At the first meeting of the St. Louis Area Model U.N. for 2016-17, Priory's contingent of delegates — 10 high school students representing countries like Argentina, Niger and Tanzania — offered a solution to the Syrian refugee crisis in the E.U. and won the award for Best Resolution.
Senior Tejas Sekhar, who also serves as the SLAMUN treasurer, explained that the issues the delegates discuss are divided between the Political and Security Council (POLSEC) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Priory competes in the POLSEC, and the process of writing a resolution starts when the students receive packets of information with background information and a problem or challenge to tackle.
"There are more than 30 resolutions submitted on each topic, and only 2 get selected for debate," Tejas explained. The delegates go through a formal process at the conference to consider each resolution, and at the end of the day there are nominations for the best resolution and a vote by the whole group. The resolution from Priory that won is below.
In addition to being the first conference of the year for Priory's delegates, it was also Tejas' first conference as a member of the SLAMUN board. The board, made up mostly of high school seniors, draws applications from a wide variety of schools across the area. There were 26 applications for the 6 board slots at the end of last year when Tejas applied. "I thought it would be interesting to lead something this big," he said. While his official role is to oversee funds, collect student fees, and fundraise, he said there's a lot of overlap and cooperation between the board roles. "There's a real depth of involvement to it."
Submitted by: Argentina
Submitted to: POL/SEC
Question of: Terrorism in the European Union
THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL COUNCIL,
Acknowledging that the civil war is raging in both Syria and Yemen,
Understanding the global impact the outcome of this war will have on the rest of the world,
Recognizing that the presence of recognized terrorist organizations in Syria and Yemen,
Appreciating the difficult position the European Union is placed in regarding this issue,
- Demands that the integration of refugees becomes a priority:
- Refugee communities in Europe must be incentivized to assimilate into Western culture,
- European countries need to make a greater effort to encourage this assimilation;
- Requests that immigration policy in the European Union be more regulated and restricted:
- The screening process for attaining a Blue Card must become more intensive,
- The qualifications for those seeking asylum need to become more restrictive as well,
- A quota system based on the respective populations in European countries should be developed to more evenly distribute refugees,
- This quota system will be for incoming refugees as well as aiding in the current relocation of refugees from Germany and France,
- Specifically, the number of refugees entering a European country will not exceed 1/20 of the population of that country;
- Suggests that any excess migrants be directed to other Middle Eastern countries, such as Iraq and Pakistan;
- Seeks a travel ban to Syria and Yemen until the situation in both countries stabilizes and terrorist activity within the EU has decreased substantially:
- Syria and Yemen both contain a significant terrorist element,
- The above clause calls for the creation of the Middle Eastern Travel Committee (METC) in an attempt to stop foreign actors from entering into Syria and Yemen,
- Foreign actors do not include agencies either endorsed or sponsored by the United Nations (i.e. charities and NGO’s) or military personnel,
- Every individual must be cleared to travel to Yemen or Syria by METC irrespective of organization;
- Recommends the continued sharing of intelligence between both E.U. and non-E.U. member states regarding individuals known to the intelligence community as possible terrorists:
- This includes an increase in border enforcement on the part of Turkey as the country is adjacent to Syria,
- This clause also includes requests for an improved contribution regarding terrorism from Turkey to the broader intelligence community;
- Requests that the EU carry out a series of ads in their member states denouncing terrorist organizations and warning of the dangers involved in associating with said groups:
- Furthermore, these ads will encourage citizens to report any behavior they deem suspicious with regards to national security;
- Calls for the elimination of known terrorist groups’ presence on the Internet:
- Twitter, a common tool in the process of radicalization, has recently made an effort to eliminate terroristic content from its platform; therefore, the international intelligence community ought to aid in identifying accounts used for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities so as to support Twitter in its goal of removing the accounts of known terrorist and their sympathizers,
- Inspire, a terrorist publication issued through the Internet, ought to be banned in the E.U. as it often contains instructions as to how to carry out a terrorist attack.