Country: United States of America
Delegate Name: Jaelyn Andrick
One of the first issues the United Nations tackled when first created in 1948 was the issue of genocide. Just a few years after the end of the Holocaust, the biggest genocide in world history, there were many different ideas and pathways for solving such a horrifying act. Genocide is defined in the dictionary as, “the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group.” Also created in 1948 was the Genocide Convention, however, this didn’t prevent many other genocides from happening in the years after. Although 153 countries have ratified the Genocide Convention, about 47 member states still have not ratified the convention, and many more have an unclear stance. The issue of genocide continues to grow, with many modern-day instances of genocide happening currently, which is why the true definition of genocide needs to be found and there needs to be a clear plan for those affected and those involved.
In order to fight against genocide, the United States of America has worked with many countries and passed many things in order to prevent genocide from happening again and to help the victims of genocides. Executive Order 13729, which is still in order, states “preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States.” Some of the prevention methods within this Executive Order include diplomacy, foreign assistance, justice and accountability, law enforcement, and more. In addition, the USA is also one of the countries that has signed and ratified the Genocide Convention.
The United States of America strongly prohibits and disagrees with genocide, in any shape or manner. The United States is willing to work with other countries to maintain international peace and update the Genocide Convention or create a new one, in order to prosecute those in power, and help the victims who were affected. The main issues are to end any genocides around the world, help the victims get justice, and further prevent any more genocides from ever happening again. The United States is willing to work with other countries in order to help properly define the issue of genocide, and help regain international peace.