Future Nuclear War Ahead?

The SPECPOL (Special, Political and Decolonization Committee) met one more time this Friday night to continue their discussion about colonization in of outer space.

Many developed countries agreed to send help to developing countries, especially in cases of asteroid extraction crises. The committee then propose colonizing other planets, developing a monetary fund and a new organization to control, and encouraging the privatization of space. Although working papers and speeches were made supporting these ideas, many delegations found the discussion on space colonization unfair on the part of developed countries because environmental concerns on Earth are more pressing.

“There are developing and colonized countries supporting imperialists counties when the topic is exploration and colonization of outer space, which is absurd. by doing this, they are ignoring our world and the sustainability of it. They are all just trying to find a ‘escape valve’ to all these problems and make profit over it”. The statement by the Equatorial Guinea represent the indignation of some delegates about some actions taking place in the committee. He also said that the developed countries are using the poorest ones to develop their own spatial race.

Bolivia, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa wish to found an international organization to regulate and inspect outer space exploration under international jurisdiction.

However, while these discussions were taking place, Donald J. Trump himself showed up in the committee room talking about the USA delegation plan of building a nuclear power plant on lunar land. He also declared that all the profits used in the construction, transportation and storage of the necessary materials will all be provided by particular enterprises. Giving that, at the end, the United States president mentioned that there was no need for the people to pay taxes or duties for these projects.

Yet the announcement generated turmoil and unease. some delegations claimed that the United States was trying to take nuclear weapons to the moon, infringing on UN laws. Others think that was at least disrespectful for a president to come to a committee to say the USA would not be paying for the program. A few groups are also afraid of facing a probable future nuclear war that can devastate both the Earth and the Moon territory.

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Well-Appraised Asteroids

The Special Political and Decolonization Committee is currently in a battle between developed and developing countries. This battle is currently being fought over colonization in outer space and space programs. While observing this committee, a new discovery involving asteroids was brought in, which complicated matters and heated this already intense debate.

A good number of developed nations, including the United States and the United Kingdom, are seen as having a monopoly over the space industry by smaller, developing nations. The delegation of India expressed, on behalf on developing nations that “developing nations don’t have funding for space programs” leading them, along with the delegations of Australia and Nauru, to form an alliance of sorts to establish an international body to regulate legislation and governing in space. This body would not only set new regulations as to the governing of space, but it would also aid itself to fairness on earth.

Currently, many small nations, including ones like Sierra Leone and Senegal, feel that simply being a smaller, developing nation should not mean they do not have a spot at the table in regards to space. “Being a poor country doesn’t mean we do not have a voice” stated Sierra Leone when speaking about this issue. Many if not most of these countries would like to develop their own space programs with their own independent space stations so as to compete and collaborate with already developed nations.

This discussion about the stratification between developing and developed nations was interrupted by a disclosure of information relative to asteroids and their value. An article was passed out to the delegations entitled “Research Shows Presence of Valuable Minerals on Asteroids Within Reach.” This article was written concerning a report created by the United States Air Force, NASA, and MIT’s Lincoln’s Laboratory as part of their Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research Project. This article touched on findings that magnesium silicate, platinum, and iron silicate have been found in asteroids that are within our reach. This article quoted Administrator Charlie Bolden of NASA expressing his congratulations to the team responsible for the discovery and saying “Perhaps, they could alter the course of human history.”  The article then called upon the United Nations to create a “level playing field” for both developing and developed nations to mine and use these newfound resources.

In response to this, nations reiterated their beliefs regarding the necessity for fairness between nations in the space community, along with addressing other concerns. Eritrea wanted to reiterate “the environmental aspect of future space exploration” and what we as nations should do to address the environmental concerns this discovery uncovers. Other countries, such as Norway, wanted to speak on the financial aspect of the discoveries saying “we should not sacrifice long-term achievement for short-term gain.” The delegations are still locked in the developing versus already developed nations debate and they are yet to solve the situation involving the well appraised asteroids.

Well-Appraised Asteroids

Developed and developing countries disagree on colonization and space programs in the Special Political and Decolonization Committee. The committee recently discovered new information involving asteroids was brought in, which complicated matters and created lively debate.

Many developed nations, including the United States and the United Kingdom, are viewed as having a monopoly over the space industry by smaller, developing nations. The delegation of India expressed that “developing nations don’t have funding for space programs” leading them, along with the delegations of Australia and Nauru, to form an alliance of sorts to establish an international body to regulate legislation and governing in space. This body would not only set new regulations as to the governing of space, but also attempt to increase equality in space governance.

Currently, many less economically developed nations, including Sierra Leone and Senegal, state that simply being a smaller, developing nation should not mean they do not have a spot at the table in regards to space. “Being a poor country doesn’t mean we do not have a voice” stated Sierra Leone when speaking about this issue. Many if not most of these countries would like to develop their own space programs with their own independent space stations so as to compete and collaborate with already developed nations.

This discussion about the stratification between developing and developed nations was interrupted by a disclosure of information relative to asteroids and their value. An article was passed out to the delegations entitled “Research Shows Presence of Valuable Minerals on Asteroids Within Reach.” This article was written concerning a report created by the United States Air Force, NASA, and MIT’s Lincoln’s Laboratory as part of their Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research Project. This article touched on findings that magnesium silicate, platinum, and iron silicate have been found in asteroids that are within our reach. This article quoted Administrator Charlie Bolden of NASA expressing his congratulations to the team responsible and saying “Perhaps, they could alter the course of human history.” The scientists who came and spoke to the committee The article then called upon the United Nations to create a “level playing field” for both developing and developed nations to mine and use these newfound resources

In response to this, nations reiterated their beliefs regarding the necessity for fairness between nations in the space community.

Welcome to HMUN 2017!

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