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The Federative Republic of Brazil would like to welcome our fellow UN members in our hosting of the 2014 summit on world resources in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund. We hope that this will be a fruitful endeavour in which we can address and come to some agreements on the issues which have, do and will afflict our status of resources worldwide.

The Federative Republic of Brazil would like to issue our primary concerns as the following which have been identified alongside other countries:

- A concern for the status of economic wealth through resources and the problem of monopolisation.

-The issue of limited resources and methods of sustaining current stocks

- African resources and the vast unexploited resources which have yet to be claimed in the Antarctic continent

- The issue of balancing extraction of resources with conservation and ecological sensitivity.


Firstly, however, we would like to hear statements from both the security council and BRIC members:

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As a nation of vast natural resources ourselves, The Federative Republic of Brazil, has identified the need for a slowing down of Amazon resource extraction, particularly slash and burn techniques as well as lumber sale. We aim to introduce new offshore wind farms and have an increased reliance upon renewables, aiming for

However, we have noticed that there is several key issues we must address with our fellow BRIC members and members of the forum on top of our own problems.

Firstly, the dependency upon oil must be addressed in an ever warmer growing climate. The current oil dependency needs to be mended, with the current 80/20 split reduced to 60/40 within 30 years, with that dependency reversed within the next 50-70 years. Nations such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the UAE should consider using solar power as a major resource for income whilst reducing their current oil production for a greener and more sustainable future. We would also like to urge non-Arabian producers like Venezuela, the US and Russia to reduce bulk extraction activity within the next few years and seek more ecological-friendly viable options.

The spread of economic wealth must be counterbalanced with the reduced availability of resources worldwide. If we are to consider the proposed upcoming 'Chinese Century', we must also bear in mind that polarised dependencies for trade will lead overall poverty in the general population. We would wish to encourage local buying/regional buying to avoid cheap labour at the expense of regional worker losses. However, we do wish to progress the overall capital of all countries in the aftermath of the 2007 recession.

Concerning Africa and Antarctica, we would like to propose more UN investigation into resources produced from The Democratic Republic of Congo which has a notorious reputation of slave labour. On top of this, Africa must consider balancing its economic growth, which will be on the rise, with its conservational efforts. With the sad extinction of the Black Rhino, we would hope that African nations have taken on board the need to mediate extraction with ecological balance. Africa has a huge role to play for the need for gold and other mineral resources, but this will invariably encourage war lord activity. A more restructured regional African trade consulate must be established before international trade can transpire. As for Antarctica, we would hope that the current ATS will ensure no rush to carve up the continent will occur when more habitable terrain emerges.

As we hope to leave these talks with more environmentally friendly minded nations, we hope that we will achieve some success with this summit. Brazil awaits the discussion from our fellow BRIC members as well as all UN members.



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OOC: This has awesome potential but I'm way too tired to try and write a coherent and/or meaningful response right now. Definitely will tomorrow though. Nice one for starting this
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Mexico is pleased to be at this summit.

Mexico would like to state its interest in resource extraction under Antarctica.
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OOC: Should PierceBrosnan as representative for India not be quoted in here as well?

The Syrian Arab Republic has no comment to offer on this matter, but is looking to improve its trading agreements with the BRIC nations.
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Although due to some conspiratorial oversight our glorious nation is not included in either the BRIC nations nor the Security Council, The Democratic People's Republic of Korea views these problems as yet more evidence of the deficiencies of free market capitalism and would urge all countries to adopt our highly successful model for a planned economy.
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While the Russian Government recognise that climate change is a problem and we have taken some steps to tackle this such as meeting our requirements of the Kyoto protocol and being the fifth largest producers of hydroelectric power along with the building of our first solar power plant. However we will defend our rights to use the waters along the Arctic coast in the ocean, for shipping and to extract the resources there for Russian use and trade. We will match our oil production with that of oil demand in order to keep modern society functioning. As such we believe the best way to proceed is to encourage the development of non fossil fuel based power plants such as wind, tidal or nuclear. However we are planning on reducing the government's influence and control over the extraction of these minerals and making it more open to business and investors.

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Mexico is pleased to be at this summit.

Mexico would like to state its interest in resource extraction under Antarctica.
Russia would like to ask under what grounds does Mexico have any stake in resource extraction in Antarctica.

OOC: I believe the black Rhino isn't extinct yet, a subspecies, the western black rhino, is. Also I was quite surprised about Russia's solar power plant.
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While the Russian Government recognise that climate change is a problem and we have taken some steps to tackle this such as meeting our requirements of the Kyoto protocol and being the fifth largest producers of hydroelectric power along with the building of our first solar power plant. However we will defend our rights to use the waters along the Arctic coast in the ocean, for shipping and to extract the resources there for Russian use and trade. We will match our oil production with that of oil demand in order to keep modern society functioning. As such we believe the best way to proceed is to encourage the development of non fossil fuel based power plants such as wind, tidal or nuclear. However we are planning on reducing the government's influence and control over the extraction of these minerals and making it more open to business and investors.

Russia would like to ask under what grounds does Mexico have any stake in resource extraction in Antarctica.

OOC: I believe the black Rhino isn't extinct yet, a subspecies, the western black rhino, is. Also I was quite surprised about Russia's solar power plant.
Mexico believes that the current moratorium in Antarctic resource extraction is damaging to the interests of our population. The increase in resource extraction would have immeasurable benefits for the cost of living of our citizens and our businesses would be more than happy to extract said resources.
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Mexico believes that the current moratorium in Antarctic resource extraction is damaging to the interests of our population. The increase in resource extraction would have immeasurable benefits for the cost of living of our citizens and our businesses would be more than happy to extract said resources.
Russia would like to know if Mexico has any ideas for how if we were to remove the current requirement of having borders with the polar regions to access them, it would stop them becoming an all-out free-for-all resource war.
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The Kingdom of Spain: Although not a member of the BRIC countries would like to know what they can do to contribute to this summit.
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The Kingdom of Spain: Although not a member of the BRIC countries would like to know what they can do to contribute to this summit.
BRIC aims to have increased bilateral trade with the EU, particularly with Europe's need for raw materials. We hope that we can help build new relationships with the Spanish people through trading and an increased sense of community.

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While the Russian Government recognise that climate change is a problem and we have taken some steps to tackle this such as meeting our requirements of the Kyoto protocol and being the fifth largest producers of hydroelectric power along with the building of our first solar power plant. However we will defend our rights to use the waters along the Arctic coast in the ocean, for shipping and to extract the resources there for Russian use and trade. We will match our oil production with that of oil demand in order to keep modern society functioning. As such we believe the best way to proceed is to encourage the development of non fossil fuel based power plants such as wind, tidal or nuclear. However we are planning on reducing the government's influence and control over the extraction of these minerals and making it more open to business and investors.
esource extraction in Antarctica.
Will Russia not consider a more ecologically viable option that oil drilling in the Arctic? It would be wise to seek more environmentally friendly measures with the recent pressure from eco-groups such a Greenpeace.
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BRIC aims to have increased bilateral trade with the EU, particularly with Europe's need for raw materials. We hope that we can help build new relationships with the Spanish people through trading and an increased sense of community.



Will Russia not consider a more ecologically viable option that oil drilling in the Arctic? It would be wise to seek more environmentally friendly measures with the recent pressure from eco-groups such a Greenpeace.

The Kingdom of Spain:
very much welcomes increased trade agreements with Brazil and fellow BRIC countries which will be essential to grow and rebuild the economic not just in Spain but globally. Spain also hope to increase trade with fellow Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries which will not only benefit South America but also Europe.
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Apologies for France's late statement on the Summit, we were engrossed in A Song of Ice and Fire :ninja:

Quite evidently there is a problem with resource depletion in the world. With the combined hits of increased commodity prices and a vast increase in the population over the last few years, we are suffering as obviously we only have finite resources which are being depleted rapidly. France agrees with Brazil that there needs to be a vast reduction in the use of oil and a more heavily focused view on renewable energies. France is pleased that it only accounts for 0.08% of total oil production but would like to see the major oil producing nations take a more cautious approach to their extraction and production of oil.

France echoes the sentiments of the Brazilian representative that the African continent has a huge role to play in the coming years. Africa has defied global economic trends and this is in no small part due to their wealth of natural resources. Africa needs policies that will support future investment and we would like to work towards that over the course of this summit. As the Brazilian representative rightly points out corruption is still rampant and this must be brought to an end if there's any hope for the coming 'industrial revolution' in Africa. Another problem is that Africa is not reaping the benefits for many of its products. For example, Africa are only seeing 10% of the profits from its coffee sales which is plainly inadequate for economic prosperity. We need to pursue a global policy of fair trade because Africa's prosperity is in everyone's best interests.

We would like to hear comments of some of the countries with less than stellar environmental records. Especially that of Russia and what they plan to do to reduce their emissions and if they will switch to a more environmentally friendly type of energy.

Also, what are the views of the newly elected US representative on the summit considering their refusal to join the Kyoto Protocol, will they take steps to ensure a more sustainable future for our planet?

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Apologies for France's late statement on the Summit, we were engrossed in A Song of Ice and Fire :ninja:
OOC: I have a brilliant image of an entire nation gripped by mass hysteria as they do nothing but read for several days.

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France echoes the sentiments of the Brazilian representative that the African continent has a huge role to play in the coming years. Africa has defied global economic trends and this is in no small part due to their wealth of natural resources. Africa needs policies that will support future investment and we would like to work towards that over the course of this summit. As the Brazilian representative rightly points out corruption is still rampant and this must be brought to an end if there's any hope for the coming 'industrial revolution' in Africa. Another problem is that Africa is not reaping the benefits for many of its products. For example, Africa are only seeing 10% of the profits from its coffee sales which is plainly inadequate for economic prosperity. We need to pursue a global policy of fair trade because Africa's prosperity is in everyone's best interests.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea acknowledges the suffering of our African comrades, but rather than bow to the meaningless trade agreements imposed by colonial villains of poisonous blood we would urge the people to rise against a decomposing regime of capitalist tyranny and, with our full support and aid, declare a worker's republic stretching from Suez to the Cape.
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BRIC aims to have increased bilateral trade with the EU, particularly with Europe's need for raw materials. We hope that we can help build new relationships with the Spanish people through trading and an increased sense of community.
Germanywould like to enquire why BRIC countries would like to increase bilateral aid with the EU surely bilateral aid between The BRIC and African nations would be more useful?


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While the Russian Government recognise that climate change is a problem and we have taken some steps to tackle this such as meeting our requirements of the Kyoto protocol and being the fifth largest producers of hydroelectric power along with the building of our first solar power plant. However we will defend our rights to use the waters along the Arctic coast in the ocean, for shipping and to extract the resources there for Russian use and trade. We will match our oil production with that of oil demand in order to keep modern society functioning. As such we believe the best way to proceed is to encourage the development of non fossil fuel based power plants such as wind, tidal or nuclear. However we are planning on reducing the government's influence and control over the extraction of these minerals and making it more open to business and investors.
Germany ask that's if Russia was to match its oil demand with increasing production that it would be comfortable to accept the detriment to the environment and the ecology of the area. Furthermore if another oil pipeline was to be build would relevant precaution be taken to prevent the melting of the permafrost, as Russia's tundra landscapes are fragile and ground subsidence has taken place before.
Germany encourages Russia to increase renewable energy sources such as wind, tidal and HEP to invested into in the coming decades to decrease Russia reliance on fissile feuls in its energy mix.
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Mexico somewhat agrees with the stance of the USA regarding the Kyoto protocol and notes the Japanese acknowledgement that they will fail to achieve their targets.
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The EU welcomes the growth of the BRIC nations with opens arms but with caution.
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Germany calls for all MINT countries to be aware of this too...


MINT is a neologism referring to the economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey.[1][2] The term was originally coined by Fidelity, a Boston-based asset management firm,[2] and was popularized by Jim O'Neill of Goldman Sachs, who had created the term BRIC.[
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Can we draw any overall conclusions from this summit? Maybe someone could write something up?
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