• SCRAP Representatives Attend Model United Nations in New York

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    From 24-28 March, SCRAP representatives attended a Model United Nations Conference in New York, as part of the delegation from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) of the School of Oriental and African Studies. SOAS represented the Central African Republic, which was interesting from an arms control perspective since the very day the simulation started, rebels from the Sékéla took over the Presidential palace and ousted President Bozizé.

    SCRAP representatives sat in the First Committee of the General Assembly, which was composed of more than 200 participants. A vote was organized to determine which item was to be top of the agenda. After negotiations, it was agreed that “Combating the Illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons” (SALW) was the most important topic for the Conference.

    During the SCRAP Conference in the UN headquarters in Geneva, the concept of ‘humanitarian disarmament’ was recalled by Peter Herby (see report on the Conference below). SCRAP representatives thought that it was a good idea to bring up this concept during the negotiation to see what young students from around the world thought about the idea.

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