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The second morning session of the Model United Nations of Barcelona (C’MUN) began with a discussion on the establishment of a model of democracy on a universal level which, from the standpoint of 'soft law' in the public international law, is difficult to consider since it is much more difficult to establish a system of a universal democracy level set on the same principles.
Looking at this issue from a law point of view, the problem is that in this committee, where Islamic countries hold a significant numerical minority compared to that of western countries, there is often a large impact on equity of cultural values expressed in the resolution for which they work.
“Cultural values are the glasses in which we look , judge and decide on everything that concerns us”, Sonia Andolz, General Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on Alliance of Civilizations, Faculty Adviser told me. These biases can make it hard for us to take off those glasses and overcome how we may judge people based on our own cultural values. We need to play our part in reaching and understanding other civilizations and cultures.
As I was saying, this divide can be an impact on the game of majority vote within the Committee; if countries with Islamic culture are in minority compared to that of Western countries, it can become increasingly difficult for that assembly to issue a resolution in which there is an equal or equitable solution for both groups of cultures.
Thus, when working within committees like the GA ad Hoc Committee on the Alliance of Civilizations, it is overwhelmingly important to take off those ‘cultural’ glasses which can impede your ability. This tool is the only way to solve problems with a sense of equity and equality.
This Committee is the perfect place where a consensual force can be formed in order to allow the States to maintain healthy relationships and live together in peace.
Although the resolutions of this body are to compel states to reconcile and maintain their relationships, the general spirit of the committee however, is based on the firm belief that the unity and open dialog of states within the committee are its driving force.
Post-Conflict Reconciliation’ was the second topic of the Second session of this Model United Nations. The Committee raised the subject of post-conflict reconciliation after the first resolution was approved by the Alliance.
Establishing principles and anchor values to entrust the attainment of peace are the work of this Committee. Despite this, particular State interests hold weight in the process of relationship and consensus building of states.
What is the best instrument to mend fences between nations? Again we need to remove our ‘cultural’ glasses with this topic. While history is important, it should not impede on our decision making. We need to respect the positions and cultures held by countries that differ to ours. This will help us to maintain peace and reconciliation around the world, all the while, protecting our own culture and identity. It becomes clear that peace and respect of cultures go hand in hand.
This article was published in The Clarion, the official newspaper of CMUN , the Model United Nations of Barcelona. Read the other articles:
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