In March, the Solvay Student Economics Club participated in the first edition of the MUN. We organised the IMF committee with the Solvay Student Finance Club. This article brings you inside this great event.
To bring to life such a project, you need: 2000 flyers, 300 posters, 154 delegates, more than 15 different nationalities, 5 committees, months of team work, 250 copies, 600 emails exchanged, at least 30 hours of workshops, too many debates (actually, can we have too many debates?) but most of all love and passion.
The first edition of Brussels Model United Nations was sometimes long, hard, and stressful but most of the time, inspiring and motivating.
We did it, YOU did it. While working together towards the same goal, uniting the third generation, we grew up all together. Model International Delegates truly believes that we should engage ourselves in our own education. By choosing to do it, we all learned something.
Let’s review the reports of the resolutions, found by students representing one country, written by the press team.
The International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund decided to implement a new tax in order to solve the necessity of a mechanism to reduce system risks from the financial sector and to avoid further economic crisis. Being aware that a financial tax may disrupt the financial market and finding a consensus between all the IMF members and their respective political beliefs is always difficult. Nevertheless, the following resolution had been adopted:
A „financial crisis responsibility fee” would be levied on the riskiest part of the balance sheet from all financial and holdings institutions with assets of more than $20 billion. This tax will have a progressive rate, which would be determined by a new consultative organ composed with all IMF members.
The Council of the European Union
In the Council of the European Union, the delegates together with their chair, assistant chair and legal officer, drew the lines of Internet regulation and openness in Europe. Their resolution states that Internet traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference. It should be independent of its sender, receiver, type, content, device, service or application.
The Council also looked for new approaches to solve compliance and collection issues in the VAT system and discussed how to counter tax fraud and evasion. Their final recommendation is to reinforce the exchange of best. More efforts are needed to enhance cross-border cooperation, such as with joint audits and administrative cooperation.
The United Nations Security Council
For the United Nations Security Council only one resolution about the conflict of South China Sea has been voted.
Through this resolution, the majority of UNSC’s member states decided to encourage the General Assembly to create a group of independent diplomatic observers to prevent further escalation of the conflict. In this final resolution, the members also emphasize the importance of the implementation of the Declaration of Conduct of Parties.
The ECOSOC committee
The ECOSOC committee discussed the topics of Environmental Sustainability, and Human Trafficking. Concerning the first topic, the ECOSOC committee passed a resolution, submitted by the delegations of Togo and South Africa, affirming the necessity to improve environmental governance, specifically for water supply. The resolution calls upon all Member States to create an international control instance for funding environmental management programs and demands that every member state presents an Annual Report treating all environmental issues at a national level.
Regarding the second topic, the committee passed two different resolutions. The first one, submitted by the delegations of Togo, South Africa and Germany, establishes four pillars to tackle anti-trafficking and migration smuggling. These pillars are identification, protection, prosecution and prevention. The second resolution, submitted by the delegations of Switzerland and France, proposes to establish a preventive action plan based on principles such as rising public awareness through information campaigns and increased activities at schools, as well as increased cooperation between states and non-governmental actors in order to identify the most urgent issues.
The NATO committee had two topics to discuss: cyber security and hybrid warfare. However, they decided to publish only one communique covering both subjects, as they were quite similar. The communique states NATO’s position about hybrid warfare and acknowledges the present conflict with Russia. It then provides guidelines on how the member states should act to prevent cyber threats and avoid hybrid warfare. It encourages them to use a strategic communication for more transparency and trust and this through education A group of communication experts should be created in order to bring help to countries that ask for it. The education system should also be altered in a way that it can improve the population’s media literacy narrative warfare and presence in Ukraine and surrounding countries. These policies are now to be applied or not by the NATO Military Committee.
“Education is you”
That being said, not only we learned about the VAT gap, network neutrality, South China Sea tensions, we also learned how to debate, listen to others, expose our ideas and sell it to others, work as a team and much more even though you cannot always express them in words.
Those three days have been really intense and the whole team of Model International Delegate is already looking forward to host the Second Edition of Brussels Model United Nations.
Never forget that “Education is you” and that YOU can help build a better world.