The Big O: Country Block Gains Support in UNDP

By EMILY C. SCHEPPEGRELL, Times of India

A block with an unusual acronym has gained popularity in the United Nations Development Programme throughout today’s debate. This block, including South Africa, China, Japan, Korea, Antigua Barbuda, the Russian Federation, and more is based upon the creation of a program called The Office for Responsible Governance in Health, Aid, Security, and Mitigation, or ORGAN for short. “ORGAN seeks a public, private, secure partnership towards both bridging a gap that is becoming very prominent between developed and developing countries,” a sponsor stated before the committee. ORGAN plans to work with organizations like the World Health Organization to create a system that is more inclusive and tolerant. ORGAN wishes to respect sovereignty of individual nations while also saving lives and furthering safety globally. “We are a sub-agency of the UNDP responsible for coordinating public, private health sector research,” another advocate explained.

ORGAN, if enacted, plans to submit a yearly report on the current state of health to administrators. Additionally, ORGAN is creating a pool in which voluntary nations would contribute money to a fund that would go towards alleviating medical emergencies. The nations in charge of contributing would be volunteers; no one would be required to donate to the fund. ORGAN looks to solve a variety of issues, including environmental regulation. ORGAN has specific ideas to look into carbon tax schemes and work to further environmental advancements. Another issue ORGAN covers is food and nutrition security. Participating nations encourage focusing on food supply chains to identify contaminated products and ensure health and safety in consumers.

Other than gaining support from delegates in the committee, ORGAN has also gained the tentative support of the International Red Cross non-governmental organization. Yusuf Bulbulia, representative of the Red Cross, stated, “We’ve decided to provide resources to signatories and help with transportation of medication.” These resources include on-the-ground work, like volunteers, products, and other resources depending on the specific pandemic in a certain area.

ORGAN competes with at least three other blocks in UNDP, like RISE (Responsibilites, Incentive, Support, and Empowerment), The Council, and D2D (Developed to Developing). Despite the competition, ORGAN has finagled a large, vocal support from the committee, perhaps because of the humorous acronym. The delegation from Korea stated, followed by chuckles in the room, “The only way we can solve this problem is by coming together.”

 

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