And finally we were there. After months of preparation the delegation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela had made it to Rome. Behind us lay numerous productive seminar meetings with our great Faculty Advisors Anna and Chrisi, hours of speech and resolution writing, heated debates and after all a term full of new experiences and impressions. Unfortunately not the whole delegation was able to participate in this final event but those who did had a great week down in Italy:
Lisa and Philipp, Legal Committee
The Legal Committee decided to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in its intellectual property dimension. It was generally agreed that patent laws are indispensable for protecting intellectual property and thus medical progress, but at the same time may not undermine access to life-saving medicines and compromise the human right to health.
In this sense, the Bolivarian Republic advocated for a humane and flexible adaption of international intellectual property law. Together with allies from all stages of development, we worked and finally agreed on a comprehensive resolution that, as we believe, protects both patents and people.
Habib and Niklas, DISEC
The Disarmament and International Security Committee decided to tackle the issue of Violent Non-State Actors – a topic as large as the size of the committee.
Delegates faced a twofold task: How can the international community classify the whole range of these actors, and based on this system, which strategies can be implemented in order to confront current and future threats.
During the conference, it became clear that positions of several groups were less conflicting than expected. However, time was short and the committee ended up being split in four distinct groups which couldn’t agree on one common resolution.
Pleurat and Sebastian, SOCHUM
Being a socialist country, freeing workers from the yoke of capitalism and neo-liberalism has always been an important item on the agenda of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Therefore we were happy that the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee decided to discuss the topic of International Labor Standards.
Our points of criticism on the current exploitation of workers all around the world were heard and included in at least two draft resolutions. Yet, mainly due to lack of time, none of the three presented papers seemed to be finished and thus was able to get the approval of our delegates.
Gabriela, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States gathered to discuss the growing problem of trafficking in persons in the region. At the very beginning of the discussion it became clear how much work lies before the community, as the complexity, the numerous forms and aspects of the problem and the different roles that countries have in it surfaced. While at first all members worked together on the issue, a surprising working paper and with it the coalition of the Caribbean States was announced and has divided the community. However, given the borderless nature of human trafficking, the two later introduced draft resolutions were overlapping on various accounts, so the community decided to merge them into an extensive and unified action plan. The final resolution, which the delegation of Venezuela was one of the main tailors of, finally passed. It addressed the points of interest of Venezuela and left some other controversial points to our delegation like the regional funding vague, which made the overall outcome of the sessions favorable to Venezuela.
After heated discussion, the Special Political and Decolonization Committee decided to tackle the problem of state-building, i.e. in regard to how to support a failed state or a region after war with the aim of developing a working, sustainable political system.
Astonishing alliances were formed and several draft resolutions were accepted. Discussion through the whole MUN was formal and fair. Eventually, all ideas went the same direction, for the most part only differing in phrasing details.
In a speedy voting process, the resolution that Venezuela was involved in passed – not the one that the US had supported – this was very pleasing for our delegation.
After a short introduction, the Human Rights Council began its work by setting the agenda. A slight majority of the Member States votes’ declared topic A “The Human Right to Healthcare” as the more pressing issue to discuss. This is also the topic most favored by Venezuela since the country struggles with constant shortages in medical supplies despite its notable progress in terms of medical infrastructure and social healthcare.
Throughout the sessions, Venezuela proposed the implementation of a region-specific approach with the aim of strengthening the self-empowerment of developing states and reducing financial independencies.
In the middle of the conference the intense discussions about how to tackle the issue at hand were interrupted by a crisis. A member of the WHO informed the Council of the outbreak of a rapidly spreading disease and urged all participating member states to give a joint press statement.
In the end of the week the Council drafted two final resolutions which shared a lot of common results. Nevertheless, Venezuela chose to go with the first of the two resolutions in order to emphasize its focus on a fairer distribution and trade of medical products.
Mariam and Tom, WHO
The World Health Organization’s topics focused on the prevention of the spread of epidemics and – more specifically – waterborne diseases.
The decision making process on which of the two should be discussed was the most controversial part of debate in an otherwise extremely peaceful atmosphere, typical for the WHO and the borderless issues they are mandated to deal with.
In a surprising turn of events after a spectacular voting procedure, a resolution without the United States’ involvement narrowly passed – a satisfactory outcome for the Venezuelan delegation, considering all three draft resolutions had similar underlying messages.