The United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) was taken aback by the Mine Explosion Crisis occurred amidst the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with 57 people injured, as announced by Secretary General Mikaela Perez, on day two of the conference, July 13, 2017.
Already plagued by conflicts between developed and developing states with regard to the chosen agenda, the 64 person council failed to pass a resolution within the 30-minute time frame, which ultimately led to Israel firing a missile at the Palestinian Government Headquarters.
The initial divide among Member States arose in the committee. It was eventually resolved through the assurances of delegates of the Finland, Brazil, Denmark, Japan, and Sierra Leone, who reminding the body that opting for inclusivity, peace, collaborative efforts, and a human centric perspective anchored on developing medicine and technology should be the primary focus of the resolution to be voted on the third day of the conference.
After several unmoderated caucus on both days of the conference, the committee was able to form four working groups with the delegates of Singapore and Ukraine heading group one, the delegates of Guatemala, the Czech Republic, and Costa Rica heading group two, the delegate of Saint Lucia as the head of working group three, and finally the delegate of Sierra Leone taking charge of working group four.
It is expected that the third day of the SPECPOL committee sessions will be characterized by a transition to a voting bloc during the afternoon sessions as the morning will focus on the discussion and finalization of draft resolutions.
Written by: Ish Dargani, 19th BenildeMUN World Press
Photos by: Ryan Feliciano, 19th BenildeMUN World Press