First Issue: 

Terminating the poaching and illegal trade in ivory and horns of elephants and rhinoceroses.

Thousands of Rhinoceroses and tens of thousands of Elephants are killed yearly for the ivory located within their tusks. The raw ivory found within the horns of Elephants and Rhinoceroses is utilised in the creation of jewellery and items which are sold in countries all over the world, through the Ivory Trade. In addition to that, the rarity of the ivory and the Keratin found within it also further increases the demand.

The Ivory Trade has grown significantly over the years and continues to pose a threat to the resilience of the Rhinoceros and Elephant population. Over the past few years, approximately 35,000 Elephants have been killed for their tusks and 1,215 Rhinoceroses. This shocking growth in poaching could lead to the extinction of Rhinos in three years and the extinction of Elephants in nine.

The central aim of this council is to create meaningful resolutions that will combat the issue of the illegal trade of the Ivory found within the tusks of Elephants and Rhinoceroses. The preservation of these species is key to the preservation of the Earth’s biodiversity.

 

Second Issue:

Combating the increasing threat of Sino-Korean trade relations concerning the Nuclear Program.

The relationship between China and North Korea is a complicated one. However, China has been North Korea’s main trading partner for many years and has helped sustain the country by being North Korea’s main source for energy and food.

The recent nuclear tests conducted in Pyongyang’s has furthered the strain on an already complicated relationship as China has continuously advocated for the denuclearisation of North Korea through the ‘Six Party Talks’.  In the year 2006 when North Korea first began nuclear testing Beijing was one of the countries to support the imposing of sanctions on North Korea’s testing though the ‘UN Security Council Resolution 1718’.

With the more recent tests many companies in China have begun to strain North Korea economically for example businesses were able to restrict the financial activities of North Korean individuals and business and suspend fuel sales (2017).

The main goal of China is to keep the stability in the Korean peninsula and they do so, by supporting and continuing to trade with North Korea. By doing so, China acts as a buffer between North Korea and the democratic South.

The ultimate goal of this council is to discuss and combat the ever-growing threat of the Sino-Korean trade relations. The council should discuss this issue in regards to the Nuclear program and the recent nuclear tests conducted in Pyongyang.

 

For any inquiries regarding this council, please feel free to contact the chairs at wto@bayanmun.com