Provision of Aid or an Excuse for Domination?

The discourse in the second conclave of UNESCO, on Friday, August 30, 2019 comprised of a fruitful debate as well as a superficial dissent. The delegates ultimately embraced their prerogatives as representatives of sovereign nations and shed light on the agenda. Additionally, the delegates commenced the session by engaging in intricate discussions concerning the imputations of providing different types of aid to Middle Eastern countries for the restoration and preservation of monuments. Moreover, the implication of absolving countries of debt was mulled over, wherein the delegate of Hungary accusatively remarked that “first-world countries tend to use the provision of aid to pull favours from under-developed countries.” 

Whilst the unmoderated caucus, the delegates displayed a flair for the dramatic, engaging into a scandalous discourse and making decisions based on superficial foundations. Pointing a finger at the delegate of the United Kingdom, the delegate of Kuwait exclaimed, “We don’t want your aid!” In addition, the delegate of Israel was caught red-handed while attempting to bribe the delegate of the Russian Federation; similarly, the delegate initiated hostile interactions with various nations in the name of lobbying. Amidst the debate and bribery, the delegates of Morocco and Lebanon resumed discussions with respect to the abuse of financial aid. 

Subsequently, as the committee proceedings progressed, the delegates produced working papers whilst collaborating with their respective blocks. The presentation of Working Paper 1 evoked harsh commentary from certain delegates : “You brought this upon yourselves and now you expect us to help you?” strongly questioned the delegate of the United Kingdom. The implication of this audacious affirmation shook the committee to its core making the delegates doubt the legitimacy of the United Kingdom’s offer : to aid the restoration and protection of monuments and structures. It also unveiled the history of colonization embedded in the past, by these nations who now seem eager to help. Thus, bringing into question the morals and virtues of nations like the United Kingdom; “the lack of a law does not determine the foundation of ethics,” as stated by the delegate of Lebanon.

In conclusion, the delegates of UNESCO certainly explicated the linchpin of the agenda, thus affirming the committee’s potential to deduce practical and meaningful resolutions. Furthermore, it was apparent that the gap between the “first world countries” and those in the MENA region continued to increase and threatened the very foundation of the global alliances.

Reporter: Jiya Kathuria

Editor: Meharr Talwar