The UNHRC, a difficult but successful merging process

Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Council was just starting to discuss merging six working papers dealing with Child Trafficking. According to working paper 1.1, one promising solution was “the implementation of education, economic infrastructures employing multilateral collaboration of various nations, […] and raising awareness”.

Once all working papers were read and presented, delegates started arguing on how they could merge these papers in order to reach a final draft resolution. For instance, the Russian Federation strongly believed that the first, fourth and fifth working papers had similar strengths and weaknesses, and that combining them would make them more significant and efficient. Those three working papers aimed to both prevent child abuse and reintegrate victims in conflict zones. Furthermore, the fourth working paper explicitly stated the causes of human trafficking, such as “Gender-based discrimination”, and ” Violence against women”.

On the other hand, Australia incited the other countries to read its working paper (1.1), saying that, if combined with the 1.3 working paper, that one would become much more specific.

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“supporters of the 10 Point Plan (left) and of the Unity Pact (right)”

Eventually, after long hours of debate, all countries chose to merge the first, third and sixth working papers into the 10 Point Plan draft resolution, and the second, fourth and fifth working papers, into The Unity Pact. On the one hand, Serbia was in favor of The Unity Pact, as it “provides comprehensive and realistic solutions addressing education”. It emphasizes on improving the pre-existing organizations rather than creating new bodies. On the other hand, countries like Georgian delegate was convinced that The 10 point plan was much more comprehensive, solving the problem at its roots. That is to say education, rehabilitation and awareness”.

This way, the committee finally reached an agreement, taking a step forward in the writing of the draft resolution.

The Times of India.

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