Solving Greece’s economic crisis, Model UN
May 31, 2016
Avery Mutch, 14, is in eighth grade and EGMS. After being a part of Model UN last year she decided to do it again this year. The group had to choose a country and research their biggest problem and to figure out a way to fix it. Her group chose Greece.
For five months she and her group decided to fix the Greece economic crisis by increasing olive oil sales and tariffs.
“The hardest part of the Model UN project is getting all the information together for one speech,” she said.
“I didn’t expect to learn how olive oil was important to the Greek people,” she said.
The Author’s Speech that was given to the audience on May 11 in Steamboat Springs.
WHEREAS, Greece was down ranked to a developing country in July of 2015, and
WHEREAS, Greece is ranked 130/178 out of all countries in economy, and
WHEREAS, 20% of Greece is under the poverty line, and
WHEREAS, Greece has defaulted a total of five times and nearly 50% of its time as a country, and
WHEREAS, Greece owes 7.16 billion euros for borrowing too much money from European countries to pay off their earlier debts and pay for the wars they’ve had, and
WHEREAS, Europe’s deal with Greece nearly splits the Eurozone, and
WHEREAS, Greece is the third largest producer of olive oil in the world producing 400,000 tons of olive oil, and
WHEREAS, The European Union, EU, has required the olive oil manufacturers to package their product in five liter bottles or less, prohibiting bulk sales, and
WHEREAS,The olive oil market remains largely unregulated, and
WHEREAS, Greece enjoys 16% of the global market and more than 450,000 families in Greece depend on olive oil as a primary or secondary source of income, and
WHEREAS, Greece produces about 120,000 tons of table olives per year and is one of the country’s most important agricultural exports.
THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED:
We ask the UN to lift the tariffs on Greek olive oil. This would allow the olive oil manufacturers to raise import taxes, bringing more money into the economy.
We also ask that fellow nations import Greek olive oil to help aid Greece’s financial recovery. This would boost the olive oil sales, bringing in more money, thus assisting Greece in paying off its debts.
In addition to the requests above, we ask the EU to generously allow bulk sales and the UN to monitor the olive oil market. If bulk sales were allowed, Greece could mass produce olive oil, thus increasing sales, and making more money. This would help not just Greece, but also other nations.
The first day they presented their idea and if they passed they would present to the General Assembly.
Mutch’s group was one of eight that made it to the General Assembly. There were 24 countries represented in all.
All members of EGSD’s Model UN: Avery Mutch, Emma Belew-LaDue, Grace Johnson, Lela MeyersKayla Davis, Jayden Bergen, Hope Neeson-Newcomer, Sage Michel, Camden Burns, Marco Vogelbaucher, Dylan Cormican, Aidan Carver, James Gallagos, Henry Kacik, Leland Yoder.