CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

UN to to explore economic, political potential of Indian Ocean, Arctic Sea

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By Maya Navarro, The Chronicle

Delegates are preparing to address a host of issues in the Indian Ocean and Arctic Sea.

“The Indian Ocean and Arctic Ocean, in particular, hold an immense amount of potential for the development of new markets and access to more resources,” said the commerce minister of the People’s Republic of China. “The cabinet of the People’s Republic of China hopes to work with other nations in order to tap into these regions filled with such potential in the most efficient and peaceful manner possible.” 

Goals of economic expansion as proposed by the Chinese cabinet can be applied to the other cabinets that are meeting at this conference. One such cabinet is the German cabinet, with one of their topics specifically focusing on maritime affairs.

“Many of the cabinets have already attempted to exact political control over the regions surrounding the Arctic Sea and Indian Ocean, especially considering these regions are not necessarily known to have the means and the infrastructure that more developed nations possess,” said the federal minister for economic cooperation and development of the Federal Republic of Germany. “While the cabinets in these next committee sessions will all try to assert their own dominance above the rest in these vulnerable areas to conflict, the nations of the world all must come together to create some semblance of cooperation in an effort to minimize the inevitable tension that will form as a result of developing these areas to be more economically efficient.”

Unlike these cabinets that intend to incorporate the Indian Ocean and Arctic Sea into expanding their international markets, massive U.N. bodies such as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) are planning to examine these bodies of water with more of a political approach.

“Although the refugees that are present within the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s borders have not used the surrounding bodies of water as their primary source of transportation into the nation, Pakistan recognizes that this ‘new’ wave of refugees into the geopolitical sphere have relied on the Indian Ocean and other massive bodies of water to achieve political asylum,” said the representative of Pakistan to the UNHRC. “Addressing how to ensure the safety of these refugees, especially considering the turbulent conditions they may face in the presence of climate change, must be an aspect to the refugee crisis that the UNHRC must address during the committee session.”

A representative of Mongolia to the UNHRC also addressed the issue of refugees as it relates to bodies of water.

“Seeing as the topic of refugees is often addressed within the UNHRC, the body, while in committee, should focus on building comprehensive solutions regarding this crisis,” said the representative of Mongolia to the UNHRC. “Possible resolutions with clauses addressing those massive bodies of water and how to properly use them to safely transport refugees will be extremely important for the committee to draft.”

Various nations and committees will hopefully attempt to expand upon the potential these regions present in the coming days, as, at the time of writing, these legislative bodies have not yet convened.