ECOSOC: Are Machines Going to Replace Humankind?
The ECOSOC delegates during committee session.
Among other councils, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that brought the issue regarding Youth and Technology: Tackling the 4th Industrial Revolution, (08/04) in Crowne Plaza Bandung.
Attended by 46 delegates representing 23 countries, ECOSOC originally was a doubled delegate council that was attended by 46 delegates who represent 23 countries. The issue was brought up to the council because the number of youth unemployment increased in parallel with the improvement of technology.
With that being said, multi-tasking skills are needed to reduce youth unemployment, specifically in developing countries. The delegates began the session with low tension at first and sooner being heated up.
The first session was started with an introduction from the chairs and followed by MUN 101. Right afterward, the delegates were doing a roll call and general speakers’ list was done by Brazil, China, South Africa, Netherlands, Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico, South Korea, Denmark, and United Arab Emirate.
Each country described their current conditions and created allies to find effective solutions. Surprisingly, the debate heated up when there was a crisis, which sudden lay-offs were executed by Chinese companies to Southeast Asian countries.
China argued that laying-offs their workers only applied in their own country. The council finally reached the highest tension since Chad said that the government’s accountability and transparency for money inside the factory are implied.
Lebanon also proposed a solution that social protection for the worker is needed. Furthermore, South Korea stressed that the private sector has its own rule and they should also notify worker’s conditions.
South Korea has proposed a motion regarding each country main problem in facing Industrial Revolution 4.0, namely technology improvement, low education level in some countries, and economic inequality that causes unemployment.
Moreover, some of the developed countries in the council said that funding is beneficial for multilateral cooperation. Thus, Chad, as one of the developing countries in ECOSOC, said that there is a gap between developed and developing countries. They argued that standard was being made by developed countries which lend them an amount of money.
Proposed by Chad, the unmoderated caucus was on board. Instead of taking a rest, they prefer to discuss an approach other delegates to find effective solutions to tackle this issue. Finally, they made allies to work together on working paper to find solutions.
The tension among the delegates was increasing from the beginning to the last session during the day, and that unbreakable tension will be continued tomorrow in the next committee session. (NewsArt/ Rizka Maharani)