Published: 22nd August 2017
35 students from St Joseph's College in Bengaluru send recommendations to United Nations Information Centre
The set of delegates for the Model United Nations discussed the demilitarization of the arctic circle for over six hours
It was a discussion that lasted over six hours. It was an intense one. Seated in a hall were a set of 35 delegates who spoke about the demilitarization of the arctic circle. At the end of it all, they also came up with a draft resolution.
All this was happening as a part of the Model United Nations by St Joseph's College.
"There were 35 delegates who were discussing about the issues and solutions regarding the same and in the evening, they finally came to a resolution which was voted upon and it was passed," says Mayukh Sen, Treasurer, SJC Students' Association.
There were 35 delegates who were discussing about the issues and solutions regarding the same and in the evening, they finally came to a resolution which was voted upon and it was passed
Mayukh Sen, Treasurer, SJC Student Association
Sen adds, "It was called Resolution 1.1 and it mentioned all the points and clauses for the demilitarization of the Arctic and it will be sent to the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan."
From equal division of territories to making the Artic a nuclear free zone, the recommendetions by the student community were plenty.
1. Strongly encourages the equal division of territory split between the five bordering arctic countries: The United States, Canada, Russia, Norway, and Denmark.
a. Each nation will claim the territory surrounding their borders
i. The remaining land will be distributed equally, each nation owning the same square miles of arctic territory.
2. Bearing in mind that the achievement of these goals will contribute to the realization of a just and equitable international economic order which takes into account the interests and needs of mankind as a whole and, in particular, the special interests and needs of developing countries, whether coastal or land-locked
3. Urges the idea of making the Arctic a nuclear free zone
4. Requests the countries to respect each other's sovereign territorial zones
5. Keeping in mind that the passage of a foreign ship shall be considered to be prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal state if in the territorial sea, it engages in any of the following activities:
(a) any threat or use of force against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of the coastal State, or in any other manner in violation of the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations
(b) any exercise or practice with weapons of any kind
(c) any act aimed at collecting information to the prejudice of the defence or security of the coastal State
(d) any act of propaganda aimed at affecting the defence or security of the coastal State
(e) the launching, landing or taking on board of any aircraft
(f) the launching, landing or taking on board of any military device
6. Noting the zone contiguous to its territorial sea, described as the contiguous zone, the coastal State may exercise the control necessary to:
(a) prevent infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea;
(b) punish infringement of the above laws and regulations committed within its territory or territorial sea.