[DISEC] Attack or Prevent? Delegates of GA1 try to find a common voice regarding biological weapons

Once all have agreed to open a 20-minute unmoderated caucus, with an additional 5-minute extension motioned by the delegate of New Zealand- the delegates of the DISEC committee enthusiastically entered a heated discussion on tactics to deal with biological weapons. Previously, a moderated caucus, also motioned by the delegate of New Zealand, allowed several delegates to present their stances. While most choosing to talk leaned towards prevention as the preferred method,the delegate of USA suggested the use of human genome and the implementation of framework to provide immunization for citizens in the face of biological attack. The delegate of France offered military defense along with normative prevention. “Both are priorities,'' said the delegate when asked about national priorities between the two. 

During the unmoderated caucus, prevention still seemed to the more favored solution. A large circle was formed by delegates passionately discussing how to stop funding sources for biological weapons. The delegate of Syria was also optimistic about her stance - prevention - having enough support from others. The delegates of New Zealand, Mexico, Germany, Afghanistan, Russian Federation, and North Korea mainly agreed on this method. The delegate of Mexico, on the other hand, did not entertain the USA’s suggestion. Russia, despite not having found a shared idea yet, agreed that the immunization method proposed by the USA was “absurd”. 

Looking at the matter, the chairs of the committee thought that prevention would be the “main direction” for the first session as it carried on. Indeed, when the floor resumed, New Zealand’s motion for a twenty-minute moderated caucus on biological weapon prevention passed. 

by Mai Hoa Nguyen & Thi Thanh Tam Do — IVMUN 2019 Observers