Summit Manipal ’16 : UNSC CTED
On Friday evening, the Conference Room in AB1 housed the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) for deliberations. The agenda for the evening was ‘Measures to Suppress and Criminalize All Forms of Support for Terrorist Organizations’. Delegates from thirteen nations showed up for this discussion. The chairperson presiding over this committee was Mr. Atamvir Singh Multani and the vice-chairperson for the evening was Mr. Archit Lohani. They took a lot of time and care to explain the minute rules and details of the MUN to all the candidates.
The topics being discussed were varied and thought provoking, like defining each country’s interpretation of terrorism, and the importance of peace and security. It was clear that the participants had done their homework as they were citing references from various UNSC Resolutions like the 2199 and the 1373. The first day of Summit Manipal’s UNSC saw active participation from the delegates of Palestine, India, Israel, and China, and it even had a few silent members like the representative of Australia. Speaking on the agenda, Mr. Atamvir Singh Multani, said that he found the topic to be ‘pertinent and important to today’s world.’ He said that for any terrorist organization to function they need liquidity and if we can ‘criminalize’ the support being provided to these organizations then we can manage to kill the hydra-headed monster.’ Mr. Multani, the chairperson for this committee, found the participation to be good and hoped that the delegates got better with each passing day of the MUN.
The deliberations on the second day were centered primarily on the funding of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), with multiple moderated caucuses being requested on topics pertaining to the same. The committee’s exchanges further intensified when the ongoing debate was suspended in order to introduce a crisis scenario that involved a hostage situation initiated by Palestine to attract global attention towards its concerns over Israel’s new defense installment, the ‘Iron Dome’. The evening saw active participation from most of the delegates present. Extremely well informed debates ensued over the validity of Palestine and Israel’s actions. More details about the crisis were introduced to the committee in the form of news updates, these brought with them additional information and restrictions for the delegates to work with. The crisis segment continued into the third day of the UNSC.
Multiple updates on the crisis further enhanced the intricacies of the deliberations. The delegates of Israel, Palestine, Canada, and Saudi Arabia made their presence felt as they actively participated in the discussions, providing their views and simultaneously adhering to the policies of the countries they were representing. Having handled the crisis, the committee moved on to its main agenda. The delegates were educated about the details of drafting resolutions after which the committee initiated an un-moderated caucus to brainstorm the two draft resolutions it was expected to produce.
“This has been one of the best committees in Summit Manipal” remarked Kalyan Srinivas, the Head of International Press.The 2016 edition of Summit Manipal’s UNSC CTED received plenty of praise for the well informed discussions that took place over the three days that it was held.