In november 2017 I was able to attend a conference held in the Bangkok United Nations center as a part of a Model United Nations member. During the 4 days in Bangkok, I was able to experience and see different characteristics of the world. While I was in Bangkok I started being aware of how privileged I am. Also, while debating about few different world issues from the lense of different countries it has allowed me to grow as a global citizen as I was able to learn what different countries think like. This conference has challenged me to explore different perspectives with unfamiliar nations such as Nicaragua about world issues that I haven’t thought about such as the use of AIs.
During this conference I represented Saudi Arabia which was a country that I had not understanding in. In this conference I was part of the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) where we debated about 3 different issues: 1) Regulating autonomous weaponry 2) The use of private military companies by nation states and ensuring accountability for crimes committed by contracted security forces 3) Measures to ensure international cooperation to combat transnational ordinance smuggling. Before going to the conference I researched about Saudi Arabia’s stance in my topic to write a position paper and thought of few resolution clauses. I started the first day of the conference nervous and excited. I was nervous about not answer the POI(Point of Information) with the correct answer and not being able to deliver my speech in a clear way that everyone would understand clearly. The day started with every delegate giving a one minute speech on their countries stance on the topic. This gave me confidence at the start of the conference so I was able to ask POI without having worry about being wrong as some of the delegates there helped me out when I was not sure what to say. The conference helped me to improve my debating skills as well as my speech delivering skills.
Honourable chairs and esteemed delegates, the delegate of Saudi arabia firmly believes that regulating autonomous weaponry should happen to some extent. Saudi is a top weapon importer and every seven dollars spent on defense imports in 2015 was spent by Saudi Arabia. While Saudi is the top weapon importer Saudi has a strict regulation for the citizens to hold weapons.
In regard to private military companies, Saudi Arabia believes that PMC should be used as they can protect the country when in danger.
Lastly, regards to smuggling weapons this delegate believes that the rules for smuggling weapons should be strict to. However, it should be regulated to a certain extent. This year some cooperation smuggled thousands of weapons from Yemen. These people were caught but somehow managed to escape. These kinds of things should not happen again in Saudi Arabia.
This delegate is looking forward to a constructive and fruitful debate that will help reach a mutual solution to the issues at hand.
From this experience I was able to learn about the differences and similarities in environment, religion, privilege/power. The main thing I was able to learn was about the religion in Saudi Arabia. I was able to learn that Saudi Arabia is a Islamic country so most of the education that children get is related to the belief of the Islam. With the country being Islamic it limits the freedom of women and the men gets to control some of the women’s rights. With the women’s right being controlled it affects their enrolment into school or to some medical treatment. Compared to the country I live in Japan or the country I am from Korea, this is very different. These two countries may not be the most gender equal countries but we don’t it is more equal than Saudi Arabia as it women’s still have their rights and are encouraged to take leadership roles and to step outside their comfort zone and to try their best.