By Leonie Friedrich
Coming to the room it was to easy to notice that apparently, delegates from several countries have different perceptions of punctuality. While some delegates were more than ready to continue with the debates from yesterday, others were rather fighting their hangover or their sleep deficit.
After many countries agreed with each other and repeated that they can tackle the problem only when they work together, the discussion finally gained more actual content. While the delegate from Bangladesh motivated the committee to get started to find a solution and to form an ethical framework, the delegate from Israel stressed that the issue is not about legalizing or delegalizing Organ Trafficking but rather about making it safer.
The delegates raised multiple topics they wanted to focus on, however, only one motion passed, and the delegation discussed countries’ stances on the legislation of organ trade. India mentioned the problem that it wants to get rid of the black market- but at the same time, more and more countries consider them a good trading partner. Saudi Arabia’s delegate stressed the personal choice of donation and the delegate from Singapore wants to ensure enhanced medical help and abolish or at least reduce its costs.
As the next point on the agenda, the delegation debated possible solutions on how to tackle the black markets which play a crucial role in the dilemma of Organ Trafficking. France’s delegate pointed out that people in poverty will always sell their bodies and the delegate from Ukraine emphasized the questions who is “demanding” and who is “supplying”? Moreover, Ethiopia’s delegate wanted to focus on the reduction of incentives of the black markets.
Financial cooperation was the next topic they agreed to negotiate about. The Delegate from South Korea raised the problem of traceability of traded organs and the delegate from Japan confirmed that global knowledge has to be used more efficiently.
Medical treatment for victims of organ trade was the last topic during the first part of the session today. The delegate from Albania highlighted that as long as there is Organ Trafficking, no matter whether legal or illegal, there are always going to be victims. UK’s delegate agreed that a platform for donators has to be established to access appropriate facilities for them. The delegate from the Netherlands focused on the investment in the treatment of victims, also Guyana’s delegate approved that the pre and post operation treatment and its costs should be taken care of more.
As one can clearly see, the delegates pay attention to many different aspects and try to correspond with each other. Consequently, they are on their best way to find a suitable solution. Apart from actively making amendments and improving the working paper, some delegates take the meme competition quite serious and bring a lot of laughter to the very factual based discussions. Go for the trophy!