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  • Economic and Financial Affairs Council — Harvard WorldMUN
    Pope Francis Closing Ceremony Registration How to Apply Registration Timeline Register Now Economic and Financial Affairs Council Priscilla Russo 17 Economic and Financial Affairs Council Meet the Chair Priscilla is a junior at Harvard College studying Economics with a secondary in Government She spent half of her childhood in Peru and the other half in New York It was this exposure to different cultures that first sparked her interest in international relations Priscilla s Model UN experience goes back to high school where as a freshman she fell in love with the extracurricular She even moderated a number of conferences in high school In college she had the opportunity to be on the Dais for the National High School Model UN Conference in New York and HMUN and HNMUN in Boston This is her second year chairing at World MUN and she looks forward to another whirlwind experience at World MUN 2016 The Topics Topic A Competitive Currency Devaluation Globalization and increased trade have made individual state economies much more interconnected Each state s monetary policy has the potential of drastically affecting global economic development and sustainability The rise of two currency wars in the past decade alone has drawn attention to the significant power that economic policy holds Concerns regarding currency manipulation come from developed and developing countries alike As the Economic and Financial Committee delegates will be asked to examine the strategy of competitive currency devaluation and assess its effects on emerging and developed economies They will then aim to propose an international position on different forms of currency manipulation and look for methods to address currency wars Topic B Effects of Oil Deflation on Global Markets The international community has endured the effects of changes in oil prices over the years From its price hikes in the

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/economic-and-financial-affairs-council (2016-02-16)
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  • Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee — Harvard WorldMUN
    and Cultural Committee Jessica Levy 18 Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee Meet the Chair Jessica Levy is ecstatic to be a part of the 2016 World MUN team Growing up outside Washington DC she became interested in government international relations and global development from a young age At Harvard she is a sophomore and studies Social Studies with a focus on political legitimacy and social justice Jessica is involved with many organizations on campus including the Institute of Politics International Relations on Campus Mentors for Urban Debate and Club Swimming She is incredibly excited to being part of what is bound to be an amazing conference next March She looks forward to meeting you all in Rome The Topics Topic A International Labor Standards Exploitation and rising inequality have accompanied globalization and economic growth around the world over the past century In response international actors seek international labor standards to universally regulate occupational practices International labor standards ILS legal guidelines and restrictions meant to facilitate the maintenance of proper work environments range from the codification of a worker s freedom of association to restrictions on employment termination to requirements of a minimum wage While proponents of ILS champion the regulations

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/social-humanitarian-and-cultural-committee (2016-02-16)
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  • Special Political and Decolonization Committee — Harvard WorldMUN
    He began participating in Model UN as a delegate during his freshman year of high school and continues his involvement with international relations in college where he is a director at HMUN 2016 and a team member on ICMUN Harvard s competitive traveling team Outside of Model UN Kaitavjeet works in an ALS lab at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute is Co President of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association and dances on the Harvard Bhangra Team In his free time Kaitavjeet enjoys biking tennis and cooking He loves meeting people from all around the world so feel free to stop him if you see him around Kaitavjeet is looking forward to his first WorldMUN experience and couldn t be more excited to welcome all of the delegates in Rome this year The Topics Topic A State Building An effective state must be able to provide for its citizens economically politically and socially By extension it must create the infrastructure and organize the workforce necessary to support these programs However as has been apparent in both recent and historical cases the ability of states to provide these benefits is significantly challenged in conflict ridden and newly independent states For example the recent ethnic and religious conflicts in Iraq and Syria or the aftermath of the India Pakistan partition or South Sudanese independence show the upheaval and chaos that can arise in these situations Such times of crisis bring about the questions of what the role of international bodies should be in promoting development and recovery This topic will consider the factors necessary for state building How can the political and socio economic fractures inherent in the previous system be avoided in the future Which aspects of infrastructural and international development should take precedence over others Delegates will be challenged to

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/special-political-and-decolonization-committee (2016-02-16)
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  • Legal Committee — Harvard WorldMUN
    from New York City but is always excited by the opportunity to explore a new urban jungle She is planning on studying sociology or international relations In addition to WorldMUN Abby will be directing a committee at one of Harvard s Boston conferences and doing logistical work for the other She also loves spending weekends travelling throughout the United States with Harvard s own Model UN team When not in the committee room she can be found in some body of water hiking through the wilderness and or stuffing her face with chocolate She cannot wait to learn about the world meet incredible people and explore new places with everyone at WorldMUN She is counting down the days already The Topics Topic A Intellectual Property Rights and HIV AIDS medications In the debate about patents for HIV AIDS medications both sides of the debate have the same goal which is ultimately to save lives Stronger patent law makes medications too expensive for many people especially in developing nations to afford That said without these protections for the profits of pharmaceutical companies they would not have the incentive or ability to continue innovating There are many innovative solutions that various bodies have proposed such as patent pools and compulsory licensing Yet even these solutions are controversial to those who believe they don t do enough for HIV AIDS patients or are harmful to pharmaceutical companies Meanwhile as many nations in the World Trade Organization WTO are calling for more relaxed patents the United States is making bilateral trade agreements with countries which binds them to adhering to stronger intellectual property law This topic affects every nation because each one is home to large pharmaceutical companies significant generic drug industries and or countless people who cannot afford medication Topic B Cybersecurity Cyberspace

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/legal-committee (2016-02-16)
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  • World Health Organization — Harvard WorldMUN
    a freshman in high school At Harvard Rajkumar is involved in Model UN and the International Relations Council having served as a Director for HNMUN HNMUN Latin America and HMUN India Under Secretary General of Business for HMUN as well as competing for Harvard on its traveling intercollegiate model MUN team Rajkumar has served as Co Chair of the Economic Policy Group at the Institute of Politics a member of Global Medical Brigades in Honduras and an Executive Board Member of the South Asian Healthcare Leadership Forum He enjoys playing tennis competitively and playing the alto saxophone This will be Rajkumar s second WorldMUN and as an aspiring medical doctor he is truly excited to serve as your Chair for the World Health Organization The Topics Topic A Water Crisis Waterborne Diseases and Sustainable Solutions As the world population continues to grow and sources of fresh water are being depleted and contaminated the emergence of health problems related to this world water crisis has placed the issue at the forefront of global health burden Therefore improving the quality of available water safely providing clean water to areas lacking it and finding solutions to waterborne disease management has become increasingly important There is causal evidence linking poor water quality to the propagation of diseases such as cholera diarrhea and polio In fact the World Health Organization estimates that nearly one million people will die this year from diarrhea resulting from unsafe drinking water alone Though a substantial portion of these deaths is preventable the lack of health infrastructure in developing regions makes it difficult to maintain adequate health care for those impacted by contaminated water usage Thus it is of utmost importance for the World Health Organization to address these crucial issues and provide guidance to the international community regarding the

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/world-health-organization (2016-02-16)
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  • High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development — Harvard WorldMUN
    of Hefei capital of Anhui Province in eastern China He moved to the US in 1999 and has lived in 5 different states over the past 15 years He had always wanted to do Model UN in high school and college made his dreams come true As part of WorldMUN 2014 Bowen chaired the ECOSOC committee of UNESCO and he is excited to be returning as a chair for the General Assembly In the past year he has had the opportunity to work in Silicon Valley and learn about the potential of technology to change our world At Harvard he is a representative on the Undergraduate Council and a project lead on the intercollegiate Data Ventures team In 2014 Bowen worked at Apple Inc Palantir Technologies and the San Francisco City Council During WorldMUN 2016 Bowen hopes to learn many more perspectives on how technology might support underdeveloped regions and combat the issues that afflict our world Go Rome The Topics Topic A Sustainable Energy Sustainable energy is energy obtained from sustainable sources such as sun wind or flowing water Better harnessing such energy sources will reduce dependence on fossil fuels which pollute our atmosphere and endanger our future To this end we must consider which green energy technologies might be best suited for various regions of the world Developing Asian nations for instance are following China s lead in adopting hydroelectric power Geothermal power is minimally invasive but viable locations exist in only certain parts of the world Solar power a widely known technology is sometimes not economically viable given the lengths of days in particular world regions and the costs of solar panels Considerations like these integrate knowledge of energy technology economics and geography making it a challenging problem to consider In the face of global climate change

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/high-level-political-forum-on-sustainable-development (2016-02-16)
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  • United Nations Human Rights Council — Harvard WorldMUN
    his second year on the Harvard World Model United Nations WorldMUN team and he s beyond excited to be a chair in the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC organ Besides his involvement in WorldMUN at Harvard Nabig also enjoys volunteering interning at public health organizations taking naps reading books his favorite being Harry Potter and just enjoying time with friends WorldMUN has been one of his most defining experiences on campus and he can t wait for all the learning laughs and friendship that will take place during WorldMUN s phenomenal 25th year The Topics Topic A The Right To Health Every individual regardless of who they are or where they come from should have the fundamental access to adequate healthcare and underlying determinants of health The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlined this right to health as one the key pillars of its overall human rights framework and in doing so mandated that all countries and states foster and establish conditions so that every person can be as healthy as possible This demand however has not been carried out in much of world as health care services and essential health determinants like safe water and sanitation are still inaccessible to an alarming number of groups and individuals This committee will hence explore what exactly it means for an individual to have this right to health along with what resources and services that every state should be required to offer this said individual The topic will also encompass and address numerous interconnected factors that also define access such as gender poverty disability and race And ultimately it will seek to apply a framework of law and health so that systems of healthcare around the world can all achieve the central elements of availability accessibility acceptability and quality Topic B Poverty

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/united-nations-human-rights-council (2016-02-16)
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  • European Union — Harvard WorldMUN
    and musicals swimming and playing water polo He has been working at Model UN conferences for four years with UNA USA Associazione Diplomatici Di MUN CWMUN HNMUN HMUN and obviously WorldMUN this is his second year as a Chair He participated as a delegate for the first two years of his Model UN experience and as a staff member afterwards He loves the idea of students from all over the world coming together to work for bigger common goals and he is excited to welcome all delegates to WorldMUN 2016 The Topics An experiment begun shortly after World War II the European Union was initially created to unify markets and customs It became a strong entity in 1992 with a newly unified continent after the fall of the Berlin Wall as it began to unify the legislation by issuing directives and regulations It became even stronger in 2000 with the introduction of the common currency and a unified monetary policy in the hands of the European Central Bank ECB Most economists agree that the next step in this unification process in the name of simplification and economic benefits is the enactment of the so called structural reforms By structural reforms experts in European contexts mean packages of national legislation that improve local markets labor markets financial markets goods markets etc and create easier transnational investment and more easily navigable economic landscapes In the words of the European Commission Structural reforms address impediments to the fundamental drivers of growth by unshackling labour product and service markets to foster job creation investment and productivity Key terms in this process are liberalization transparency simplification competition and innovation The need for structural reforms is one of the most debated topics with ECB President Mario Draghi being one of its strongest advocates and even going

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/european-union (2016-02-16)
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