The Straits Times
“We cannot and should not stop people from migration. We have to give them a better life at home. Migration is a process, not a problem” William L. Swing
Once the merging process was over in the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee, all countries found themselves arguing and debating on the strengths and weaknesses of the many drafts of resolutions that have been proposed.
Actually, it is really breathtaking and flabbergasting to see how 193 countries are reunited, all together, working hand in hand, in order to find a solution for this serious problem.
Even though each delegation looks for her personal interest, they all agreed and stood against the same controversial issue : migration-related xenophobia, racism, and violence.
Actually, we were strongly astonished by the unexpected alliance between countries such as Iran and The United States that were considered as enemies thus far.
But sometimes, the debate got tense and violent in a certain way. Donald Trump and The United States have been attacked more that once since they haven’t treated conflict concerning migrants in the same manner.
Nevertheless, these alternatives adopted by the delegations are quite utopian. Indeed, many pertinent solutions have been proposed, but most of them are not realistic and cannot be applied in countries where migrants are constantly victims of the society. In fact, France, South Africa or Nigeria have serious issues in the society where migrants are persecuted and exposed to economic discrimination. In some cases and in particular countries in Africa, such as Libya, migrants are victims of slavery, migrants are abused, migrants are facing the omnipresent risk of human trafficking. In order to find an ideal resolution that can satisfy the maximum of countries, delegates discussed the majority of the solutions that have been proposed. Therefore, during the first un-mod, many blocks merged with a main goal which is to find specific and realistic solutions that every country can put in order.
For many hours, the committee has been divided into many groups that couldn’t just find a common ground to work on.
But, finally, after long hours of debate, the tension between the different emergent blocks started to disappear.
Thus, three main blocks appeared miraculously when they have reached an agreement threw negotiations.
On one hand, we have « the HEART integration draft resolution » that covers 83 signatories.
On the other one, we have « Here today for a better tomorrow » with 73 signatories.
Last but not least, the « one hope with open arms » contains 57 signatories.
After the amendment process, the resolutions globally suited all countries’ policies. Even if, in the beginning of the debate, the delegations were not ready to collaborate.
The time for the vote came, and the tension was at its highest level…
The HEART resolution directed by Russia has been chosen, and its main values are :
- Humanitarian Crisis and Hate Crimes,
- Education, and Economic Empowerment of Migrants,
- Assistance to Migrants in Need,
- Reviewing National Priorities,
- Terrorism and Security of Migrants.
To cut a long story short, the SOCHUM Committee has been going through a lot : tension, laughs, arguments, anger, stress.But it has finally found, its own path to a better world and a humanitarian solution.
And, as Jan Eliasson said: “Without peace there is no development, and without development there is no peace.”