Sheharyar Khan, Member of the Press Corps, interviews the Delegate of Brazil
The Neutral bloc’s role in facilitating talks over the ongoing crisis — water and food scarcity, imminent threat of World War III, debris approaching planet Earth — cannot be ignored.
However, lack of support, unwillingness of the P7 in considering the opinion of the temporary members and general discord among the nations makes it difficult for the bloc to prevent further turmoil.
Press Corps met up with the Brazilian delegate —who voices his opinion on behalf of the Neutral bloc in the Futuristic Security Council — to determine the next step in bringing the international community closer.
So, after a long day of heated debate, accusations and allegations, what areas does the Brazilian government feel requires immediate attention in the committee?
It is rather disappointing that the committee has been unable to reach a consensus on the credibility of the information present. Member states prolong issues, which are frankly speaking easily resolved, if certain countries would place more importance to the benefit of the planet instead of their own national interest.
Your government proposed the development of technology that would deflect the debris which is expected to collide with Earth in six months – is the timeframe realistic?
Brazil’s space program may not be as strong as other nations’, however, we strongly believe that if the international community cooperates and commits its energies and resources to deviate the debris’ trajectory path, it is indeed possible.
Assuming we are unable to deflect the debris, is Brazil open to the use of offensive means to destroy the oncoming mass, which also happens to be the same that the Chinese and Russian governments are seeking?
The government is proposing a three-step program: deflect, collect and destroy. If we cannot deflect the trajectory in a particular timeframe, yes, we are open to the destruction of the asteroid. However, any offensive step should consider the environmental fallout in space.
In that regard, what would Brazil’s specific contribution be?
Monetary. Having minimized the damages of the global recession that took place within the last decade, our economy can support such a decision. And besides, this is a testament to our humanitarian efforts. Politics come later.
Is a probe on Moon still warranted now that the Sino-Russia Mars base is no longer operational?
Yes. Our country does not advocate investigation into a matter just for the sake of de-escalation of current tensions. We feel that the international law must be upheld and countries found to be in breach must be held accountable for their actions, regardless of their international standing.
In conclusion, does humankind still have a chance to advance space exploration after the recent developments, and as such what parameters does your government propose to ensure such acts do not take place in the future?
Space exploration cannot be disregarded altogether since it is the logical transition for the entire human race. Not only do we face water scarcity, but our resources are running out. The sooner we allocate funds towards exploration the sooner we can ensure the survival of mankind. As far as parameter are concerned, amends to the existing Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects so that issues that we face today do not occur in the future. Stricter checks must also be undertaken by the international community so that possible nuclear development does not take place any further.