Delegate: Dane Webb
School: Williamston High School
The dilemma in Libya is an ongoing and very nuanced issue. There are many moving parts that need to be dealt with on many different fundamental levels. There are multiple facets that must be viewed, such as allowing Libya their national sovereignty to decide upon their own leader, whilst still making sure that said leader accepts and understands the duties this leadership bestowed upon them comes with. Along with that, theirs the issues of drastically increasing death rate, decreasing life expectancy, high poverty rate that coincides with constantly rising inflation, and insistent terrorism that plagues the nation. So what are we to do about it?
The first thing that needs to be done is an establishment of leadership. Libya needs a leader who is there to support the country on its recovery and reconstruction from this war torn state. One that understands the moral implications of his position and does not bow to corrupt policy for the sake of personal gain. Obviously the UN cannot overrule the national sovereignty of Libya, but it can offer endorsement and aid to potential leaders that UN sees fit to drag Libya out of the war torn status it has sadly found itself in for so long. Still, this does not address the issues of poverty and inflation, as well as mass migration due to displacement thanks to rampant terrorism, but if any of that is to be solved later, Libya needs a strong foundation of government to stand strong and guide its country trhough reconstruction.
Beyond that, the UN can urge bigger more stable countries to provide medical aid, financial aid, and possibly send UN peacekeeping troops to help the developing government establish themselves as the true Libyan government. Along with that, the UN can establish NGO’s for the purpose of gathering funding from the general populous to then give to the newly established Libyan government. I believe while this is a bit basic, it is the new start Libya needs on its path back from the depths of terror to a bright new future.
- Dane Webb