Welcome note by the Head of SPECPOL

One of the essentials of the General Assembly, the Special Political and Decolonization committee, will be discussing the topics of the political destabilization of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the political situation of Maldives – two extremely important political crises in the world today. The political destabilization of the GCC refers to the instability of the Gulf Cooperation Council due to its expulsion of Qatar. Since June 2017, Qatar, a significant part of the GCC, was expunged after Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Egypt accused Qatar of funding terrorist groups. Due to the removal of Qatar, the Gulf Cooperation Council became unstable. The political situation of Maldives refers to its state of emergency as the president of Maldives imprisoned the previous president as well as members of the opposing party who could impeach him. The president of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen decided to call for a state of emergency when he closed the parliament and arrested two sitting judges amongst other members of the opposition who could force him to step down from power. This year for the GSMUN, the SPECPOL is looking forward to heated and fierce debates which will bring about solutions that will be applicable to real-world situations. It will also look forward to the delegates refining their strategies on these world issues as well as their individual argumentative skills by providing them exposure to the same. The committee is determined to strive and solve world issues which prevail and dominate our planet.

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Day 1

Committee Session

It was customary at the beginning of the session for each delegate to come up to the podium and give a speech on the respective countries they represented. The delegates presented their countries proudly and confidently, sure of their facts and statistics. The first resolution was based on the political issue in the Maldives and its impacts. This was presented by the delegate of United Kingdom but was not approved of by the committee. Most of the delegates went firmly against the resolution presented and the debates were heated.  The head of the committee took charge. The committee then moved on to suggesting amendments to be made to the resolution. Each delegate had his/her own varied perspective on the topic and as it was the first day of GSMUN, the session was full of life and energy. The delegates of Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and the United States of America were locked in a tussle between themselves which was informative; even without the constant shifting of chairs, they were requested not to “cross-talk” numerous times. The debate progressed and continued for a long time but not long enough for the delegates of Maldives and the United States and the United Kingdom as they debated against each other, countering every point stated by the other. The whole committee contradicted the resolution and the state of this resolution’s fate on the political issue in the Maldives will be definite by sunset tomorrow.

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Day 2

Committe Session

The debate piloted, and the Operative Clauses were amended, the Delegate of UK started to lose hope on his resolution but with clear majority going ‘for’ the resolution the resolution PASSED. Maldives Resolution: The debate on the second resolution of the committee presented by the delegate of Maldives started. The resolution was based again on the political issue in Maldives, but it seemed as if the delegate of Maldives went against its own existing government! But the co-submitters along with the support of the other countries which went for the resolution presented the delegate of Maldives did try to defend themselves but as the UN Representatives took their seats, the debate took a turn and went in the direction of the countries against the resolution due which it lead to an informal argument. As the amendments took place, the committee was biased as it looked as if each amendment was going to fail nevertheless the first few did pass with a good majority. And overall by the end of the voting session for and against the resolution it was clearly shown with the plaque-cards which were hovering high, the resolution initially did pass but as the resolution was against its own president or the current government in its state, it was neither passed nor failed and the decision taken by the Secretary General was acknowledged by the whole of SPECPOL.

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Day 3

Committee Sessison

Lieutenant General Amrik Singh, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal was commissioned into 6 KUMAON of the Indian Army on 09 June 1979. He is an alumnus of St Xavier School, Ranchi, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indan Military Academy, Dehradun. The General holds master of Science (Defence Studies) and Master of Philosophy degrees. He has attended all prestigious courses in the Army with distinction. His varied military career has seen him hold various commands, staff and instructional appointments. He has had the privilege to serve in all operational environments that our nation has to offer. From insurgency in J & K to the deserts of Rajasthan, from the jungles of the north east to Naxalite affected areas, the General has been instrumental in raising the operational threshold of his command. The General Officer during his illustrious career, having served in all operational environments in the country, has been decorated with Ati Vishisht Seva Meda, Sena Medal and Commendation Cards by the Chief of Army Staff and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for his contribution in operations and meritorious services of an exemplary order. The General has contributed extensively in the fields of education and towards reskilling and reemployment of soldiers. The General is an environmentalist by nature, an outdoor person and a keen sportsman.The General Officer is happily married to Mrs Balvinder Kaur. They have two sons, Pranit (32 years) and Jasnit (29 years). Pranit is Director Global Programming with Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Jasnit is a Captain flying for Indigo Airlines. Mrs Balvinder Kaur holds a Master’s degree and is an educator. She has worked extensively in the fields of child and women empowerment and health awareness, she being a teacher and a counsellor. She was pivotal in raising a school for children and setting up a vocational training centre in the border town of Dharchula and at Lucknow. Her model for the revamped vocational training centre was adopted as a baseline model by the higher formation. She has also been associated with raising of Army Skill Development Centre at Kolkata for families and their dependents. This centre is affiliated to PMKVY Scheme of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. She is fond of travelling. Her interests include listening to religious and light music and promoting health awareness.

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