ECOSOC

Rumor has it that in ECOSOC South Africa is the king of sacrasm: he commented on Russia deploying 5 carriers in the Baltic Sea, commenting on it with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about the things that matter. Here Russia, you are silent.”

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Rumor has it that the ecosoc delegate of Chile had several identities yesterday in order to get some free drinks.

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It has been said, that the ECOSOC delegate of Belarus kept creeping on the delegates of Denmark, Sweden and Austria in the lunchqueue. The three delegates were terrified. The diplomatic relations might be slightly distressed now.

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Future of world economic success – ECOSOC

Posing the question of which strategy would actually work, delegates in the ECOSOC seem to split into two parties.
The main question is whether the future of world economic success lies in the growth of small and medium firms, or in the continuation of large corporations dominating the world market.

Russian Federation argues that in order to resolve one of the problems of this committee, big businesses are the answer to future economic prosperity. The delegate pointed out that large corporations are neglected in the resolution of Ghana and its allies.

Ghana continues to focus on internal developments and the thought that if long-term globalization would finally start to work correctly with LEDCs, they might become self-sufficient more easily. It is a fact that Transnational Corporations (TNCs) exploit the developing world, take the profit, create toxic dependencies for the aim of manipulating the vulnerable countries. Ghana has great concern about the lack of awareness of this aspect and therefore continues to be persistent in his argument.

However, as the delegate of China has pointed out, Africa is rapidly expanding socially and economically, and it is important to allow proper growth to take place. In addition, this strategy is supported by Germany and the French Republic, all understanding how essential LEDCs are.

[ECOSOC] Interview with the Delegate of Ghana

_MG_9411.JPGFinancial integration, a global issue affecting individual lives, is viewed differently by contrasting parts of the world. Despite the growing interconnection, one side has more power, and more say, compared to the other. Yet some countries, in particularly Ghana, know how to stand strongly for their national interests.

Although an LEDC, or how the delegate of China called it “underdeveloped,” the delegate of Ghana has shown great enthusiasm in aiming to find a solution to the issues with financial integration. In the same manner, he strongly defended the importance of being called a ‘developing” country, straight away creating a sense of respect.

 

During the unmoderated caucus, delegate of US has offered a large firm to be the financial “father.” However, that could indicate the unspoken exploitation, where benefits would go elsewhere but Ghana. As an argument, Ghana highlighted the growth of local IT companies, where US seemed to be neglectful of this proposal and pushed for international companies, for the reason of them just simply being bigger and more established. Yet, Ghana believes in its own strengths too.

However, it is still a prominent country in the Western Africa, and it still has multiple possibilities. It is time for an LEDC to place a word in the upcoming global transformations.

ECOSOC expert talk

_MG_9470Travelling all the way from Max Weber Institute of Sociology at the Heidelberg University,  Julian Klinkhammer came with a talk which directly appealed to one of the issues not yet discussed: “Improving Measures against Corruption on the International and Local Level.”

Starting with a clear overview, the speech focused on 3 subjects:

  • Corruption on International Level
  • Measures on International, Organisational and Local levels
  • Conclusions for the fight against corruption

Based on the presented demographics, it was clear how USA, Australia and Europe have the least levels of corruption as opposed to places such as Russia or African states. What the expert aimed to portray is the very questions that sociologists ask themselves in order to not only understand, but to find a solution for this problem in both private and public sectors.

While the expert couldn’t present the exact solutions which would solve the problem once and for all, he did share several ideas with the delegates. There, he highlighted the problems in already existing strategies, such as self-regulation being insufficient and compared criminal law to heavy artillery in corporate activities.

While different approaches were explained for different types of corruption, in the end some tactics are highlighted as general solutions. There should be increased controlling and enforcement actions, changes in corrupt cultures and the role of NGOs such as watchdogs. These 3 definitely shape the principle solutions, which acted as an educational presentation for the fellow delegates.