UNGA: The General Assembly’s General Issues

Ritul Madhukar of the New York Times reports on the commencement of the United Nations General Assembly

“Delegates, I believe what you say in the committee matters more than what you send through chits.” -Director Anindini Singh on the importance of active vocal participation in the UNGA.

General Assemblies are oft labeled as slow-paced committees, especially when compared to crisis committees. The delegates of the United Nations General Assembly at SMUN however, strived to prove that this stereotype is one held in error.

The zealous attitude of the delegates, combined with the authoritarian yet proficient Directors and Assistant Directors brought hope to the people caught in the hassles of the Middle-East and North African region. Then again, it is another matter altogether if this committee, with its competent members, is actually able to alleviate the suffering billions.

The Director, Anindini Singh was easily the standout of the committee, and probably the most formidable chair the delegates would ever have the (mis)fortune to come across. With her witty replies she kept the delegates on their feet and didn’t hold back when she wanted to convey a point. Isha Ahlawat, also the Director, seemed to be maintaining the equilibrium of the committee. She never said anything without a smile, even while addressing the mistakes of a delegate.

As for the delegates, they seemed to have forgotten one extremely important aspect of their committee – if they do not debate upon a topic in the committee, it cannot be included in their working papers or draft resolutions. The Dias had to remind the committee about the same – for in the second session itself, they debated on the solutions to the Palestinian issue; having covered all the dynamics of the Israel-Palestine region in the first place.

It is safe to say that this was sole shortcoming of the committee. The topics debated upon were relevant and the content was quite non-repetitive. However, there is much this committee is yet to cover – much more indeed. Unless and until the delegates debate upon what is both necessary and feasible, the hopes of the people may very well be crushed.

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