Hi everyone! Here at EagleMUNC, we cannot wait for the conference in two days! We have worked hard on it all year and hope that you all have a great time. In preparation for the upcoming dilemmas posed at the conference, this post will discuss how the country of Afghanistan recently defined its plans to achieve domestic peace.
At the Kabul Process II conference, the Afghan government reiterated its desire to hold "unconditional peace talks" with a main force of domestic violence, the Taliban. UNAMA, or the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, welcomed the move by Afghan leaders to bring peace by instigating dialogue, lifting sanctions, and releasing prisoners.
Last year alone, more than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in the Afghanistan conflict. Many of these casualties were caused by suicide bombings and explosive devices. Around two-thirds of these casualties were caused by anti-government groups like the Taliban, which was responsible for a whole 42% of the casualties alone. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says that Afghan civilians are killed while "going about their daily lives," as they travel on a bus or pray in a mosque.
Therefore, considering the amount of civilian casualties attributed to the group, negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, if successful, could have a monumental impact on bringing peace to the divided nation. Hopefully, by choosing to use dialogue instead of violence, the government can avoid causing more casualties and set an example for the rest of the world.
On February 27, Boston College had the privilege of hosting former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He was the chief of the U.N. for a decade, and before that he was South Korea’s foreign minister. He spoke on Tuesday about human welfare and global citizenship.
At his talk, Ban discussed climate change and the U.N.’s role in curbing it. He brought up some of his many accomplishments in battling climate change, remarking that “a lot of people in the international community call [him] Mr. Climate.” He also commended individual U.S. cities for agreeing to abide by the Paris Climate Agreement despite President Trump’s refusal to sign it. Overall, Ban emphasized the urgency of protecting the Earth, arguing that it is the only planet humans have.
Ban also spoke on the importance of empowering women to become leaders who will instigate change. Ban discussed his efforts to increase women’s rights at the UN, and was even presented with an award from gender equality advocates for “Delivering for Girls and Women.” He received this award in recognition of his “Every Woman Every Child” movement that works to address the unique health challenges that face women and children worldwide.