Topic: MONUSCO – Peacekeeping Efforts in the DRC
Delegate Name: Brayden Beson
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has suffered immense physical and economic losses due to conflicts and violence, such as those perpetrated by groups like M23. Despite the efforts of the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUSCO), the lack of meaningful progress has caused many Congolese to become disillusioned and support anti-MONUSCO efforts. This has resulted in millions of deaths, tens of millions of people displaced from their homes, economic turmoil, and a catastrophic humanitarian crisis, including a shortage of medicine, food, and clean water. These events not only affect the DRC, but also neighboring countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda, as well as the rest of the world. The DRC is the world’s largest producer of cobalt, which is used in the production of batteries, and a decrease in cobalt production and exportation due to conflict could have global repercussions.
As a nation that supports the DRC, Albania stands with MONUSCO in promoting civil change and bringing peace to the region. We are committed to finding long-term solutions to the conflict, and to address the humanitarian issues and poverty that have been exacerbated by the violence. Albania is open to various means of assisting families who have been displaced from their homes and have lost loved ones due to this conflict. Our goal is to push for a violence-free resolution to the conflict, particularly with groups like M23. Albania also supports resolutions for the growing poverty rate and humanitarian issues.