SHSMUN has been in good hands, as Security Council has been caring for our needs from the opening minute. On Saturday, Director General Ace Damodaran, acting as a Venezuelan labor union leader, Che Lopez, visited the committee while they were discussing “The Situation in Venezuela.” This topic recognized Venezuela’s rising inflation and prices, surging violence, and low living standards for most citizens, and the Security Council delegates were challenged to improve the country’s situation. Lopez provided an enlightening personal account and offered insight into the hardships of labor unions, gaining unreasonably low profits, and dealing with the brutalities of a corrupt government administration. Venezuela argued that while its government does foster the right of peaceful protest, the labor unions have conspired to violently overthrow the government. Lopez left and debate boomed as Spain suggested that veto powers of the P5 be taken away to allow conflicts to be resolved in a swifter manner.
Later that night, DPC recorded a Security Council debate addressing “Protracted Social Conflict: Yemen, Turkey, and Palestine/Israel,” as violence based on racial, religious, and cultural hostility puts human lives and stability of countries at risk. France proposed that different groups move from areas containing conflicting groups, that aid be contributed for personal and societal protection, and that as a last resort, the military be utilized. Questions ranged from how realistic the resolution was to how much humanitarian aid should be given and the debate continued extensively for this topic.
Early on Monday morning at 1:30 AM, the Security Council delegates were summoned for an emergency crisis. The crisis involved ISIS attacks on France and demanded that the delegates find solutions to combat terrorism. Amongst the speakers were the United States, who suggested that attacks be dealt with internally, but in a response to a question from China, the US declared that it would still welcome refugees. France, the impacted nation of this crisis, explained the effectiveness of military action and national emergencies. SHSMUN appreciates the dedication and drive that the Security Council delegates have shown. No matter how difficult their work is, the Security Council has taught us that it’s better safe than sorry!