By TeleSUR at 11:44 AM 5/30/2020 (PDT)
The UNHABITAT Committee has come to a slow, yet steady start in their debate. While unforthcoming, the beliefs of the delegates are evidently strong and tenacious. Debate opened as usual, with delegates quick to introduce their nations perspective into prioritization of debate topics. The two topics at hand, waste management and urban slums, affect all nations in the committee differently, and consequently, disproportionately. The United States, the bald eagle leering over the round table, ready for its prey, was quick to assert the importance of urban slums—even though the United States is not nearly as affected by urban slums as nations like India. The United State’s last major crisis with urban slums ended in the 1960s. India, who remained reticent in the first rounds of debate, has a housing crisis that has its officials on the front lines. However, with a fourth of your nations people in slums, it is difficult to remain silent for long (statistic from Delegate from India). India jumped into debate after urban slums had been given priority, despite the valiant efforts of China, who is less affected by urban slums and more affected by waste management. But, nonetheless, the issue of urban slums started the steady crawl towards a resolution.
Everyone focused on getting their nations perspective out in the open, clearing the elephant in the room—ideological diversity. Egypt quickly discussed their fatal lack of proper urban slums, citing a rockslide with a casualty number of 130 — all a product of poor urban planning paired with government corruption. However, China seems to be on the fast track. The delegate was quick to state that “Some countries should consider working on the social aspects”, while citing the 1.9 million people that the nation has supported through rent stability programs (Delegate from China). While some points of view and arguments, like China’s, are more developed and enhanced by their ideological beliefs, the debate continues to grow in intensity and in complexity.
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