CSTD: A Fractured, Split, and Mired Committee

TIMES OF INDIA –  The separation in The Commission on Science and Technology for Development amongst delegates and working paper groups has come to a decline in productivity, efficiency, and transparency. While many nations stress that transparency and communication is thriving in the committee, the delegates have found themselves separated into three distinct groups with similar ideas, but different working papers with little to no communication between them.

While these three groups have some overlapping ideas, the most prominent differences are stated. Group One stresses that existing technology should be used to mitigate crop management inefficiencies, and that the introduction of new technology would have a severe impact on farmers in developing countries. Group Two indicates that the danger of natural disasters such as floods and droughts will have the most severe impact on farmers. This group requests food supplies from developed nations, to help those in developing nations. Lastly, Group Three is mainly focused on agricultural education in developing nations, increased international transparency, and methods to decrease agricultural impacts.

Among these three groups, the irony is that while the above points indicate their differences, each group has overlapping ideologies about the best way to support Food Security and Fortification, but still chooses to stay separated and continue developing their own specific ideas. If unification of drafts is not initialized soon, their ideas will divulge even further, until the point where unification will not be possible based on low-level varying ideologies.

The Dominican Republic and El Salvador were called in for an exclusive interview on the situation. “The neo-imperialism fundraising of Western Powers and the swiping under the rug of sovereignty cause auspices of the promotion of bio-technological innovation, corporate monopolism and international crime within our committee.” These Member States assert that they are, however, working on a solution for this.

This lack of communication has resulted in a divided committee, with little to no hope of achieving a common goal. The CSTD must find a way to start working together, as each delegate says, even though few have begun doing so.