In General Assembly 3, the committee kicked off day two of JoMUN XVI with a lively debate on the topic of albinism.
A resolution was proposed on the recognition of; albinism as a disability, the protection of human rights for those with the condition, and lastly, the training of special needs teaching and support that educational institutions should have in place.
“The debate, albeit concerned with a serious issue, was a very humorous and interactive one. Many good points were raised, viable solutions were presented as well as some misguided beliefs,” said Evel Tsegab Kebebew, the delegate of Ghana.
There was much disagreement on some of the suggested amendments such as the issue of preserving equal rights of those with Albinism and the treatment of those with albinism as special needs learners.
One argument against this amendment was brought to the house’s attention by the delegate of the People’s Republic of China. She pointed out that “by classifying people with Albinism as having a disability, we are indirectly segregating them from society, when the goal of the UN should be to integrate them into society.”
Kebebew commented that “the debate was very fruitful and I honestly cannot think of a single thing that went wrong.” The resolution was eventually passed.
The committee then proceeded to debate the topic of the protection and promotion of UNESCO world heritage sites in Africa for the duration of the first session.
By: Lisa Gent Year 11 AISJ