The West – benefactor or beneficiary: Nations of this free world must stand up to this 1st world exploitor and bully: UNSC

By Lynus Chor, Xinhua News Agency

Delegate of Germany reiterating his stance on R2P reforms
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Council Divides Itself Along Economic Lines One Last Time: ECOSOC

By Chua Yanxin, Al Jazeera English

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Image 1: A drought in Zimbabwe reduced water levels greatly last year. eNCA

With one final day of conference left, delegates from the Economic and Social Council convened to discuss the issue of freshwater overexploitation. And as delegates made their speeches, one thing was made clear: the classic divide between high-income, wealthy nations and developing countries would capture ECOSOC’s attention one last time.

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Smoke and Mirrors: ARF

By Dayrius Tay, Agence France-Presse

The final day of council dawned upon delegates of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), kicked off with an incoherent jumble of conflicting agendas. EU suggested discussing environmental protection and hoped to eventually hammer out a long-term plan to achieve this. Meanwhile, Myanmar preferred to debate on drug and human trafficking. In response, DPRK ironically condemned human trafficking as a gross violation of human rights, all while it incarcerates 200,000 of its own citizens for perceived political crimes. The debate eventually drifted towards terrorism, with Russia taking the bold step of admitting to sponsoring terrorism in the United States, to the disquiet of council, ostensibly due to threats on their leader Vladimir Putin. As part of a pivot away from a purely hard anti-terror strategy, Philippines expounded on the importance of soft measures against terrorism, taking a ground-up approach to deradicalizing and reintegrating radicals. He proposed forming rehabilitation groups run by NGOs to supplement this effort. As the topic of discussion swung towards maritime security, Vietnam weighed in by suggesting having artificial intelligence perform large scale surveillance of suspicious vessels, along with transnational patrols. When asked whether having foreign military vessels in national waters constitutes an infringement of sovereignty, the typically fiercely territorial Indonesia uncharacteristically played down the significance of this problem by pointing out that the economic benefits from curbing illegal fishing and piracy eclipses the issue of sovereignty.

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The Flawed Stance of MEDCs in Water Sustainability: ECOSOC

By Poh Zhi Nan, Al Jazeera (English)

After today’s press conference, the Delegates have not clearly addressed the crux of this issue. Specifically, on the Delegate of Brazil, when being questioned about its intent to help LDCs, only flaunted on the achievement that they have the “world’s most freshwater supply”. Does that sweeping statement even cater to the basic needs of the other millions of people in LDCs such as Yemen? Even Brazil cannot save itself due to its prominent water crisis, endangering 5 million people (especially those living in rural areas like Sao Paulo) with a lack of clean water supply.

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