Committee: SOCIAL CULTURAL AND HUMANITARIAN COMMITTEE.
Session: Sub Saharan International Model United Nations.
Signatories: Burkina Faso, Chile, Nigeria
THE QUESTION OF CONTROLLING LAND-OUTSOURCING IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.
The General Assembly,
Deeply concerned about international land outsourcing, which in recent years has led to the lease or sale of 30 million acres of land in thirty African countries, [use commas to separate perambulatory clauses]
Recognizing that international land sourcing is the result of a rapidly growing world population causing increasing insecurity over current and future food supplies on the global food market
Viewing with appreciation the ongoing work of the World Bank to establish a voluntary set of principles for responsible international agricultural investments
Taking into consideration that food deficient countries are seeking new ways of securing their domestic requirements by leasing huge tracks of arable land with sufficient water resources at low prices mainly within sub-Saharan Africa
Realizing that international food corporations have joined importing countries in the search for cheap arable land in sub-Saharan Africa
Noting with grave concern that food is being exported from areas where malnourishment and deaths from lack of food are prevalent, with recent Food and Agriculture Organization FAO statistics showing that 10 million people in west Africa are facing a food crisis while 30 per cent of the sub Saharan population suffers from malnourishment and a further 3 million Africans die as a result of lack of food annually
Appreciating global investors’ interest in Africa but, simultaneously realizing that land outsourcing, in its current form, is not sustainable.
- Recommends that international investments should target productivity and technological improvements in existing African farming operations; [ use semi colons to separate operative clauses]
- Further recommends additional knowledge building in finance and technology for impoverished African communities as this can lead to:
- The combined promotion of African agriculture and food self-sufficiency, employment generation and increased standard of living, and enhanced rates of return on domestic and international investments in African agriculture;
- New and additional contributions by African nations to global food supply and a stabilization of global food reserves to the benefit of all nations;
- Suggests in order to achieve these goals, that international agricultural land transactions and acquisitions be made more transparent and respectful of local interests;
- Urges the establishment of a specialized department within the FAO to promote the required transparency in international agricultural land transactions and to monitor all future transactions;
- Calls upon international and national NGOs to contribute their experience, knowledge and knowhow regarding agricultural developing projects;
- Welcomes any further suggestions and amendments that will help strengthen this resolution. [End resolutions with a period]
SAMPLE POSITION PAPER
COMMITTEE: Committee 3 on Social, Cultural and Human Rights Issues
TOPIC: UNIVERSAL REALIZATION OF MATRIMONIAL AND ADOPTION RIGHTS OF THE LGBTQI COMMUNITY
Barbados strongly supports the theme of the conference that seeks to address global conflict, but we do not support LGBTQ rights as we feel it goes against both nature and our culture when people engage in such acts. Homosexual acts are illegal in our country and those found guilty carry a life sentence; however, the law is rarely enforced since we are a peace-loving state and acknowledge that everyone has a right to life hence no need for senseless bloodshed
In 2011 the Bajan government said it was investigating claims that some gay Bajans were seeking refugee status to Canada. The Bajan minister for Foreign Affairs, Maxine McClean stated a concern of the government at these applications attempting to secure refugee status in Canada since two of the nine applications to the Canadian government had already been denied and questions surround whether it is an attempt at abusing the refugee system to Canada.
The resident U.S. ambassador later commented to the local press that some of the other nations in region were among the highest number of such refugee applications to the United States, but he went on to say that the U.S. Embassy to Bridgetown had not yet reported any specific problems within Barbados to the U.S. State Department.
Barbados ultimately does not support LGBTQI rights, but we shall engage in the discussions and hopefully arrive at common ground
BARBADOS LETTER OF CREDENTIALS
I have the honour to certify that the representatives of Barbados to the 1st Session of the Sub Saharan International Model United Nations Conference will be:
Head of Delegation:
Harry Potter, Ambassador of Barbados
Members of Delegation
Hermoine Granger, Delegate of Barbados
Ron Weasley, Delegate of Barbados
The representatives are fully authorized to take part in the meetings; to transact all such matters as may appertain to their work, and to vote with other Representatives in accordance with the agreed procedure.
Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration
Prime Minister of Bahamas