A draft resolution and a love triangle
This morning, the delegates have begun to transform their ideas into more concrete ones in order to finally draft a resolution to deal with poaching and illegal trafficking of endangered species. That meant that decisions had to be made, enough with the praising and the research. Such pressure was exerted by South Africa supported by the US among others.
The delegates have engaged on fruitful debates on the necessity of technological solutions to deal with this crime in the era of internet. Saudi Arabia had interesting points on this, putting themselves as example of dealing with crime in the internet. Their solution to the problem is easy: control of the media and internet surveillance by the government. Canada has presented its concerns about a possible breach of Human Rights, but what are we doing here? Talking about Human Rights or animal protection?
On a side note, Saudi Arabia-US relations are getting stronger. Today they were seen together during informal negotiations and on the same page during the debate of the different motions. However, we cannot say that the Saudi Arabia-China bond is as strong. China was heard saying “There is some shade coming from the Saudi delegation”, to which the Saudi delegate could only answer “I am keeping it down at the moment. On the other hand, as the US delegate pointed out on yesterday’s interview, the US is looking forward to working with China. What will be the outcome of this situation?
The weariness was evident at the end of the day, so much that the delegates almost decide to include an increase in the budget of poaching in the draft resolution. Even though we have not been able to see a final resolution today, a draft has been created. Tomorrow, the debate on the amendments of such will kick off the last day of the Conference. Hopefully, the rest of the countries follow the wonderful command that the US has unintentionally taken with their proposals on measures.
Andrea González for Fox News
US delegate to Fox News: “China’s contribution is crucial”
The delegate from the United States in the CCPCJ has agreed to give us an interview to provide some light on how the negotiations are going.
How far do you think you are in terms on reaching agreements? what are the topics/measure that you have had more problems in passing?
I believe that we are a good deal down the way, but we have to start to address the key points to be included in the resolution. Out of 6 points we have only focused on two so far and none of it is in the format of a resolution, so we still have work to do but we hope to finish the resolution paper by the end of tomorrow or Sunday at the latest.
We have seen good relations with Saudi Arabia and Indonesia today, which are the countries with which you think you will have it more difficult in reaching agreements?
Hard to say, it will depend on the topic on the table. We are on the same page with Indonesia on the ground level of preventing poaching from happening, but we split up the topic in several parts so now it is difficult to say where can we find agreement. I’d say that the Committee is working together despite of ideologies and where each delegate is from.
We have seen the us taking the lead in proposing very promising measures, are we going to see this country pulling from the rest of the group in order to get useful solution?
We definitely hope so, we have seen cooperation from Indonesia, very fruitful. However, obviously our counter from the other side of the pacific, the People’s Republic of China has some rightful doubts about what has been proposed by the US but we are confident that our solutions in the end will prevail but of course we are always happy to include other stakeholders , particular other p5 powers like China as their contribution is crucial and its delegate has been doing an outstanding job.
If you had to choose only three most important topics, which will they be and in what order of importance and necessity?
The US is very interested in concrete and useful solution that actually change the lives of people to make them better. The US is very much concern with preventing the issue of poaching from happening I think it is the main issue. The next big step is to ensure that the supply chain is interrupted from the moment the animal is killed and at that point border control measures is the second most important topic to be address.
Lastly, law enforcement and proper anti-corruption measures.
What do you think about the topic of Education that was that fiercely defended by China?
As one of the champions in the world of education, the US is very committed to the topic of education. However, this committee is tasked with a more legal perspective in order to solve the problem of poaching and illegal traffic of endangered species with short- and long-term solutions. Education would be the fourth on the ranking of importance of measures.
We can only wait to see what the Negotiations on Saturday bring about and whether the good relations between countries is maintained once they start making decisions.
Andrea González for Fox News
Slowly But Steadily: the CCPCJ tries to find common grounds in order to draft an international resolution to save endangered species from illegal trafficking
The second session resumes the debate started yesterday in order to create a draft resolution to deal once and for all with animal poaching.
However, compromise was hard to reach when deciding on the basics: logistics and what type of document they were going to create. Such an issue did not give this Committee an image of the togetherness they represent.
Confrontation regarding who to blame was also a topic of distress. Some blamed it on the people and poverty, others on the government and some on corruption in countries. However, some delegates felt strongly against some of these arguments “Poverty is not a priority” the delegate of Thailand stated. Moreover, the focus of the argument tended to deviate against the willing of some delegates supported by the chairs of the Committee that some of those issues were not the relevant.
Another point of distress was the decision of the measures they wanted to implement in order to end with animal poaching and illegal trafficking of endangered species. China had one idea clear: education must be on the table. However, common sense was brought by the US delegate who suggested “to drop the topic of education…just a little bit”
Nevertheless, after the period of research, the delegates have shown their willing to cooperate and have listed the main topics to be included in the final resolution. In line of President Trump’s good relations with Indonesia, the delegates from both countries seem to be on the same page. Together they suggested the implementation “Domain Awareness System” to track the animals. This American marvel of engineering is already in place in Manhattan and implementing it could mark a before and after on the negotiations.
Hopefully, tomorrow’s negotiation will generate a resolution that will change the game for poachers at last.
“Don’t we all love animals?” Animal poaching is on the CCPCJ and the representatives are not ready to let the topic go
Negotiations, in order to draft an international resolution to fight illegal poaching and trade with endangered species, have started today between some of the participants of the CCPCJ.
Even though during this first session all seemed to agree on the fact that measures had to be taken in order to prevent this crime for happening, timing was a field of disagreement. The US has showed its interest in dealing with the problem in a quick manner. One minute was more than enough for the opening statements for the US delegate with the backing of most of the countries except for China, which was also in disagreement with the room when the US’ proposal to keep the interventions shorter during the session was supported by the majority of the room.
Moreover, when it came to proposing measures to tackle the issue, not all of the delegates were in agreement with regard to their type. Some proposals were focused on education in order to prevent the issue from happening, whereas Thailand was more dead-set on the wellbeing of specifically elephants.
Even though no alliances seem to be occurring so far, Saudi Arabia and the United States are looking as a promising one. Good to see that agree on more issues than only on how to deal with the Khashoggi affair …
May future negotiations bring about a solution to deal once and for all with animal poaching in the world.