RESOLUTION DISC 322

FORUM: DISARMAMENT & INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: COVID-19 and its implications for disarmament.

SUBMITTED BY: Romania

CO-SUBMITTERS:Luxembourg, Philippines, Ecuador, France, Belgium, Arab League, Cyprus, Lao PDR, Slovenia, Senegal, Spain, Greece, European Union, Peru.

STATUSApproved

THE DISARMAMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE,

Noting with deep concern the negative consequences that the COVID-19 virus has brought on our nations and people, 

Recognizing the disastrous effect of the pandemic and lockdowns on the world’s economy, and the financial well-being of our citizens, 

Taking into account the amount of military funds that are unable to be used due to the lockdowns and how they can be redistributed to other sectors such as healthcare, 

Acknowledging the importance of the role that arms play in securing peace in less developed nations,

Affirming that this serious issue requires international cooperation and multilateralism to resolve, 

Recalling how roughly 60% of global military expenditures is exhausted by five nations alone,

Fully alarmed about the significantly elevated risk to human life and social welfare effected by modern weapons including but not limited to space weaponry, hypersonic missiles, drone swarms, combat lasers,

Deeply concerned that the combined global quantity of nuclear warheads exceeds 15,000, equivalent to an amount enough to destroy civilization in its entirety multiple times over,

Noting with regret the serious potential for further escalation of tensions between not only global powers who are parties of essential disarmament treaties but also between all member states in the wake of a pandemic which has already given rise to the brisk proliferation of xenophobia on a dangerously large scale,

Emphasizing that global corporate debt, habitually a steadfast characterization of collective international economic welfare or the lack thereof, stood at 9.3 by the end of the 2020 fiscal year,

Convinced that government spending will only increase as the demand for PPE, COVID tests, relief packages as well as mass orders for vaccinations skyrockets following the third wave of the pandemic,

  1. Invites member states to consider the creation of a temporary sub-body to oversee the use of UN resources for domestic issues to alleviate the burden of managing problems domestic troops are not trained for to allow:
    1. the respective forces of member nations, either in part or in full, to return and take up previous posts where the familiar environment enables the use of their skill sets to maximum capacity
    2. the redirection of unarmed domestic troops to aid in the distribution of the vaccine as well as the operation of testing centres
    3. an enhanced global response to the pandemic as the employment of UN specialists to deal with domestic issues, largely COVID-related, will aid both individual nations in their internal affairs as well as enable the UN to maintain any necessary protection or military programs overseas;
  2. Recommends the reallocation of any funds unable to be utilized by national militaries due to decreased manpower capabilities and postponed operations as well as other implications of the pandemic at the discretion of sovereign governments towards pressing concerns such as tools and services required in the handling and mitigation of the pandemic so that:
    1. increased aid can be provided to the populace through redirected funding to hospitals in the form of compensation for procedures that citizens cannot afford due to the financial damage of COVID-19, medical staff payment, the purchase of vaccinations, and stimulus checks to boost the economy
    2. temporary facilities can be set up to aid in preventative and responsive measures for the pandemic including but not limited to:
      1. ICU units
      2. Testing centres
      3. Research and production locations for vaccines
    3. reduced military budgets will help the international community as a whole feel less threatened since the means for any nation to engage in any sort of conflict will be restricted, therefore allowing for decreased tensions
    4. fewer lives will be lost as a result of both:
      1. increasing funding towards preventative and reactive measures as well as much-needed equipment and resources in regards to COVID-19
      2. minimizing the number of lives lost in any conflicts that would have continued or potentially even escalated before the reallocation of capital;
  3. Calls for the creation of an online conference occurring biannually until the pandemic is over as declared by World Health Organisation (WHO), with the goal of making sure that all member nations that have shortages in resources such as medical supplies or any other resources relevant to the handling of the pandemic are catered to;
  4. Encourages the creation of a temporary application portal where member states can apply to the Central Bank for financial aid to cover the cost-push-inflation of any resources scarce due to high demand as a result of the pandemic;
  5. Proposes the continuation of a reduced military budget for UN nations in favour of other issues that have arisen due to the impact of the Coronavirus such as:
    1. national economic recuperation in the form of:
      1. stimulus bills
      2. bailouts to countries essential to national businesses
    2. advancement of the medical field such as:
    3. research into production methods of more sustainable PPE
    4. production of medical equipment:
      1. Continued research of coronaviruses
      2. Production of measures utilized in hygiene and sanitation
      3. Production of vaccinations;
  6. Recommends nation-states to implement the concept of corona bonds within the UN in order to instrumentalize a mutual debt frameworks.