Position Paper to the United Nations

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Delegation from
Lebanon
Represented by
My name
I. Achieving the Arab Development Outlook
Lebanon supports the sustainable development goals that have been made on the international agreement on the
post-2015 to achieve the vision of 2030 agenda goals by working with the United Nations (UN) Economic and
Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Vision 2030 have been breaking down its development
focuses on five key areas which they are; Peace and security, Governance, Transformational Growth, Human
Development and Social Justice, and Regional Integration.
——————————————————-Email from the Professor Explains:
As you prepare to write your position papers for the final exam, the background information in the link
below will come in handy. The guide itself is specific to your committee, and while you may find
different parts useful, the key section on which you should focus your time is the specific 8-12 pages
about your assigned topic. *(Which are those pages of my assigned topic are 13-21)* The guide is very
useful at helping you understand the context of the topic, but will do little to help you with Lebanese or
Zambian positions; you’re on your own for that. While they are not due until Finals Week, I encourage
you to have a draft ready for class on 6 December, as the Head Delegates and I will be available to
review them and give you feedback prior to your final draft being written.
You can find your guide at
http://www.nmun.org/assets/documents/conferences/ny/ny18-bgg-escwa.pdf
Other sources:
http://www.arabstates.undp.org/content/dam/rbas/doc/CPD/CPD%20Lebanon%202017-2020.pdf
Searching in the UN library for the documents if needed:
http://unbisnet.un.org:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&profile=bib&menu=search
or Here Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Position Papers in the Martin Institute | International Studies
Position papers are normally written in advance of a meeting in order to communicate a national,
organizational, or personal position on a particular issue or set of issues. They emphasize both
thoroughness and succinctness in equal measure, given that as many entities as will attend a
particular meeting generate position papers. They differ from policy papers and white papers in
that they do not seek to justify why a particular position is being advocated, but rather to
communicate a country’s position/policy.
Another use for position papers is for agencies, politicians, and/or government departments to
share their policy with constituents. Again, the emphasis is on succinctness and thoroughness.
At its core, each issue dealt with in a position paper has three main components, each one
paragraph in length; these are complemented by an overview paragraph. Each seeks to
emphasize the country’s engagement in and leadership related to the issue and essentially
“justify” why other countries should heed a particular national position. The main three:
1) History and Definition of the Issue, including the key international agreements the
country supported, leadership roles the country may have played, and important ongoing
efforts in the international arena regarding the issue that are supported by the country.
2) Current Efforts, whether international, regional, or national that demonstrate a country’s
engagement with the topic.
3) Position and Future Direction, featuring specific statements about what a country
would like to see adopted regarding the issue.
Some format/style notes:
Position papers are written in Times New Roman, 10 pt. font, with one inch margins on all four
sides. The text should be fully justified with the exception of the header and section/issue titles
and subtitles, which must be placed appropriately as per the example. There are also particular
protocols regarding which portions are bolded, which are italicized, and which are both bolded
and italicized.
Delegation from
The Kingdom of Belgium
Represented by
University of Idaho
Position Paper for the General Assembly First Committee
The issues presented before the First General Assembly are as follows: Cyber Security and Protecting against Cyber
Warfare; The Threat of Transnational Organized Crime on International Security; and Efforts to Control Weapons of
Mass Destruction. The Kingdom of Belgium is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European
Union, the Australia Group, and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe. Belgium remains
committed to combatting threats to security through economic development and politico-military dimensions.
I. Cyber Security and Protecting Against Cyber Warfare
The Kingdom of Belgium is making efforts in the international community to develop cyber security. Belgium has
contributed to the development of Resolution 53/70 in 1999, focusing on developments in information and
telecommunications in the context of international security on information technology [A/RES/53/70]. In 2003,
Belgium contributed to the development of Resolution 58/32 which focuses on developments in the field of
information and telecommunications in the context of international security [A/RES/58/32]. Belgium has signed and
ratified these agreements defining the reality of cyber-warfare and its threat to international security and submitted
them toward the entry force of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime in 2004 [BCC]. In 2005, the Tunis Agenda
for the Information Society was created to advance international cooperation on the topic of cyber warfare [WSIS]. In
2011, Belgium became a part of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative, which encourages increased cooperation
and information sharing amongst commonwealth states [CCI].
Belgium recognizes that cyber-security, having both civilian and military application, demands a global solution.
Recalling the adoption of resolution 68/167 in 2013 [A/RES/68/167] and resolution 69/28 in 2014, Belgium affirms
the continuation to view cyber warfare as a perceivable threat to international and domestic security [A/RES/69/28].
Working with NATO and their technical cyber security services, Belgium has reaffirmed their commitment to cyber
security and the protecting against cyber warfare at the 2012 Chicago Summit [NATO]. Belgium has installed a
Federal Cyber Emergency Team [CERT.be], and a federal public service for information and communication
technology [FEDICT]. Belgium demonstrated commitment by attending the 2002 Prague summit, 2006 Riga Summit,
and 2010 Lisbon Summit [NATO].
Belgium calls upon the international community to approach cyber security with neither ignorance nor negligence and
urges the international community to fight against the financing of terrorism and to improve efficient cooperation and
exchange of information between intelligence and security services. As of 2015, the Belgian National Security Council
is working to develop general intelligence and security policies, ensuring coordination, and prioritizing intelligence
and security services within cybercrime [B-CCENTRE]. Belgium works dynamically on cyber security as a member
of the BENELUX memorandum of understanding as well as the OSCE, and recommends that the international
community units to address this issue [THB].
II. The Threat of Transnational Organized Crime to International Security
The Kingdom of Belgium supports initiatives that combat transnational organized crime. Reaffirming Article 5 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, and the threat that transnational organized crime poses to
international security, Belgium ratified: the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime in 2000, the
Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children in 2000, the Protocol
against the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition,
supplementing the UN convention against transnational organized crime in 2002, and the Protocol against the
smuggling of migrants by land, sea, and air, supplementing the UN convention against transnational organized crime
in 2004 [A/RES/55/25]. Belgium recalls the Lisbon Treaty of 2009, designed to install solidarity between member
states in order to increase abilities to fight transnational crime and terrorism.
Belgium, as a part of the European Union, recognizes human trafficking as the one of most hideous forms of
transnational organized crime and is determined to combat it. Belgium views international cooperation as crucial, and
the Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in
persons, especially women and children, serve as cornerstones [GA/SHC/3975]. The recently adopted Global Plan of
Action against Trafficking in Persons has raised awareness regarding this issue in Belgium, and Belgium hopes that
this awareness will disperse throughout the UN, the business sector, civil society, and the media [A/RES/64/293].
Belgium played a significant role in the condemnation of organized crime through their involvement in the first
International Criminal Court investigations in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Darfur, as well as
through their initiatives to consolidate peace and security since 2011 [ICTY][UNMISS]. Similar efforts have been
made with cooperation from the Belgian government in Lebanon [UNIFIL], the Middle East [UNTSO], and Mali
[MINUSMA]. Belgium has also participated in UN-mandated coalitions such as [ISAF] in Afghanistan.
Belgium emphasizes the threat that transnational criminal organizations has to international security. Recalling the
UN summit in 2005, Belgium promotes the strengthening of the rule of law as well as increased training for police
and judiciary personnel in regards to transnational organized crime [OSCE]. International conventions and protocols
are to be observed, including international humanitarian law, which is outlined in the United Nations Global CounterTerrorism Strategy [UNGCTS]. It addresses the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism preventing and
combating terrorism, and strengthening the role of the United Nations system. Belgium strives to be dynamic while
addressing transnational organized crime and seeks coordination from partnering entities such as the UN, OSCE, and
NATO. Belgium urges the international community to hold transnational criminal organizations accountable for the
atrocities committed against human rights [SC/9347]. While doing so, Belgium reiterates the Kosovo conflict during
Belgium’s chairmanship for the OSCE, and the willingness to negotiate with the principal parties involved [OSCE].
III. Efforts to Control Weapons of Mass Destruction
The Kingdom of Belgium supports nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation by promoting the UN Charter and
through international cooperation [GA]. Recognizing internal limited influence, Belgium is united with the European
Union and NATO. Belgium recognizes the first and Second Hague Convention of 1889 and 1907, regarding harmful
gases [ICRC]. Belgium is a party member to the Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of
Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare of 1925, prohibiting chemical
and biological weapons in war [Geneva]. Belgium has ratified the 1970 Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear
Weapons, which prevents the spreading of nuclear weapons [UNODA] and the Convention on the Prohibition of the
Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction in 1997 [OPCW], and
the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological)
and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction in 1975 [UNODA].
Belgium, united with the Netherlands and Norway, created a working document that proposed the need for the United
State of America and the Russian Federation to continue to reduce their non-strategic arsenals of nuclear weapons.
Belgium welcomed President Obama’s proposals in 2013 to further reduce stockpiles [START]. Belgium regularly
provides information to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and allows regular inspection at
companies and institutions that treat chemicals [OPCW]. In 2011, leading up to the 7th Review Conference of the
BWC, Belgium, in cooperation with the Belgian Biosafety Association, organized a seminar to strengthen biological
safety through the adapted industry quality standards.
Belgium condemns weapons of mass destruction and urges international cooperation [NPT]. A part of the OSCE,
Belgium supports UNSC Resolution 1540 and its call comprehensive measures to prevent proliferation by non-state
actors of WMD [OSCE]. A part of the Australia Group, Belgium urges the international community to ensure that
exports do not contribute to the development or transport of chemical or biological weapons [Australia Group].
Aligned with NATO, Belgium is strengthening defense capabilities to defend against CBRN attacks by conducting
exercises to prepare forces for operation in a CBRN environment, and increasing dialogue among allies [NATO].
Belgium is committed to a world without nuclear weapons with increased transparency regarding WMD and calls
upon India, Israel, and Pakistan to join the Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty and become non-nuclear weapon states.
Belgium and urges the international community to preserve the integrity of the treaty by holding violators accountable.
Delegation from
The Kingdom of Belgium
Represented by
University of Idaho
Position Paper for the General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)
The issues before the General Assembly Second Committee are: promoting access to renewable and sustainable energy
for poverty reduction and sustainable development; financing for development; world commodity trends and
prospects. Belgium is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the
International Energy Agency (IEA) and is also a member of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO). Belgium also cooperates with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Commission on
Population and Development (CPD) to further promote international sustainable development.
I. Promoting Access to Renewable and Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development
Belgium recognizes the importance of renewable and sustainable energy for poverty reduction around the world. As
one of the states that participated in the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, Belgium continues to work
towards the practical implementation of the decisions made at the World Summit. Belgium has had several policies
aimed at promoting the development, installation and usage of renewable energy sources (RES). Installations on the
federal level in Belgium included training programs for RES-installers as well as an indirect fiscal mechanism for
research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programs [RES-Legal]. Belgium also implemented a number of
the commitments made in Johannesburg at the federal public services level and in foreign affairs. Examples include
external initiatives in the areas of public health and living environments, biodiversity and forests, energy and climate
change, sustainable trade policies and corporate social responsibility [Kingdom of Belgium Foreign Affairs KBFA].
Belgium has provided international development assistance with a view to promote the use of environmentally sound
technology in foreign industries. Priority areas include emissions and waste reduction, alternative methods of energy
production, state-of-the-art production standards, and efficient resource utilization [Agenda 21].
At the global level, Belgium is an active proponent of enhancing the role played by the United Nations Environment
Programme. Belgium is a significant contributor to the UNEP and various specialized UN institutions. In addition,
Belgium is also taking part in discussions on the possible creation of a United Nations Environment Organization.
Belgium also participates in the Environment and Security Programme put forward by the UNEP, UNDP, NATO and
OSCE [Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN PMBUN]. This initiative seeks to defuse potential environmental
conflicts involving, for example, water resources or cross-border environmental pollution at an early stage or to prompt
the parties in a dispute to work together for the benefit of the environment, thereby leading to better relations. Belgium
is an active champion of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) programme in developing countries,
rich in natural resources [KBFA]. It promotes ‘good governance’ in countries by establishing voluntary, tripartite
relations between the relevant government, private sector and civil society. Belgium also works on the UN Global
Compact (GC), designed to encourage companies to embrace a more socially responsible and sustainable form of
management. [PMBUN].
Belgium acknowledges the importance of collaboration it has in promoting access to renewable and sustainable energy
for poverty reduction and sustainable development by working with organizations to aid developing countries in
reaching their sustainable growth goals. Belgium’s recent projects under their UN Agenda 21 include collaboration
with these diverse groups: women, indigenous groups, NGO’s, trade unions, farmers, the scientific community, and
business and industry that creates a platform for policy proposals, carrying out studies and small research projects to
integrate results from multi-disciplinary approaches, and an all-inclusive database pertaining to sustainable
development. Belgium has expressed its continuous commitment to sustainable development by being involved in the
UN committees and initiatives through international treaties that have an invested interest in economic collaboration
for sustainable development.
II. Financing for Development
As a member of Global Partnership (GP) established in Busan, Korea in 2011, Belgium adopted the core principles of
effective development cooperation including better monitoring results of all development systems and foster new
partnerships and working relationships [GP]. Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo
emphasized the potential of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). In 2015, he called for more official aid to use this
potential and create opportunities for LDCs during the UN’s and the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC)
Workshop for National Focal Points of LDCs. This workshop discussed the need of finances to stimulate economic
growth, eradicate forms of poverty and to accelerate human development specifically in Africa [De Croo]. This
workshop concluded with the acceptance of the need to implement Agenda 2063 which ensures good governance, rule
of law, functioning institutions, accountability and skillful management of diversity in order to reduce the amount of
illicit financial flows (IFFs) and to make better use of the funding currently being provided.
Belgium oversees the Programme of Action and directs 50% of its official development aid to LDCs [Belgian
Development Cooperation]. Belgium works with various channels of aid like financing subsidies by indirect
cooperation (NGA), governmental cooperation with partner countries, multilateral participation, European and
regional cooperation and humanitarian aid. The Belgian development aid focuses on its 14 partner countries, and more
specifically in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Belgian aid funds more than 300 projects in Africa, Asia and
Latin America [UN Agenda 21 Belgium and Africa]. Belgium strongly contributes to European development aid and
to international political organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union. Belgium
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