Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies


The Economic and Social Council at HMUN 2019 includes the medium-sized councils, commissions, and programmes of the UN, which tackle issues of development, human rights, culture, economics, and trade. The Regional Bodies include both UN and non-UN committees that are made up of countries from specific regions, and discuss topics more specifically pertinent to those regions.

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Commission on Science and Technology for Development

Director: Emma Humphrey

Committee Summary

A Letter from the Director

Commission on Population and Development

Director: Benjamin Paris

Committee Summary

A Letter from the Director

United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific

Director: Andrew Halperin

Committee Summary

A Letter from the Director

Non-Governmental Organizations Programme

Director: Sophie Bauder

Committee Summary

A Letter from the Director

Dear Delegates,

Hi there! My name is Braeden Foldenauer, and I am so excited to be serving as your director for the United Nations Human Rights Council! Welcome to Harvard Model United Nations 2019! I am a sophomore at Harvard and am hoping to concentrate in Government with a secondary in Educational Studies. I am from Mississippi, and I have always had a passion for politics and service. On campus, I also work at the Admissions Office, am involved in the Institute of Politics, Harvard Dharma, Honor Council, and will be serving as a Peer Advising Fellow! In my free time, I enjoy jamming to my Spotify playlist, exploring (and usually eating at) different places in Cambridge, and watching way too many YouTube videos.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you! See you soon!

Sincerely,

Braeden Foldenauer
Director, United Nations Human Rights Council
unhrc@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown:Southaven, MS

Major: Government

Why HMUN? Braeden is very excited to be working with high school students, talking about very pressing issues. He is really looking forward to the opportunity to share my passion for International Relations and politics while also providing a fun and exciting weekend!

Advice for new delegates: Don't over-stress about the conference. This is an incredible chance to meet other students from around the world with similar interests and passions. Seize this opportunity to make new friendships, challenge yourself with a new topic, and have a fun time while doing it! Make sure you read the background guide and research how you think your country might deal with the issues at hand as well as how it might interact with other countries in your committee. But above all, remember to just have fun!

Fun Fact: Braeden grew up with a pet snake named Max, and he grew to 8 feet long!

The United Nations Human Rights Council this year will discuss the topic of Freedom from unlawful imprisonment, torture, and other inhumane treatment. Specifically, this committee will discuss the topics of extrajudicial killings, imprisonment of political dissidents, and treatment of terrorists. The United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is a human rights treaty ratified by the United Nations, which aims to prevent torture and cruel treatment of prisoners. Our first subtopic, the imprisonment of Political Dissidents, is a global phenomenon in which those opposing the government or criticizing those in power can be imprisoned for speaking out. Often times, these political prisoners are incarcerated for fabricated charges or are given unfair sentences, not fitting the crime. Our second subtopic, extrajudicial killings, denote executions of people by government authorities without any legitimate judicial proceedings. Extrajudicial Killings are prevalent throughout the world, such as in Syria, Iraq, Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion, the Philippines, and debate even revolves around the United States' use of drone strikes. Finally, the treatment of terrorists is one of great contention and debate. Many nations have been accused of detaining suspected terrorists indefinitely without trial and several accusations have been made of alleged torturing and breaches of human rights.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model United Nations 2019! My name is Nicole Moulia and it is my honor to be the director of the Commission on the Status of Women this year. I am currently a sophomore at Harvard College with an anticipated concentration in psychology and a secondary in government. I was born in Maldonado, Uruguay and immigrated to the United States with my family when I was very young; I now live in Boca Raton, Florida. I have a great interest in immigration law, social psychology, and international relations, and I hope to achieve a law degree in the future. I have a few years of MUN experience having competed in high school and staffed last year’s conferences. At Harvard, I am involved in both HMUN and our sister conference, Harvard National Model United Nations, and I volunteer at Small Claims Advisory Service with the Phillips Brooks House Association. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach and watching superhero movies.

In committee, we will be discussing real-world social issues that affect millions around the globe. My goal is that by the end of conference, you will have gained new perspectives and solutions to women’s rights issues, involvement in diplomacy and debate, and an overall positive MUN experience. Never hesitate to reach out if you ever have any questions or concerns, and I look forward to working with all of you at HMUN in the coming year!

Sincerely,

Nicole Moulia
Director, Commission on the Status of Women
csw@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Major:Psychology

Why HMUN? Nicole appreciates HMUN's incredible opportunity to explore and talk about issues that are relevant to the entire international community. She loves that HMUN allows her to meet and work with a number of individuals from different backgrounds with knowledge of varying issues, all of whom are able to come together to work towards a shared goal. She is presented with the chance to not only teach delegates about a crucial worldwide problem, but to also hear their own viewpoints on the topic and perhaps come to unique conclusions.

Advice for new delegates: Don't be intimidated by the supposed elite nature of the conference or by the experience of other delegates. No matter how many conferences you attend, there is always something new to learn, either from committee itself or from your fellow delegates. Be confident in your knowledge about the topic and in your nation's stance, but also be open to cooperation, compromises, and hearing another delegation's perspective on an issue.

Fun Fact:Nicole's favorite piece of trivia: Uruguay was the country to win the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, defeating Argentina 4-2 in the last match!

The global community has witnessed an outcry against sexual harassment and assault. With online movements like #MeToo, #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambién, and other activist campaigns bringing forth the reality of women’s lives, the problem of sexual harassment and assault has finally been placed in the global spotlight. Such recognition is why this year’s topic involves violence and harassment against women.

Violence and harassment against women form an oppressive barrier to progress in the social sphere and in the workplace. Sexism and rape culture continue to influence society, creating unsafe environments for women to live in and preventing them from being active citizens in the world; essentially, women cannot begin to exercise their rights before their safety is guaranteed. On an individual level, sexual violence and harassment have severe consequences on women’s physical and psychological health, as well as impacting their social lives and economic efficacy. With an estimated 35% of women worldwide having experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, the problem is far too extensive to be disregarded. As such, several related matters need to be addressed: social and workplace sexual harassment, a major barrier to equal treatment between women and men; domestic violence, made prevalent in some regions due to child marriages and social stigma towards those who come forward; female genital mutilation, a harmful practice that continues to be performed today and has affected more than 200 million women and girls worldwide.

This committee will look to comprehensively discuss these sub-topics and explore solutions that will combat these forms of harassment and violence. In doing so, the committee will uphold its ultimate objective of gender equality and female empowerment.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Commission on Science and Technology for Development! My name is Emma Humphrey and I am a sophomore at Harvard with an intended joint concentration in Computer Science and Archaeology. I am originally from Cohasset Massachusetts, and actually attended HMUN as a delegate when I was in high school. Since, I have gotten involved with Model UN in college, staffing both HMUN and HNMUN in addition to competing with our travel team and directing for HMUN China. Outside of the International Relations Council I play on Harvard’s Club Field Hockey team and am a Teaching Fellow for CS50, Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science Course.

I am so honored to be serving as your director at HMUN, and cannot wait to see your research and creativity in action at conference. The material covered in this committee is both difficult and imperative, a necessary leap for international relations that will almost certainly happen in the very near future. Our generation promises to be especially influential in pioneering policy to address the rapid spread of Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology, and I know that each of your positions, combined with your personal expertise, will bring immense diversity of thought and experience to this debate. I hope that my background guide serves as a helpful, approachable reference for you throughout your preparation, and please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions leading up to conference.

I look forward to meeting and learning from you!

Sincerely,

Emma Humphrey
Director, Commission on Science and Technology for Development Crime
cstd@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown: Cohasset, MA

Major: Computer Science and Archaeology

Why HMUN? Emma attended HMUN as a delegate when she was in high school and loved meeting and working with students her age from around the world. Plus, they have an Eataly in the Pru now.

Advice for new delegates: Have fun. The weekend of the conference will fly by, and it is worth taking the time to pause and enjoy what you are doing, get to know the people behind the delegation, and maybe see what Boston has to offer. (This might be biased, but Boston is the best.) With such emotionally charged topics and the desire to do well at conference, it can be easy to let yourself be consumed by the stress of the conference. Take the issues seriously, but do not forget that you can only produce your best work when you are healthy and happy.

Class year: 2018

Concentration: Government

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Favorite MUN moment: Leading a separatist movement in Crete!

Why HMUN? I'm passionate with sharing teaching younger students about international relations through MUN, and love the environment of growth and debate that it creates. I had an amazing time directing the Spanish-language Specialized Agency last year and could not imagine missing out on participating in HMUN in my senior year.

Advice for new delegates: Being confident and asking questions do not need to be mutually exclusive! You can absolutely have a major impact on committee as a New Delegate, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Power delegates are daunting, but often not very effective. Be sure to come in with your own goals and use personal strengths to achieve them, there is no "right" way to succeed in committee, and we love to see creative strategies!

Fun Fact:When Emma was in 8th grade, she spent her babysitting money on a plane ticket to California and went alone to see Disneyland at Halloween!

This year’s Commission on Science and Technology for Development will focus on the impact of Artificial Intelligence. International leaders in AI research have long lauded the future implications of this technology, citing potential uses ranging from cancer diagnosis to automated weapon systems. The general public and international community are now increasingly exposed to an explosion of these capabilities, creating a need for tangible guidelines.

Recently in the news there has been abundant discussion on ethical collection and use of user information, especially in light of Cambridge Analytica’s recent leaks of Facebook data. Companies such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon are constantly collecting statistics about every one of their users and then tailoring suggested purchases and advertisements to individual preferences. The power of this personal machine learning is immensely powerful for advertisers, but has dangerous implications for individual privacy, especially as machines get smarter and learn how to manipulate not only tangible preferences but emotional changes as well.

Alongside fear over ethical data use, concerns about AI are often tied to the software’s potential to have an immense impact on future job markets. Any task which involves repetition and pattern matching can be done by a computer at incredible speeds with minimal error, a level of efficiency that humans cannot match. This power gives AI technologies the potential to replace human laborers and experts worldwide at increasing rates as technology improves. While this will replace many jobs that currently exist, it will also create an incredible need for technically-trained experts who can create and maintain these systems, increasing the importance of global STEM education.

Finally, the tangible capabilities of AI to improve existing technologies have both frightening and exciting potential ramifications. For one, the pattern matching prowess of AI can help to track and predict the spread of disease, helping humanitarian efforts better target their aid into communities which will be hit the hardest. This same approach can be manipulated to map the growth of cancers in a body or the dispersion of ideas across a campus. However, it can also be used to create automated weapons, capable of being deployed with extremely specific targets and set off without any human loss for the attacker.

These topics often raise more questions than answers, spurred by uncertainty about the true capabilities of AI and how far humans will be willing to take them. Your final resolutions will need to be both realistic and firm, a reflection of 21st century values, hopes, and fears as we move into an increasingly data-driven world.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model United Nations 2019! I’m Benny Paris, and I’m excited to be your director for the U.N. Commission on Population and Development. I am a Sophomore at Harvard College, and I’m hoping to concentrate in Applied Mathematics or Electrical Engineering. I was born in Detroit, MI but grew up just outside of Chicago, IL. As such, I’ve seen firsthand many problems related to population and development, as well as many of the attempted solutions to said problems. At Harvard, I am a member of the John Adams Society, the Harvard Political Union, the Institute of Politics, and Satire V (our premier satirical publication).

This is a unique committee in the ECOSOC Organ of HMUN; population and development issues manifest themselves in ways that effect every country differently. This means that the perspective of each individual country is of even greater importance than in a typical committee. I hope that this experience will help you improve your skills of debate and persuasion, and that the coalitions you build will truly be ones founded upon cooperation and conviction. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time via email at cpd@harvardmun.org if you have any questions, concerns, or curiosities at any point leading up to conference. I’m very excited to be working with you all at HMUN 2019!

Sincerely,

Benny Paris
Director, Commission on Population and Development
cpd@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown: River Forest, IL

Major: Undeclared

Why HMUN? Benny really enjoyed his experience doing MUN in high school, and HMUN is a way that he can contribute to that sort of experience for other students.

Advice for new delegates: Above all, be sure you're not talking at the committee, but with the committee. The goal of debate, especially the fast-paced off-the-cuff debate of MUN, is to persuade your peers. On that note: don't be afraid to speak. A simple speech that raises a good question, reiterates a relevant issue, or expresses a personal concern is infinitely more valuable than a fancy but polarizing declaration.

Fun Fact:Benny and his father restored a 1978 Chevy Camaro a couple years back, and Benny still drives during the summer!

The UN Commission on Population and Development, which grew out of the original ECOSOC UN Population Commission, is committed to the study of and advocacy for solutions to global problems of population, demographics, development, and growth. The topic of this year’s Conference, Property Rights, is a key factor for both the population dynamics and development potential for the international community. Property Rights have and continue to form the foundation of a vast part of our global economy. Indeed, the standard division between economic systems, at the most basic level, is the extent to which property rights are protected (or expected) as a matter of political principle. Similarly, thinkers from Adam Smith and Thomas Malthus to Karl Marx and G.K. Chesterton have theorized about the effects of property rights on human order.

Indeed, the relationship between property rights and economic, political, and overall human development is especially apparent in three particular areas. The first of these is Urbanization, Urban Planning, and Zoning Laws, which are especially pertinent in nations undergoing a transition from more rural population distribution to the concentration that characterizes cities. Different models and effects of urban policies can be seen in places like Manchester, UK, Palo Alto, CA, and Shanghai, China. The second subtopic concerns the enforcement of international property claims with respect to technology; looking to the future, it is clear that international property rights (especially intellectual property) will become a deciding factor in shaping the global economy. This has already been seen in situations like the 20th Century Sony VCR patent case and in Chinese IP violations in recent years. Finally, the third subtopic that will be key to characterizing the nature of property rights with respect to population and development is that of the community effects of property. The family, a crucial part of population dynamics worldwide, is changed by the way in which property is organized, distributed, and regulated, from the homeownership boom in midcentury America to the reality of land scarcity and low birthrates in built-up nations. Similarly, property rights affect and are affected by local customs, laws, and traditions that stand opposed to new schemes for improved population growth or economic vigor.

In all, the issue of property rights is fundamentally related to the dynamism of a nation’s economy, and its scope is one of international importance. The Commission on Population and Development’s pursuit of policy guidelines for property rights will have great bearing on the futures of member nations and nonmembers alike.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model United Nations 2019! My name is Claire Shi and I am extremely excited to serve as your director for the International Monetary Fund. Currently I am a sophomore at Harvard studying Applied Mathematics with Economics. Born and raised in New Zealand, I now live in Sydney, Australia. My passion for international relations was certainly sparked through my experiences back home, and even more so that I now study in the United States. In particular I am very interested in bridging the gap between academic research and economic policy, so at Harvard I am involved with research in Economics and Psychology as well as Harvard’s MUN travelling team. I also enjoy playing piano, swimming, and squash.

In committee we will be discussing some of the most topical issues in the macroeconomic and international market. In doing so, I sincerely hope that you will leave with the beginnings of a world view in economics in order to engage in future conversation. On that note, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns. I wish you all the best and see you at HMUN 2019!

Sincerely,

Claire Shi
Director, International Monetary Fund
imf@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown: Palmerston North, New Zealand

Major: Applied Mathematics/Economics

Why HMUN? For Claire, her passion in MUN started in high school, and HMUN is a perfect conference to empower delegates to improve their speaking skills, but also gain a different world perspective. It's incredibly important to have one, and you'll carry the knowledge you gain at HMUN with you for a long time.

Advice for new delegates: Do not be afraid to speak up. Your opinion, regardless which country you're representing is valuable. Whether you are the United States or Mauritius, you have an equal right to talk in committee.

Fun Fact:Coming from New Zealand, the horticultural industry is rather important, and Claire did scientific research on bumblebees for four years in high school!

One of the most basic economic concepts in the market is the idea of “No free lunch” – you can’t get something for nothing. Universal Basic Income (UBI) is exactly this – giving every citizen a check in the mail, or rather a guaranteed income. The idea has only recently gained momentum amongst policy makers, and what has really spurred its popularity today is the rise of artificial intelligence along with the older argument of wealth inequality. However, the implementation of UBI suggests major government restructuring of current economic welfare programs, not to mention the argument ‘we will survive the robots’ still exists.

Today, countries such as Finland and Kenya are undergoing test trails of UBI on a small scale, however, if they expand the program, their government, and all governments considering UBI have numerous financial challenges to face, including funding, productivity, and income redistribution. With 189 member states, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aims to seek international economic cooperation on a global scale. However, with changing political perspective on wealth redistribution, boom of the technological sector, potential repeats of the 2007 Financial Crisis, the IMF’s role is more crucial than ever due to vast differences in where countries stand on these issues. This is what makes the IMF’s position on the UBI debate difficult but essential.

Dear Delegates

Welcome to HMUN 2019! My name is Grace Bannister and I am honored to serve as your director for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. I am currently a sophomore at Harvard with an anticipated concentration in history with a secondary in archaeology or government. Outside of class, I participate in Harvard National Model United Nations and am involved with the Harvard Institute of Politics. In my freetime, I enjoy writing, watching TV, and talking (too much?) about my hometown.

On that note, I am originally from the small town of Logan, West Virginia, and we did not have Model United Nations or any international relations organizations at my high school. In fact, HMUN 2018 was my first MUN conference. I am so excited to be back at HMUN this year as your director!

In this committee, we will be working to address the dynamic and complex issues come along with international drug trafficking. I look forward to seeing how you all approach this problem. My hope is that this committee will be an engaging learning experience for all of us from which we will take a deeper understand of this very serious issue. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m here to make this committee the best it can be for all of us - I look forward to working with you all at HMUN this year!

Sincerely,

Grace Bannister
Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
unodc@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown: Logan, WV

Major: History

Why HMUN? Before HMUN 2018, I had never done Model UN. My high school didn't have any MUN organizations, and I had only vaguely heard of the concept through television. At HMUN 2018, I was amazed to see the benefits of MUN to both delegates and staff. It is truly a learning environment where students and staff from around the world gather to learn from one another. I'm returning to HMUN 2019 in order to help continue that environment of learning and growing. Model UN is a great and supportive community, and I am happy to be a part of HMUN 2019!

Advice for new delegates: Ask questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Model UN and be a stressful environment, but the staff is here to support you and make this conference the best it can be for every delegate - whether this is your first or fiftieth conference. Everyone is new to something at some point - take this as an opportunity to learn and grow. Don't worry about not being perfect: no one is!

Fun Fact:Grace once wore a pantsuit and blonde wigto play Hillary Clinton in a parody video of the Bill Clinton impeachment scandal!

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was founded in 1997 and has since become the international leader in crime and unlawful drug prevention. Every nation in the world is in some way affected by the production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs. The international community has been working for many years to mitigate the issue of illicit drug smuggling across national borders; however, these efforts have yet to produce comprehensive measures that have had a significant impact on the levels of international drug trafficking. In this committee, we will be addressing problems directly caused by international drug trafficking and the underlying issue of addiction that allow the crisis to continue. The main issues that we will be addressing are: the legal ramifications of international drug crime, narcoterrorism/the drugs trade and terror finance, and the global opioid dependency. This committee will use the dynamism of crisis to mirror the fluctuations in information and activity that exist in drug crime. The issues we will be addressing in this committee are critical and have long-reaching implications that affect both developed and developing nations across the globe. International cooperation is key to tackling illicit drug smuggling in a way that is both effective and lasting.

Dear Delegates,

MWelcome to Harvard Model United Nations 2019! My name is Alec Fischthal and I will be the director of the European Union Committee. I am a sophomore at Harvard concentrating in Government with a Secondary in Economics. I am from Long Island, New York, and grew up about forty minutes away from Downtown Manhattan. At Harvard I am involved with Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model UN Team, Harvard National Model United Nations and the Institute of Politics. In my free time enjoy tennis, excessively big biographies and learning esoteric historical trivia.

This year, the European Union committee will be tackling what is one of the most pressing challenges facing Europe— the impending British Exit from the E.U. In March 2019, the 2 year negotiation period triggered by Article 50 will expire, and Britain will leave the Union with, or without a deal. As a committee, we will be debating some of the most pressing issues that have prevented a workable Brexit deal from being put in place. The work that you do for this committee will have ramifications for not just Great Britain, but for the future of further continental integration

My hope for conference is that you will leave with a greater understanding of not only the Brexit process, but of the greater ramifications Brexit will have on the future of Europe and the world. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have. I cannot wait to see you all at HMUN!

Sincerely,

Alec Fischthal
Director, European Union
eu@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown: North Woodmere, NY

Major: Government

Why HMUN? HMUN is an incredibly rewarding experience for not only the delegates, but the staff as well. As an Assistant Director at HMUN 2018 , he was able to see first hand how both students and staff were impacted by the committees of which they were a part. Alec would like to continue this legacy of impactful education at HMUN 2019.

Advice for new delegates: Try to immerse yourself in the committee. Get to know your fellow delegates and use conference as an opportunity to make friends. Don't be afraid to speak your mind, particularly when you know that you have good ideas to add to the discussion. Be diplomatic, cooperative but willing to be assertive when the time calls for it. Above all, enjoy your conference experience!

Fun Fact:Alec had an illustrious, week-long career as a meme among the 65+ crowd after his stunning defeat on national television in the Jeopardy Teen Tournament Final. It was just as brutal as it sounds!

Brussels, 2019. An uncertain future awaits the European Union. In 2016, the United Kingdom voted to being procedures to leave EU, setting off a flurry of negotiations and a race against the clock to seal a favorable exit deal. For three years the EU has faced the looming reality that the March 2019 deadline for exit was approaching. Faced with the impending prospect of a British Exit from the European Union without a deal in place, the 27 constant member states of the European Union must come to a workable agreement with the British government, or risk walking away with nothing

If done improperly, British Exit from the European Union threatens to unravel the work of half a century of integration, leaving the EU as a relic on the ash heap of history. In this committee, delegates will have a hands on experience negotiating a workable Brexit deal forging creative solutions to the persistent problems that have prevented a deal from being reached. Issues of contention such as the future of British-European Trade, the free movement of people and the rights of EU Citizens will be addressed. Any discussion of Brexit must also weigh its impact on the future of the remaining EU states. Delegates will have to take precautions to preserve the future Union’s stability or risk setting a dangerous precedent. Some see Brexit as heralding the end of efforts toward further integration, others see it as the galvanizing push needed to advance the Union’s cause. The path you chose is up to you— embrace the winds of nationalism and populism, or keep up the fight for greater integration.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model United Nation 2019! My name is Andrew Halperin and I am excited to be the director for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. I am a sophomore at Harvard and am going to concentrate in Applied Math Economics. I was born and raised in the suburbs of New York city and was, unfortunately, born into loving bad sports teams (Jets, Knicks, Mets), but was also lucky enough to be born close to the United Nations building in New York City. At Harvard, in addition to HMUN, I participate in the Institute of Politics, baseball, intramural sports, and Harvard Model Congress.

Our committee experience will be very interesting and unique from other traditional Model UN committees and my hope is that you will leave with stronger negotiation skills and a better knowledge of trade agreements and their importance to the modern globalized economy. Always feel free to reach out to me at any time if you have any questions. I cannot wait to see you ask at HMUN this coming year!

Sincerely,

Andrew Halperin
Director, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
unescap@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown: Scarsdale, NY

Major: Applied Math Economics

Why HMUN? HMUN is the best Model UN conference Andrew attended as a delegate and the best conference he has helped run. HMUN creates a great balance between meeting and learning more about other delegates around the world and learning more about important topics during committee. He continues to come back to HMUN because he learns something new each conference, and he enjoys the great people and information he learns more about during the conference. Overall, HMUN is a unique experience that delegates and staffers will always remember and, he hope that you all feel the same way after attending HMUN!

Advice for new delegates: Push yourself to become engaged in the conference to learn as much as possible. Andrew highly recommends that all new delegates speak during the first committee session because every delegate can use their research to talk about any issue within the topic. The first speech is always the hardest, but, after the first speech, speaking in committee and working in a bloc become much easier and makes committee more fun and meaningful. If any new delegates have any questions before or during committee, they should reach out to Andrew!

Fun Fact: Andrew is the only one of his siblings who was not born in California!

Topic Area: A Western Hemisphere Free Trade Deal

The topic for UNESCAP this year will be trade agreements. Trade agreements should be a very interesting topic to explore with respect to Asia and the Pacific because of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the already existing Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA). Within the topic of trade agreements, we will be exploring different types of free trade agreements, sanctions and responses to human rights violation, consumer protection, and the protection of intellectual property rights. This committee will follow a somewhat untraditional resolution writing process because of the nature of trade agreements and will be a more fast paced, action heavy committee with some crisis. Resolutions will be more action based in writing trade agreements among blocs and reacting to crisis to improve, adapt, and merge agreements. Trade agreements are a major aspect of the global economy and are very important to understand but should also should lead to a very substantive and interesting committee, which will lead to valuable knowledge that will extend beyond Model UN.

Hello Delegates,

My name is Davis Tyler-Dudley, and I am looking forward to serving as your director for the historical NATO committee in this year’s Harvard Model United Nations. I am currently a sophomore living in Kirkland House, and I plan to concentrate in Social Studies, an interdisciplinary field of study similar to other universities’ Philosophy, Politics, and Economics majors. I am also pursuing a secondary in Neurobiology, with a possible language citation in Russian. I was born and raised just south of Birmingham, Alabama where, somewhat surprisingly, my education brought me into contact with a great number of people with a wide range of diverse and international backgrounds. Making friends with students from other countries or those whose parents had immigrated gave me a broader perspective on many things and amplified my preexisting interest in international affairs. I am now heavily involved in many different extracurricular programs within the International Relations Council here at Harvard, all of which have provided me with a good excuse to keep up my hobby of learning foreign languages. In my time not spent in class or with the IRC, I can usually be found practicing piano or singing with my a cappella group, the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones.

In regard to my committee, I hope you will all find that our topic has become more relevant than ever in recent months as more and more news reports surface focusing on tensions between Russia and the West. We should use our luxury of hindsight to consider the course of action that NATO member states took to shape and mold the new international order that emerged as the Cold War drew to a close. I look forward to seeing each you discuss your country’s perspectives on the issues of this topic and debate what path the organization as a whole should follow in order to ensure the best possible outcome

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to seeing all of you soon!

Sincerely,

"Davis Tyler-Dudley
Director, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
nato@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown:Indian Springs, AL

Major: Social Studies

Why HMUN? HMUN provides a fantastic opportunity to create connections between Harvard undergraduates and high school students in an environment that is both fun and educational. This allows the conference to have a tangible impact on the development of delegates as students and leaders, exposing them to new and interesting issues in international relations as well as allowing them to practice a wide range of valuable skills. By the end of each conference, Davis believes that the staff learn just as much from the delegates as the delegates do from the staff, and that's something that makes HMUN a truly unique experience.

Advice for new delegates: Be brave. A Model UN conference can be an intimidating environment, but it should not stop you from being able to express your viewpoint and participate in committee proceedings. You know your information. You are ready for this. So take a moment to breathe, compose yourself, prepare your thoughts, and then present them. The dais knows that you can. More importantly, you do too.

Fun Fact:Davis can rap "HUMBLE" by Kendrick Lamar at double speed!

EThe end of the decades-long Cold War entailed the greatest shift in the geopolitical balance ofpower since World War II. In this committee, delegates will work in a historical scenario lasting from 1989 to 1991 to create a comprehensive treaty that addresses the myriad of crises and issues that arose during this time period. The three main subtopics that will necessitate considerable attention in the delegates’ discussion will include the fall of the Berlin Wall and its aftermath, thequestion of the Soviet arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, and the possible dissolution of the Soviet Union itself. They should take into account the impacts that these topics and the committee’s response to them will have on the geopolitical, military, economic, and human rights situation in both Europe and the world at large, and feel free to diverge from the path that NATO followed historically.

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the sixty-sixth session of Harvard Model United Nations! My name is Yash Kumbhat, and I’m a sophomore studying Social Studies and English at the College. I was born and raised in Kolkata, India, where every taxi driver, waiter, and teenager is a political expert. Over the years, this culture has bolstered my ability to think analytically and engage substantively in discourse that matters. At HMUN 2019, I hope to extend that same opportunity to you. On campus, I’m involved with WorldMUN, Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model UN team, and the Crimson Arts board. In my free time, I like to listen to music and try to write fiction.

Across India, the political system is caught in a current of regressive right-wing populism. Over the course of committee, we will navigate the murky waters of Indian politics, tackling religious bias and the grave impacts it has on society. I can’t wait to see all of you at conference! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Best of luck, delegates!

Best Wishes,

Yash Kumbhat
Director, Rajya Sabha, Upper House of the Indian Parliament
ip@harvardmun.org

Class year: 2021

Hometown: Kolkata, India

Major:English

Why HMUN? When he was in high school, Yash didn't love Model UN. Unfortunately, his experiences were marred by overzealous delegates and uninvested directors. However, here were several conferences that he loved too, and they were the ones that stressed the importance of substantive excellence and diplomacy. He became involved with HMUN to help show other high school delegates just how much fun Model UN can be, and how much you can learn from it. Yash will do his best to make sure this committee is fun and informative, and that you leave with a sense of accomplishment. If there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to reach out to Yash!

Advice for new delegates: Relax! No one is going to laugh at you, no is going to make you feel small. If anything, putting yourself out there is really brave! So, relax. Have a fun time!

Fun Fact:Balloons make Yash uncomfortable!

In 1917, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore published a series of essays on nationalism; in them, he wrote: “Neither the colourless vagueness of cosmopolitanism, nor the fierce self-idolatry of nation-worship, is the goal of human history.” Today, a century after the fact, his words have been lost in the tides of a toxic brand of nationalism. India, over the last five years, has witnessed a sea-change in the nation’s political discourse. The Bharatiya Janata Party, or the BJP, was elected into power in 2014 and since, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has, in a number of ways, bolstered a culture of religious bias and islamophobia. In fact, prejudice has even been enshrined in law. In the western state of Maharashtra, members of the BJP have been able to ban the sale of beef (the cow is considered holy in Hinduism), curbing fundamental democratic liberties, like the right to control one’s diet, at the behest of religion. At the center and in other states, the assault on secularism and democracy has manifested in different iterations, from Chief Ministers that openly advocate the abduction and mistreatment of Muslim women, to re-writing history textbooks and replacing fact with fiction, purporting conspiracies about Hindu-Muslim tension that stretches back for centuries. Delegates, at conference, the Rajya Sabha will focus on returning India to the tenets of its secular constitution. We will debate the place of religion in law, and the possibility of enacting a uniform civil code to govern the country. We will turn a critical eye to the distress that majoritarianism and state-supported religious bias can impose upon minorities, whether women, Muslims, or victims of the caste system. Additionally, we will also discuss the role of educational reforms in shaping a new, forward-thinking generation of tolerant Indians. As a committee, it is your responsibility to decide what issues matter the most to you, and how you would like to solve them. I will do my best to guide you in the right direction; but, at the end of the day, this is your conference. This is your India, govern it as you see fit. At the end of these three days, I hope you leave having learned a little about the world’s largest democracy and the challenges that come with such diversity. Hopefully, committee will help refine your public speaking skills and you will return a better, more confident orator than when you arrived. Most importantly, I wish, if nothing else, you take away the importance of tolerance and empathy, and learn from the mistakes of prejudiced politicians. This committee is very close to my heart, and I am so honored to share this experience with you. If you’d like to continue the conversation, stop by and say hello, and we’ll talk politics!

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model United Nations 2019! My name is Sophie Bauder and I will serve as your director for the NGO Committee this conference. I am a sophomore at Harvard with an anticipated concentration in Government and secondary in Theater, Dance, & Media. I grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, about 45 minutes north of NYC, and I’ve always been interested in international activism and organization. At Harvard, I have been involved with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Harvard Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players, the Institute of Politics, and Harvard National MUN.

I am so excited to work with you all in committee, and I hope you will leave with a better understanding of how some of the world’s largest NGOs handle pressing issues, and increased communication and negotiation skills. If you have any questions between now and HMUN, please contact me at any time! I cannot wait to see what you all bring to committee.

Apply to the NGO Programme.

Sincerely,

Sophie Bauder
Director, Non-Governmental Organizations Programme
ngo@harvardmun.org

Environmental justice is a topic that considers the intersections between social justice and ecological issues, a crucial connection that impacts the lives of millions worldwide. Environmental justice asks questions about equity and safety, science and law, policy and data; it thus involves a number of NGOs, all perhaps with differing individual goals and fields, a quality that renders it the perfect fit for the NGO Committee. The three subtopics of environmental justice that we will be approaching include water crises, climate change, and sustainable development. Case studies for water crises include the water quality disaster in Flint, Michigan, which began in earnest in the early 2010s and continues to this day, and the Cape Town drought. Case studies for climate change include threatened indigenous communities in the Arctic and refugees from Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria. Case studies for sustainable development include China’s recent work and India’s upcoming energy crisis.

Class year:2021

Concentration: Government and Theater, Dance & Media

Hometown:Croton on Hudson, NY

Why HMUN? After Associate Directing HMUN at the 2018 Conference, Sophie knew that she wanted to return to Direct; working with students who are so involved, passionate, and intelligent even before college is such a special experience!

Advice for new delegates: Do your research and work hard, but most importantly, be respectful and kind to your fellow delegates. MUN should not be an unhealthy environment; it's about diplomacy and dialogue, and that is impossible to achieve without an atmosphere of fairness and understanding.

Fun Fact: Sophie almost got attacked by a goat while leaving the Great Wall of China!