After the formation of a complete new, young and highly motivated MUNTUM Delegation, it was about time to raise the placards and be present at IsarMUN 2013 in Tutzing. From the 13th to the 15th December the conference took place at the modern Academy for Civic Education adjoining the beautiful lake Starnberg south of Munich.
After I have been in the Security Council the previous year, I chose to be the delegate of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland within the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to avoid another discussion on weapons of mass destruction and non-proliferation and facilitate economic and social growth by capacity building measures instead. With two topics to be put on the agenda, A: “Promoting Rule of Law to Facilitate Economic and Social Development” and B: “The Role of Males in Achieving Gender Equality and Women Empowerment”, the first arguments were exchanged, which led to a clear majority in favor of topic A, remaining the only topic for the entire weekend.
MUNTUM Delegation (left to right): Julius Kühn, Mark Brosig, Philipp Bechhaus, Niccolo Ciarlini, Simon Zhai
On the first session in the evening, all delegates somewhat threw their introduction speeches into the plenary, including me as traditional advocate of the Rule of Law. Unfortunately this one way communication was of no avail to find innovative and reasonable ideas to confront the problem of lacking consistent laws and regulation as well as the even more important execution and supervision of such legislations. It was only on the following day, that within structured moderated caucuses, the single positions became less vague, forming the basis for enduring working paper discussions and first written results. With these at hand, the plenary was increasingly aware of the two contradicting positions. The more western alliance, including the UK, plead for best-practice sharing approaches to implement the rule of law and enabling United Nations member states judiciary by enforcing them. On the other side, on the initiative of mainly Russia and China, countries stand for independence of home affairs.
The short lunch break gave the opportunity of unconditional exchange of arguments in the sunny surroundings of the academy, before returning to the shaded rooms where the heated insightful discussions continued. The Russian delegate was concerned about any resolution threatening state sovereignty at any level and raised his voice underlining the limited significance of any ECOSOC decisions, which was used as a key argument later by the western alliance to convince unassertive committee members to vote for their draft resolution on the next day. With two resolutions on the table on Sunday, the delegates had the choice to either vote for the retention of status quo or intensified research and countrywide implementation efforts of the Rule of Law.
After the last minute amendments, the debate was closed and ECOSOC plenary went into voting procedure, not agreeing on a vote clause by clause. Hence in the end it was this very resolution or no resolution at all. The placards went up, impossible to judge if the necessary simple majority had been reached. One vote was the tipping point in favor of the resolution of the western alliance. Thus the committee members left to the general assembly meeting with a resolution at hand, which was proudly shared within the final plenary session.
As the year before, IsarMUN was again packed with insightful, intensive discussion in accordance with the official rules of procedure. The young delegation successfully passed the first practical test and now is looking forward to EuroMUN 2014 in Maastricht, ready to further apply field-tested and proven diplomacy competencies in an even more international setting.