The COPUOS Committee received an interesting surprise today! A knowledge-hungry group of 7th graders from Avenor College wished to attend the Committee Session. Our delegates warmly welcomed them.
The Session’s first participant to take the floor was France, followed by USA and Indonesia, who proposed an unmoderated caucus, with the duration of 15 minutes, on the topic of a possible impact between an asteroid and the Earth – accepted. Moreover, Argentina responded by urging the states to react, with the delegation of USA following its example and Canada recognizing the previous speech.
In addition, Argentina stresses the fact that education is a key element in providing a secure framework in case of natural disaster. Parallel to this statement, France believes that technology is also important in such a situation and that “the best thing we can do is help each other”. Also, Japan explains that “cooperation is essential”.
“Our (the United Nations’) existing disaster response is more than capable to react to an extraterrestrial disaster”, were the words spoken by the delegation of Argentina. South Africa pointed out the fact that “we don’t have the means to protect all human kind”, the African continent being left out of the area of protection offered by the UN. Furthermore, the delegate proposes that the situation be remedied.
The discussions gravitated around the topic of meteorites and their possible (or not, we hope) collision with our planet. When faced with the proposal of implementing a new and secure infrastructure, made by Ukraine, the US delegate expressed the idea that “we can work what we have now!”. Is change so awful, USA?
However, China proposed a motion in order to establish how big the asteroid should be so that the UN would recognize it as a threat. I’m sorry, China, but a meteorite that comes crashing towards the Earth does not have to be the size of the one who killed the dinosaurs in order to be considered a threat, but I am just saying. Nevertheless, the delegation of France pointed out that a high-tech telescope is necessary if the United Nations desire to prevent extraterrestrial catastrophes, while Switzerland explained that a means of preventing and addressing such a problem is an international internet platform.
Oh no, it seems that quite a couple of countries have rallied against the US: China, Kazakhstan and India. “We are just peaceful. Maybe China could develop a military technology which would be disastrous for the USA. You have to be transparent everywhere”, came the United States delegate’s reply. Be careful, America, you need allies, not enemies.
By Oana Ghiocea