The forth day started with the amendment of the USA, which promotes the Joint Space Operations Center (JSPOC) as a space agency. Nevertheless, Cuba disagreed with USA’s position due to the fact that JSPOC is not an international independent organization, but mainly an American agency. In the end, the delegates successfully adopted the first resolution with the mentioned amendment.
The debate that started next was concentrated on the second topic, ” UN Electoral Assistance in Developing Democracies”. In this respect, Italy’s point of view was based on common consensus. Electoral assistance must be implemented only with the agreement of the country under discussion. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia pleaded for no interference in the internal affairs of each country and respect for their sovereign authority. All the delegates highlighted the importance of maintaining a democratic system which respects human rights.
In addition, Kazakhstan, Cuba and USA were on the same page when it came to defining developing countries. The delegate of India fully appreciated the efforts of all nations in staying together for a common goal, but considered that a more active debate would benefit the entire session. Moreover, India felt disappointed that many delegates did not stand for any initiative, despite the fact that many nations should be interested in the electoral system and in establishing criteria for electoral systems. In relation to this, India stated that economic power and industrial capacity should not be criteria in defining a developing country as China and Kazakhstan claimed. Preventing fraud should be the main purpose of electoral assistance.
In conclusion, yesterday brought very satisfying results. Maintaining democracy remains a political concern that the international community must tackle. Effectiveness and transparency of the electoral system is a step forward in keeping democracy to a high standard. As Theodore Roosevelt said” “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”