Today is an important day for BISMUN Conference in the ECOSOC committee. The debaters are advancing with the discussions in order to reach consensus, while trying to increase their level of implication and debating the most important issues related to the first main topic: reducing disaster risks on areas affected by natural hazards.
The delegates share their hope for a great collaboration. The main idea of the debate is that all the delegates show their interest to cooperate in order to discover efficient solutions. The debaters shared a large variety of proposals and presented different points of view.
The discussion started with the topic of poverty and inequalities in the society and how disasters are connected to them. In this direction, Switzerland states that poverty is the route of this major problem which affects our international community and which is represented by the first SDG: No Poverty. The delegation of United Kingdom took a strong position by saying that they have to take into consideration two parts: firstly, the social one which refers to saving and helping the people and secondly, the economic one which implies the idea of enabling the people to live well in a safe environment. Sudan proposes the collaboration between the regional administrative governments and the national organs in order to aid the communities which are vulnerable. France, UK, Switzerland, Sudan and Japan have agreed on the importance of a sustainable education system which can only be accomplished with international funds. According to them, the people will be prepared in the eventuality of a natural hazard and they will know how to react on a bigger scale, minimizing the losses.
The second topic was represented by the measures for accomplishing functional public services during natural hazards which was strongly approached by Greece and France. The delegate of Greece states: “Poverty and disasters revolve around a vicious circle. The key to break the circle is economic development.” Therefore, he proposes to divide the country in multiple regions because every region has different needs regarding the different frequencies of the natural hazards. Meanwhile, the delegate of UK claims: “Panic is the issue. Therefore, education is a key point to address, because the people have to be well trained and clearly guided.”
France goes further by proposing the training of the personnel in health and teaching establishments and is sustained by Germany and Switzerland. Sudan and Sweden have some specific motions: early warning systems in order to lower the problems during natural hazards (Sudan) and an international database with effective planning for emergencies and with methods of preventing natural hazards.
For the ending of the first part, there was an unmoderated caucus with the main purpose of continuing previous discussions and to add new resolutions with the supreme goal of writing the final working paper. The delegations are deeply engaged into discussions and are working together in order to offer sustainable solutions for the issues debated this morning.
By Andreea Mazga, ECOSOC Press Officer