The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commenced the final session by discussing the possible solutions to the discrimination against the indigenous people in South eastern Asia. Additionally, they also delved into the use of funding provided to south eastern Countries- with the delegates of Swedish, Indonesian, and the USA dominating the floor.
Following the unmoderated caucus, a motion to discuss ways to assist the indigenous population was raised. The delegate pointed out that their nation “will do everything in our power to assist the indigenous,” hence raising doubts bearing in mind their country doesn’t acknowledge the indigenous population. Subsequently, the delegate of the United Kingdom captured the attention of the entire committee by pointing out that “the indigenous people should have equal property laws.”
Succeeding the moderated caucus, the committee’s two blocs start to discuss the final discussions and edit amendments to make it more cohesive. The argument between the entirety of bloc two and Indonesia’s delegate raised points to the whole committee, with each delegate providing insightful notions. The sponsors for the final draft resolution were the delegates of Croatia and Sweden.
Transcript of the Press Conference:
Kompas: Delegate of Indonesia, the government criminalizes the indigenous, and some citizens commit hate crimes. Isn’t that everything against everything you’ve said so far?
Delegate of Indonesia: As stated before, the government has taken multiple steps to stop this criminalization by providing equitable opportunities. However, it is difficult to change when it comes to the people alone due to the old traditions and views, which is why the delegate is pushing for educative measures to prevent this bias against the indigenous.
Kompas: Delegate of Germany, you mentioned that you experienced land loss during World War 2. Could you please explain the relevance of the point concerning the agenda?
Delegate of Germany: The delegate meant that due to this act of violence, the whole world suffered a significant loss, and Germany is one of the nations lost a lot of indigenous lands and people; it is one of the reasons that the United Nations was formed, to prevent any other such acts of violence from happening; thus it believes we need to stop the exploitation of Southeastern Asia.
Kompas: Delegate of the United States, yesterday you pointed out that countries exploit sea workers to harvest resources from the indigenous lands in Southeastern-Asia illegally; what is your government going to do about it?
Delegate of the United States: The United States feels no need to interfere in South East Asian affairs, as long as the US protects the rights of its indigenous population, which it already does, as seen in the multiple Indian Reservations across the country.
To conclude, the delegates interviewed provided adequate answers, albeit highly generalized ones. Although, it seems that the delegate of Germany doesn’t completely grasp the agenda at hand.