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  • World Conference on Women — Harvard WorldMUN
    the Women s Initiative in Leadership at Harvard Institute of Politics a biomaterials researcher at the Wyss Institute and a dancer at heart While this will be Eesha s first MUN experience she is looking forward to becoming a part of the MUN community making new friends and having a lot of fun The best way to recognize Eesha is by her wide smile so be sure to say hi The Topics Topic A Women in Corporate Governance Structures Within the past twenty years the number of women in legislature has only increased ten percent to a current total of 21 percent Further women only gained the right to vote in Saudi Arabia in 2015 These numbers are outrageous because women should have equal say in the society they live in In order to increase participation of women in local government and corporate boards many countries have tried to instate gender based quotas which reserve a certain number of parliamentary seats for women or women candidates Most recently in 2015 Germany made a bold move to mandate 30 percent of corporate boardroom seats to be filled by women Representation of women in government and corporate boards is very important to advancing women s rights However the best method to tangibly yield greater representation is yet to be designed This problem is multifaceted delegates should consider various nuances such as economic market cultural values and political capital related to their respective countries in thinking about the best way to increase women s substantive representation For example certain economies are more conducive to greater government regulation such as Germany s social market system Further it is important to consider whether instating a quota should be a permanent or temporary solution Another even more interesting nuance is to look at political capital or

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/world-conference-on-women (2016-02-16)
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  • Organization of Islamic Cooperation — Harvard WorldMUN
    know and work with her delegates The Topics Topic A Stateless Nations and Disputed Territories This topic will focus on the treatment and rights of ethnic groups without politically constructed borders Stateless nations fight for autonomy and rights within nations It is important to remember the rights of the disenfranchised and those lacking in political or social power The Kurds an ethnic group have been fighting for autonomy in Turkey Syria and Iraq but are also fighting for legitimacy especially after the Kurdistan Workers Party or the PKK was named a terrorist organization Kurds are considered the world s largest stateless people What can Turkey Iraq and Syria do to create stability prevent a Kurdish civil war and ensure that the Kurds have rights The best way to treat this topic is through case studies the Kurds in Iraq and Turkey the Rohingya in Myanmar the Palestinians and the Uighurs in China being our main focuses but also discussions about Belgium and Tamils in Sri Lanka to look at historical ways of dealing with stateless nations A large part of our discussion will be examining the Israeli Palestinian crisis We will be looking at the problems facing a possible resolution with regard to refugees and the right of return Jerusalem land swaps and borders and Israeli security We will use this topic as a case study to discuss the true meaning of a state and the implications of the Montevideo Convention which defines a state Topic B Funding Terrorism During this committee delegates will explore the relationships between Islamic and Middle Eastern governments and the terrorist organizations that have sprung up recently in the region and the new ways in which terrorist groups fund themselves especially through self sustenance Daesh ISIS for example is considered more powerful than many other

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/organization-of-islamic-cooperation (2016-02-16)
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  • Community of Latin American and Caribbean States — Harvard WorldMUN
    it happened to be next to the Math Team and had king size Twix bars It s been nearly five years and twenty conferences and he hasn t looked back Tony is also a member of the club rugby team and dabbles in poetry in his spare time While he is ethnically Chinese Tony has had a particular interest in Latin American and the Caribbean States after traveling to Peru with his high school Spanish class The Topics Topic Area A Cuban Relations with the West The very formation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States stems from contention and disputes with the United States and Western imperial powers Many Latin American countries felt that the American hegemony in the region needed a counter balancing voice and founded CELAC just five years ago as a separate organization from the OAS specifically deciding to exclude the US and Canada This exclusion has allowed CELAC to be openly critical of the United States embargo against Cuba and against US influence in the region As the US and Cuba move towards normalization with full diplomatic relations being restored and overall economic liberalization CELEC will need to decide how to proceed Cuba being a troika member whose President has served as the President Pro Tempore of CELEC has significant support within the organization But many countries in CELAC also face their own set of economic pressures from the United States Will this year s summit be able to accomplish its stated goals of mutual cooperation and benefit Or will personal greed and interests take over Countries must consider the very real political and financial impacts of normalized US Cuba relations an example among many is tourism from the United States the single largest industry in many Caribbean states being projected to drop

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/community-of-latin-american-and-caribbean-states-1 (2016-02-16)
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  • Commission on Science and Technology — Harvard WorldMUN
    Policies Conference Events Opening Ceremony Pope Francis Closing Ceremony Registration How to Apply Registration Timeline Register Now Commission on Science and Technology Hirsh Jain 17 Commission on Science and Technology Meet the Chair Hirsh Jain is a junior at Harvard College from West Bloomfield Michigan He is concentrating in mathematics and computer science with a secondary in molecular and cellular biology Academically he loves to study whether that s cryptography natural language processing or statistical genetics Last summer he had the chance to work with the Department of Defense which piqued his interest in an intersection between fields he d never considered computer science and policy In his free time he loves playing poker dancing playing basketball making bad puns and telling people about how much he loves Michigan While this is his first experience with collegiate MUN he couldn t be more excited about all that it has to offer The Topic Biotechnology for Developing Nations Technology has become more and more ubiquitous around the world in the last two decades the number of smartphones worldwide is projected to surpass 2 billion by 2016 the number of Google searches made daily is over 3 billion and the amount of global digital information is approaching 8 zettabytes In spite of all of these lofty statistics some of the most basic human needs remain in dire condition Consider food for example there are 800 million people worldwide who do not have access to sufficient food to meet their needs and deficiencies in micronutrients are widespread Moreover the problem isn t simply with access as a rapidly growing population means that global demands for food will only get greater as time progresses On top of this global climate change continues to be a problem challenging the stability of economies that rely heavily

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/commission-on-science-and-technology (2016-02-16)
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  • African Union — Harvard WorldMUN
    to meet all of the delegates The Topics Topic A China in Africa In recent years China has taken on an economic stake in countries on the continent of Africa Delegates will explore China s increased presence on the continent as well as the motivations behind its fiscal decisions Two main fractions are likely to form On one side there will be a bloc of countries that will be in favor China s investment in the continent some will likely have reservations about the conditions attached to theses investment The other side would likely be a bloc of countries that disfavor the deals being made and are cautious of external aid and the possibility of neocolonialism China s economic initiatives on the continent directly concern the African Union and its vision for the continent as the results of these decisions influence the ability of the continent to engage in the global market as well the economic development of countries involved As a continent Africa has manpower resources and innovative ideas Many African countries are on the precipice of becoming forces to be reckoned with on the world market However the idea of Africa as the dark continent still lurks African lives are usually discussed in the media in the context of their dependency on the West or as a statistic to be used whenever it is convenient but the relationships that are forming between China and countries on the continent are ushering in an new era This is an exciting time in Africa s history as countries have secured their sovereignty and now can focus on creating the future they want to see Delegates will take up the challenging task of discerning between the intents of the countries and organizations can play a role in shaping Africa s future if

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/african-union (2016-02-16)
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  • Global Coalition on HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Botswana — Harvard WorldMUN
    Ceremony Registration How to Apply Registration Timeline Register Now Global Coalition on HIV AIDS Pandemic in Botswana Andrew Chang 18 Global Coalition on HIV AIDS Pandemic in Botswana Meet the Chair Andrew is a sophomore at Harvard College thinking of concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy He has lived in three countries and his international experiences have added to his interest in international relations particularly global health Along with leaders of the 626 mental health program in China Andrew has conducted ethnographic studies in the medical and societal culture surrounding mental health Additionally he is involved with the Harvard Botswana AIDS Initiative and serves as a fellow in the Essex Laboratory surrounding innovative therapies for HIV AIDS Andrew is as a competing member on the Harvard Intercollegiate Model United Nations team and is directing World Health Organization at Harvard Model United Nations He is also a part of the Harvard National Model United Nations team as well as the Harvard Program for International Education Andrew looks forward to meet all the committee delegates The Topic HIV AIDS Pandemic at the Turn of the Century Since the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV in 1981 HIV AIDS has taken the lives of nearly 36 million people The infectious disease has risen to become an international pandemic and still plagues many areas of the world African HIV AIDS patients make up nearly 75 of the total infected population worldwide This committee will take place at the early outbreak of this pandemic when the international community rushed to relieve this crisis During this time affected countries especially sub Saharan and southern Africa received an explosion of international humanitarian assistance The committee will focus on Botswana a country where World Health Organization estimated

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/global-coalition-on-hiv/aids-pandemic-in-botswana (2016-02-16)
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  • Underground Cabinet of China — Harvard WorldMUN
    since high school loving the power dynamics intricate alliances and heated debates that one can enjoy at MUN Having spent the last summer in China Amy has a strong interest in Chinese activism even meeting with Ai Wei Wei during her trip In addition to WorldMUN she will be directing a committee at HNMUN and crisis directing the HMUN Security Council Since coming to college she has spent a majority of her time split between traveling around the United States with Harvard s Model UN team and pursuing her passion for social innovation Outside of the committee room she enjoys finding the hidden gems in new cities laying by lakes and embarking on ad hoc adventures She is so excited to get to know all of the wonderful people at WorldMUN and cannot wait to see what adventures WorldMUN Rome brings The Topic China has performed a delicate dance around political liberalization and reforms in the past two decades The government opened up avenues for political freedoms through instigating semi open elections creating new legal channels for public interest lawyers and relaxing censorship of social media They then quickly backtracked as the political environment became vaguely reminiscent of 1989 with citizens protesting and political dissidents becoming more outspoken with their grievances Journalists have been imprisoned dissidents have been beaten activists have been detained and a heavy crackdown on freedom of speech press and assembly ensues And this pattern is only more apparent within Xi Jinping s rule We should respect internet users rights to exchange ideas and express their minds Xi Jinping claimed Yet Xi has been notoriously stringent on freedom of speech during his rule especially with his crackdown on VPNs to limit internet sovereignty Protests have erupted over the trial of Pu Zhiqiang a civil rights lawyer facing

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/cabinet-of-chinese-ministers (2016-02-16)
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  • The Senate of the Roman Republic — Harvard WorldMUN
    that has given him so much more than simply the opportunities to learn about international affairs to travel across four continents or to get really good at tying his tie on the go as he rushes to committee More importantly Model U N has given him the chance to meet all of you to connect with young people from over a hundred countries and to create meaningful friendships that last far beyond the bang of the final gavel dies out WorldMUN this year will be Dev s eight and last time as chair and he cannot wait to be a part of weeklong phenomenon which cannot describe in any way other than the WorldMUN spirit The Topic The morning of that fateful day in Rome Calpurnia clutched her husband after waking from a terrifying dream While she slept the night before she had been struck with visions that caused her to beg him not to go out that day to the Senate But her pleas went unheeded when Calpurnia s advice was overshadowed by one of her husband s friends who said Are you a man to pay attention to a woman s dreams and the idle gossip of stupid men and to insult the Senate by not going out although it has honored you and has been specially summoned by you Thus to Calpurnia s dismay her husband left his home As he entered the Senate all those around him rose out of respect Tillius Cimber who stood to his right reached up and grabbed the mantle of his toga And without pause with a swirl of unsheathing Cimber s hand was followed by a flurry of daggers Servilius Casca struck on the left shoulder just above the collar bone while his brother swung for the ribs Cassius slashed

    Original URL path: http://www.worldmun.org/the-senate-of-the-roman-republic (2016-02-16)
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