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By Beatriz Gálvez
The second day of sessions started with the punishment for all those who arrived late to the Committee: the chairs decided that they had to dance a typical Spanish dance, ‘Sevillanas’, and a ‘reggeton’ song. It was a funny start.
Firstly, the debate was focused on the right of information and the disclosure of official documents. Most countries, such as the European Union (E.U.), asked the floor with the porpoise to achieve an unified definition of “national interest and security” and which topics are important. Algeria emphasized that the meaning of each concept, such as democracy and transparency, depend on the developed or developing countries in question. During the 15 minutes of un-moderated caucus, three blocks started to work together on 3 different working papers.
Russia, Brazil and South Korea launched the first working paper based on respecting national sovereignty; by reducing USA power and collaborating with countries in order to share information. Pakistan, Morocco, Algeria, Venezuela and Cuba underwent negotiations to develop the other paper focusing on avoiding interference of sovereignty and security of countries. Meanwhile Chile, USA, Estonia, UK, Japan, Italy and Germany agreed in a third working paper that included a concept which focused the fact that internet has to be responsible, accessible and public (RAP) .
During this un-moderated caucus, this reporter approached the observers. Human Rights Watch emphasized that it was important for the delegations to first take into account the Human Right and individual rights above the national interests.
In the middle of the session, the delegation of Saudi Arabia entered into the debate for being late which resulted in a punishment of dancing Peanut’s allergy rap. Saudi Arabia highlighted the need to minimize the power that the USA holds on data and give it to an international and impartial body. Venezuela concurred that some countries are ignoring the reality that the USA is using this data for their own personal interests and how Venezuela is one of their main targets. The delegation of the USA stood their ground and replied that Venezuela simply had no proof for such allegations. The three remained divided until the delegation of Brazil unified two papers who shared common points of sovereignty. This was welcomed by the two groups.
After, during a twice extended unmoderated caucus the floor finally presented their 2 working papers. At the time of publication, the delegations were still debating on the issue.
This article was published in The Clarion, the official newspaper of CMUN , the Model United Nations of Barcelona. Read the other articles: