funding situation is addressed by Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland. Apparently they are working on a model to raise even more fundings than agreed on in the historic Paris Agreement and to boost the green economy in developing countries.
As the delegation of Canada points out “we also need to work on the public awareness of climate change” and promotes to start educational programmes as well as media campaigns to raise awareness and belief of climate change, since the worlds percentage of people believing in the problem is dramatically low.
We are expecting the first draft resolution until tomorrow morning. Hopefully reasonable steps towards a better and safer are made.
Siegen, Artur-Woll-Haus/ 15th of November
At 2pm the United Nations Development Programme opened the session with a discussion about two topics.
Promoting Rule of Law for Human Development
Mitigating and Adapting to the Effects of Climate Change on Developing States.
Forthe beginning the chairs started the session with a warm opening and introduced themselves and led into first session.
The delegates of France was first to speak during session and set the starting point for the following three days. Member states found consensus that mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change on developing states is the more relevant topic they want to discuss after hard negotiations. In this way hot-headed discussions started proceedings against and for various ways of climate change problems and solutions.
After several unmoderated caucuses three working groups formed and worked on possible solutions to stop the climate change and to save and help the states that are affected hardest by the problem. One group included the states of Haiti, France, Antigua and Barbuda, Samoa and other states which are still looking for further signatories for their working paper. “It’s an issue that can not be ignored any longer” as the delegate of Antigua and Barbuda mentioned. Another group consists of the honorable member states United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Japan. They want to build renewable energy to help developed countries since “people need energy to live” and they “want to invite the scientists to help them” as the delegate of the United Kingdom mentioned.
Several other groups have been formed to tackle the most urgent problems of climate change. The first working papers are expected by Friday before lunch.