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There are many issues in the world that are being paused, but it's time to change that and press play. Many conferences have been held to solve such issues but no solid, sturdy decisions have been taken. A very good example that hits so close to home is Palestine. The conflict arose about 60 years ago, in 1948, but have there been any solutions attempted? Yes, there have. Has anything been done to make the country’s state better? Have any solutions been implemented and put into effect? Nothing has been done, implemented, or put into effect. issues

One issue that is being put on hold is the Kashmir conflict. The Kashmir conflict is the oldest conflict on the UN's Agenda. The conflict is a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan. Conflicts caused by differences in religion started in the region hundreds of years ago. These conflicts led to muslims demanding the creation of a separate islamic state (Pakistan)  as the British gave their Indian colonies independence. After the withdrawal of British forces, states around Kashmir joined either Pakistan or India. Not long after independence, Pakistan sent troops aiming to gain control of Kashmir. Hari Singh, Kashmir's Hindu ruler, asked India for help, and signed the instrument of "Accession," making Kashmir officially a part of India. India sent troops to Kashmir and the first Kashmir War started in 1947. In 1965 and 1971, two more wars broke. In 1999, Kargil war, another Indo-Pakistani war, took place. Now, half of Kashmir is controlled by India and the other half is controlled by Pakistan. The Kashmir War, the Kargil War and many other conflicts between India and Pakistan are the result of unresolved issues that date back to the 1800. Although territorial dispute was the key reason for the emerge of the Kashmir conflict, human right abuses ranging from mass killings and enforced disappearances to torture and rape on both sides became a larger reason for hostilities between both nations. Human right abuses still take place to this day. Thousands of soldiers and citizens still suffer from the consequences of the ongoing conflict.

A possible explanation to this phenomenon is countries secretly benefiting from the existence of the issue. How could a country possibly have any sort of benefit from the problems other countries are facing? One reason could be that it keeps them at the top rank worldwide, and the way to make sure that is maintained is by making sure other countries do not surpass their success. Take a look at what happened to countries like Egypt during the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The making and use of factories and machines started in Britain, and they would take raw materials from developing countries, such as Egypt, and create products using them. They would buy cotton from Egypt at a very low price, manufacture it, and sell the clothes they produced at a much higher price. The fact that Egypt was much less developed than Britain and had such an important raw material, with had no factories to actually produce goods out of it, actually benefited Britain. If Egypt was a more developed country, it would not have been easy to buy the cotton, let alone at an extremely low price. And so, countries such as Britain do benefit from having less developed countries like Egypt, and keeping the less developed countries at that same state ensures their prosperity. Having developing countries be economically and politically dependent on the developed countries makes the developed nations thrive from this uneven relationship. And so, naturally, those strong countries will stop developing countries from actually fully developing and will neglect serious conflicts in those countries or put them on hold. It doesn't have to just be that; it could be us, ourselves, who are contributing to the dilemmas being paused. We could be the ones casting it aside. That public awareness video on Facebook that you skipped could be a contribution to the issue. The flyer for public awareness down the street that you merely glanced at and paid no attention to could be a contribution to the issue. So many minor things that we inattentively do may very well be a contribution to the issue.

Vinestar Jerome Jarre is It's time to rip those façades down and press play. Jarre finally took a very effective action towards the famine in Somalia that was put on hold and neglected for so long. The first thing he, as well as his helpers, knew was that the only airline that has flights to Somalia was the Turkish Airlines. What was their idea? Their brilliant idea was to convince Turkish Airlines to fill their planes with food and fly them over to Somalia. This was a movement they called LOVE ARMY FOR SOMALIA. This idea was publicised in 24 hours, all over Twitter with the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia. It was successful, and Turkish Airlines provided a full cargo flight that could carry 60 tons of food. They raised 1 million dollars in 21 hours. The 60 tons of food cost about 166,371 dollars, so there was more money that they could use to benefit Somalia. They bought food locally, which meant that they were also helping the economy there.

Jerome Jarre is just one example of how each and every single person can help the world in some shape or form to be a much better place than it currently is. All we need to do is stop neglecting important issues. All we need to do is take action instead of dwelling in the tragic events. All we need to do is stop praying for change and start making change happen. All we need to do is “press play.” Pressing play can start from just the smallest action, such as sharing a video of an awareness campaign on Facebook, or donating for a cause and/or charity. These small actions will lead to an ultimate collective action on a much larger scale.

It needs critical thinking and analytical skills to be able to carefully find out the root causes of these dilemmas and plan out solutions to these issues that have been put on hold for a long time, and that is our mission with the theme being “Press Play.” The goal for this BCMUN conference is to firmly establish that way of thinking and those skills into each and every single delegate's mind. This way, you will not only be discussing issues, but actually solving them and using your mind to find ways to better the world we live in, for you are the future of it.


The BCMUN 2018 Team.