By FRANCESCA TIRAVANTI, The Straits Times (opinion)
Working papers are a huge important part of the conference, since it is the first time delegates have a clear view of what other are trying to propose. These papers are the first insight into what will next be a Draft Resolution, the most important part of the debates and what delegates work everyday to accomplish. In the Special Summit on Sustainable Development, two of the 6 working papers captured my attention the most.
The first one is the Working Paper in the one that belongs to the T.E.A block. They are trying to implement an “information system for swift communication of health alerts between international first response agencies and civilians”. This needs a requirement of SMS tech that will provide location and other kind of information for the people to receive it.
Besides that, they are trying and amend to financial restraints that will be funded by the WHO budget and to develop organizations-wide resources mobilization in financial or even non-financial contributions. An advance health care that will suggest nations a university partnership program to sponsor higher education in health crises. The delegate of United Kingdom said when asked about the funding of their programs, that “the IMF and WHO would help us to fund the programs proposed in our Working Paper, and furthermore The United Kingdom and other nations from the block would also have a significant contribution to avoid any kind of fraud”.
Furthermore, the Working Paper by the P.I.E block also address important issues. First looking for a alternative way to make up for the lack of monetary contribution and to use modern technology in rolling back epidemics. Also, encourages different practices to expand the access to technologies to create a healthcare telecom infrastructure. There were many questions regarding this paper. The delegate of Mexico asked how that the plan for government’s apply to non-democratic governments? She answered by the delegate from Russia, saying that “PIE is working towards being a really inclusive working paper and by no means want to impose democracy, but we should want to achieve the ideas of democracy since they have seemed to work throughout years.”
However they do have a kind of strange clause. “Affirms international assistance shall preferably be channeled through government bodies in order to strengthen state institutions”. It seems that they are trying to give the government the spotlight, which it is incredibly right, but the international assistance they speak about should be reformed and better proposed in order to fit every country’s needs especially those with urgent necessity.
The delegates from the Sustainable Development committee.