The GIMUN 2016 Annual Conference, held from March 7th to 11th at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, gathered around 200 students for a model UN. In the past few days, we have had the honour of publishing reports on the six committees’ debates, brought to you by the journalists of the GIMUN Chronicles.
By Rosalyne Reber, translated by Marie-Ambrym Thivoyon
After a week full of emotions, new experiences and knowledge sharing, GIMUN’s 17th Annual Conference ended with a very moving and impressive closing ceremony during which appreciation for the work carried out by the event’s organisers over the last few months was shown and their roles were explained. This conference, which took place in the impressive setting of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, was a great success.
In the World Health Organisation (WHO) committee in particular, several debates were held to reach an agreement and vote resolutions on the two matters at hand. The topics were access to medicine in developing countries and improvements in the quality of healthcare systems worldwide.
The first step towards providing access to medicine in developing countries is to find ways to improve access to knowledge and generally reorganise the infrastructure of the countries concerned, thereby enabling them to become more independent in the long-term. The aim is to focus on the human resources available and keep the populations affected by these problems updated, so that they can develop in a more autonomous and sustainable way through access to knowledge.
It is still important to maintain partnerships between governments, but also with international organisations and NGOs. The main idea was to find solutions that will end social injustice in this area. The Member States wished to promote various measures that encouraged restructuring as a way to improve access to resource allocation. They also wished to encourage a fairer and more equal redistribution of wealth to ensure that production and infrastructure is better managed.
The issue of financing health care and the market price of medicines was discussed many times. It was stressed that public funding could be used to simplify the funding of medicines, especially in developing countries, but also that prices should be transparent and globally recognised. The involvement of the World Trade Organisation in this scheme could make it easier for countries to trade pharmaceutical products with each other. This would in a way constitute freedom from reglementary and legal measures, considering the restrictions WHO has put in place with regards to this matter.
Agreements were reached on the improvement of health systems across the world as all countries deemed the maintenance of fundamental human rights key to establishing a fair health system worldwide. It is necessary to support infrastructure development and improve working conditions in the healthcare sector, but also to intervene in the face of disparities between rural and urban areas, in collaboration with the security services and the executive powers. Health insurance should also be structured to meet the needs of both public institutions and the authorities.
Therefore, with new technologies, science and research, it is possible to find optimal solutions for healthcare systems around the world. Finally, it was important to mention different members of the health sector and these systems in the discussions, as this allowed for the development of a collective conscience that is focused on the wellbeing of individuals and meeting basic needs, in accordance with WHO guidelines.