Special Committee 2 (Spc2)
Daphne de Haas, Gymnasium Haganum
Nayantara Deb, International School Eindhoven
(Non Ad Hoc)
The Special Committees are special in more ways than one. As they are not an expressed committee in the actual UN, these committees are here as a way to bring important issues to light that do not particularly slot into any specific committee that exists in the real UN.
This of course, does not mean that they are any less important, as the issues discussed are still very pressing and prevalent, what the special committees do allow however, is a medium wherein these issues can be debated easier and this year, the issues are all but boring.
As this is a special committee, instead of this being a place of background information about its real world counterpart, here the issues will briefly be explained in more detail.
Issue 1: Exploring the viability of nuclear power as a carbon neutral energy source
This is an issue discussed abundantly in current politics, as it poses a solution to the climate crisis in a way that currently no other technology can. Nuclear power is a carbon neutral energy source that can be produced on a scale far larger than solar or wind, but it has some severe downsides. A looming threat of nuclear disaster, dangerous elements ripe for the taking and the long lasting dangerous waste. Not only that, but the public fear of anything nuclear has been high since the Cold War, when a nuclear apocalypse was a frightening and real possibility. In conclusion, there are many sides to this problem which should lead to a most interesting debate.
Issue 2: Discussing the availability of the resources needed for a transition to all green energy.
Climate change is, as always, still an issue of vital importance. However, as most climate change solutions either boil down to money or popularity in politics, it is a difficult issue to discuss during HMUN, when neither of these things are really an issue. That is why, in this issue, the situation is different. Eventually, to completely stop climate change, the world will have to run on a clean power, green energy. Ignoring all the financial problems that come with this, from a pure logistical perspective, how difficult will this be? That is the question you will be tackling amongst many others for this issue.
Issue 3: Discussing the responsibility of corporations regarding a carbon neutral future.
In most major climate agreements, it has naturally been a debate between countries and their governments. However in our current society, corporations have undeniably more power than ever. Large corporations have exceeded the bounds of nations and they must be taken seriously in the debate to solve climate change. This issue you will tackle what exactly the UN can make corporations do for the interest of the world.