UNCTAD Discusses Supporting The Working Class In War-Torn Countries

By BCC at 1:39 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Towards the end of the second committee session, China proposed a Moderated Caucus on “Optimal Working Class Support.” Delegates discussed the most effective ways of assisting the working class, ensuring they have “food on the table,” and combating corruption by helping to implement a better distribution of wealth.

A common idea was that, yes, short-term relief is vital to staunch the flow of money coming from the bank accounts of the working class, but it is imperative to help “the working class build the economy by themselves,” as the delegate of South Korea noted.

The delegate of China suggested providing relief for small businesses and improving relationships between large corporations and local businesses, so that there would be less unfair competition between families who are struggling and those are well off and wouldn’t benefit from economic gain as much as small companies would.

At one point, Pakistan was struck with inspiration and advocated for waiving retribution fees and reparations for war-stricken countries, so that they wouldn’t have to consider taxing their citizens. On a similar note, she suggested reducing taxes for the working class by helping war-decimated countries improve their infrastructure and welfare programs via foreign aid.

A handful of delegates raised concerns over the logistics of supporting the working class outside of foreign aid, and that’s when NGOs were introduced. Numerous organizations were referenced and mentioned in UNCTAD, including INTERSOS, CARE International, International Rescue Committee, The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International.

The passionate discourse and creativity of the delegates in UNCTAD is sure to spawn comprehensive, innovative solutions and restore the economies of war-afflicted countries.

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