Survival Solutions

The first committee session of UNHRC on day two began with the General Speakers’ List (GSL). The point of focus for the committee was finding solutions for the human rights violations against women and children in Nigeria.

During the GSL, the delegate of South Africa suggested setting up an external government with representatives from different countries who would ensure that funds provided to Nigeria are not misused. The delegate of Iraq raised a concern regarding the welfare of countries besides Nigeria. He urged the committee to not lose focus of their own countries’ welfare by placing too much focus upon Nigeria. The delegates of the United Kingdom and Italy predominantly focused upon creating work opportunities for women and raising awareness about violations of human rights. The delegate of Denmark remarked, “The creation of new rules will have no positive impact on Nigeria, unless the current rules are strictly implemented.”

An unmoderated caucus was requested by the delegates in order to develop their working papers. The delegates worked in their respective blocks, forming three separate working papers, which were shared with the executive board at the end of the unmoderated caucus. The first working paper (working paper 1.0) contained 25 points and was authored by four delegates (the delegate of the United Kingdom, India, Ukraine and Iceland). The second working paper (working paper 2.0) was authored by five delegates (the delegate of Spain, Italy, Afghanistan, Australia and Denmark). The third working paper (working paper 3.0) was authored by the African block (delegate of Nigeria, Iraq, Bangladesh, Qatar and South Africa). Working paper 2.0 was passed by the committee and will be discussed in further sessions.

Reporter: Rabhya Nanda, Tehran Times

Editor: Eesha Mathur