Thursday, December 10, 2009

die Beschlussfassung

[ The resolution ]

As I have implied in previous posts, resolution writing was not a simple task in our BIMUN committees. There was a lot of the debating - often several hours in a day - and the debating continued well out of the formal sessions into coffee breaks or even in the lobby late at night in the hostel before - and even after long nights out on the town [ I never said we weren't a bunch of nerds]. The fact that everyone was so integrated into their roles made the experience all the more exciting.

Resolution writing made me not only learn more about Germany and the industry sector here, but also the functioning of the United Nations and really how complected it is within this international governing body to promote fairness and peace. The resolutions sound simplistic - and oftentimes I found that they were - but what was most interesting - and taxing - was realizing first hand just how much controversy and opposing arguments can come out of these relatively simple goals to promote a better world. I am still learning about the processes of the United Nations and how it promotes the legislations agreed upon between the nation states, but nevertheless our group managed to pass a few pages of documents that our group finally agreed would create a better balance in our own simulated world.

For some examples I am including some statements from our resolutions that were very relevant to the topics of the week and were also highly supported - or controversially contested - by the BDI. It was a very interesting process, and also a very satisfying one to take place in a heated voting session and try to pass amendments and proposals as a group. I will leave it up to the reader to contemplate whether it was supported by BDI, or if it was criticized for its unfairness or having many loopholes.

Resolution 1.1 [2009] Safe and Sustainable: New Jobs for a Low-Carbon Future. International Labor Conference

6.) Encourages developed countries to provide financial support for those developing countries most affected by climate change as it is preconditioned for the exclusive purpose of creation of green and decent jobs.

9) Fully urges governments and enterprises to ensure the decent working conditions and reasonable income maintenance of workers employed in green jobs, with a special regard to green jobs employing unskilled and less skilled workers, seen as a most vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

14) Suggest to increase cooperation between countries including technical assistance, education and training programs, transfer of know-how and good practice, that would facilitate the development of the low- carbon technologies and technologies based on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Obviously there are issues of defining what is meant by "green jobs", what is specified by "good working conditions", and where the solutions should be implemented. On face value the resolutions seem common place and simple - but with different viewpoints arguing over the meanings of issues down to the verb used to implement it brings hours of controversy into resolution writing.

[ In the subway 'on the way to work' for the day - I couldn't help but feeling a bit professional - it was a great opportunity to work and experience the conference in the historic city of Bonn with so many international students ]

BDI was keen to ensure that green technologies [ new markets to promote less C02 emissions and hence promote new employment in these sectors - understanding the necessity of balance between fair working conditions and efficiency ] were promoted as well as measures to assist the public of modernized nations to be led to jobs and education opportunities in these fields [ hence the connection to all three issues of the week of green technologies in the economic crisis, equal opportunities to education as well as fair working conditions for women around the world.]

Resolution 1.2 [2009] Safe and Sustainable: New Jobs for a Low-Carbon Future. International Labor Conference

15) Proposes intensive institutional cooperation between all interested agencies, bodies and committees as well as international organizations in order to establish mutual cooperation, exchange of information, knowledge and statistics in order to improve capacities of every individual country for the realization of aims mentioned above, emphasizing the avoidance of the damaging consequences of deflationary wage spirals and worsening work conditions.

IV. Building Social Protection
14) Emphasizes on measures to stabilize employment and facilitate transitions in employment as well as access to the labor market of green technologies for the labor force.

Coming home with pages of notes, sheets of research and hardcopies of the resolutions we produced gave me a feeling of emptiness. It is hard to describe, but being so involved during the week at the MUN conference in our own little "bubble" of a world made everything feel very important and vital - only to really be just simulated resolutions at the end of the week. The MUN really was a bubble since we gossiped about delegates with their adopted nation's titles and debated as if we really were working as part of our delegations. Overall it gave me a great perspective of how to understand international relations and also incorporate everything I am learning in Germany as well, but also a chance to become friends and hear opinions from students from all over the world.

What will be very enjoyable is to compare our debates and resolutions to the outcome of the real global warming climate conference in Copenhagen this month in which nations around the world will tackle the leading problems in the environment in modern day. Coming back to real life, I returned home with a lot of new perspectives on the United Nations and international diplomacy, and also a better understanding of Germany [America and other nations as well] as a player in these political agreements. The MUN conference was a one week opportunity to act in a simulated world and use your imagination a bit, but it only made me more aware of my potential as a student pursuing a better grasp on foreign languages, rhetoric and international affairs.

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