The first chapter of the ample book, by its name BISMUN, has just begun with a quite tensioned atmosphere at the ECOSOC committee. The delegates proved to be very active when it came to sharing the opinion of the countries which they are representing. The positions presented during the morning session were various. We heard delegates who treated the subject from an economical perspective, while others paid more attention to the social context.
Therefore, the delegates are ready to discuss and solve some of the most important problems proposed by the ECOSOC committee, in the global context: reducing the high risk of natural hazards and assuring the sustainable development in post conflict areas.
The conference started with the topic of prevention the natural hazards. Switzerland, Japan, France and UK agreed about the true value of an international cooperation in order to find the most beneficial solutions and to minimize the risks of these disasters, as they cannot be fully avoided. They also sustain the importance of teaching their people how to react in case of natural hazards emergencies. On the other hand, the delegate of Sudan states that this country has a low and unclear distribution of roads and no partnerships in order to develop a sustainable development. Therefore, he says that a system of prevention in partnership with other countries should be adopted.
The delegate of France brings in the discussion a very significant point concerning the construction of the buildings, by proposing a contest of architectural projects based on a sustainable development context. UK agrees by saying that this is a key point to address, while Japan proposes the replacement of the materials with more secure and sustainable ones. The Lebanon delegate dotted her i’s and crossed her t’s by saying that before investing in infrastructure and buildings, we have to invest in people!
The second topic discussed by the participants was the economic side of solving natural hazards. In this direction, Sudan proposed a single and common fund for all the countries with the same purpose. Therefore, it will be easier to manage and monitor the budget, by helping each other. The UK presents a shocking statistic: “Economically speaking, 1$ invested in resilient infrastructure has proven to be equal in efficiency to 7$ spent on response and recovery measures.” Switzerland returns with a realistic question: “We are talking about money in general. But what are the specific funds every country is willing to give?”
In order to make some conclusions of the first hours, we should say that this is a good ground for the upcoming debates. The debaters have passed the emotions from the beginning and now they are speaking freely and concise. This is an optimistic beginning and we are sure that the ECOSOC committee is going to have a promising debate.
By Andreea Mazga, The ECOSOC Committee Press Officer