The Special Political Committee got off to a strong start, where 22 delegates are dealing with the privatization of military. The opening of the session, characterized by the initial distribution of placards, saw Chair Nandita Vegesna entertain a motion to begin debate and open the speakers list, an opportunity at which nearly all 22 delegates impressively jumped for. The delegations of China and Russia were the first to occupy the floor and speak about subtopics such as their condemnation of human rights atrocities committed beneath the cover of military privatization and their countries’ preexisting policies.
Despite it being many of the delegates’ first time at a Model United Nations conference, the novices did an impressive job with yielding the remainder of their speaking time for hard-hitting questions from committee-members, taking on the challenge with admirable composure. Though flooded with strong, well-crafted assertions of various countries’ interests on both sides of the issue, each delegate possessed the open-mindedness and the flexibility to forge appropriate alliances, both while they had the floor and during the productive unmoderated caucus that followed. In fact, several of the participants spoke so fast in their eagerness to project the pertinent information that they ended up arrived at a grinding halt!
Judging merely from the first half-hour, it’s clear that there’s a lot of promise for these delegates. There is no doubt that all of them - regardless of if they are experienced or novices - will go on to make an impact, whether at the upcoming state conference in April or in any other future endeavor they take on.