With the official opening of JoMUN XV, members of APQ participated in opening speeches followed by an hour dedicated to lobbying and merging. Having completed these activities APQ launched straight into their debate.
The first clause, presented by the delegate of the Russian Federation, aimed to improve health conditions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan. The delegate presented possible solutions for multiple health-related problems such as rape and unsafe drinking water. This also included a clause encouraging countries that could possibly help and contribute to improving the health of IDPs in South Sudan to do so. The delegate approached this clause confidently by taking ‘any and all questions’ following her presentation.
Many delegates raised their placards at this opportunity. One of these students was the delegate of Kenya who questioned how Kenya could possibly be persuaded to support the IDPs when Kenya itself is struggling financially. The delegate of the Russian Federation confirmed that the clause was not asking for financial support from Kenya but rather help from volunteers. Following these questions, delegates were given the opportunity to speak for or against the clause as a whole. Initially, the delegates were hesitant to raise their placards, however, after some words from the chairs and time to read over the resolution another time, several more delegates felt they could contribute to the debate. Both the delegates of Ethiopia and Kenya spoke for the clause as they felt it was effective and proposed solutions to multiple problems.
The delegate of Angola however, spoke against this clause because she felt that it should be a sub-clause of a more wholesome clause. The delegate felt that the clause should not only address health but rather the quality of life of IDPs in general. This opinion was opposed by many delegates as they felt that improving health would contribute to improving the quality of life. With a few amendments passed leading to an improved clause, the chairs felt that the time of debate was sufficient and that the clause as a whole could be voted on. Due to the majority of delegates voting for this clause, the clause passed.