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Meet our Directors


Click the links below to see the HMUN India 2017 Directors who will represent each of the HMUN India organs:

General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) traditionally contains the five largest committees at HMUN India 2017, and it is the place where each of the 193 member states and 2 observer states of the UN come together to discuss pressing issues that affect many countries across multiple continents. These issues range from disarmament and security to international law, health, and development. Debate in the GA is spirited, as delegates must balance their responsibilities to their respective nations, allies, and the committee as a whole. Delegates emerge from a GA committee with a thorough understanding of the promises and pitfalls of international diplomacy.

Disarmament and International Security Committee

Director: Sunaina Danziger

Topic Area Summary

A Letter from the Director

Special Political and Decolonization Committee

Director: Erin Olivieri

Topic Area Summary

A Letter from the Director

Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies

The Economic and Social Council at HMUN India 2017 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.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Director: Andrew Chang

Topic Area Summary

A Letter from the Director

Specialized Agencies

The Specialized Agencies (SA) is home to the most creative and imaginative committees of HMUN India 2017. Traditionally, committees in the SA are smaller and more intense than those of the other organs. They require all delegates to respond quickly and decisively to crises, and allow each member of the committee to play a critical role in advancing his or her own interests, fashioning meaningful debate, and crafting peaceful and innovative solutions. The SA committees together span a wide range of topics, time periods, and regions of the globe.

Dear Delegates,

I am beyond excited to welcome you to Harvard Model United Nations India 2017 as your director for the first committee of the General Assembly, the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)! My name is Sunaina Danziger and I was born and raised in New York City. I am a rising junior at Harvard College concentrating in History with a likely secondary in Spanish literature. I am particularly interested in political history and international relations.

I participated in Model UN all throughout high school, have directed DISEC at HMUN Boston and HMUN China in Beijing, and am so excited to (attempt to) transfer my amazing experience with MUN to you! HMUN India is particularly exciting for me—I am half-Indian and have spent a significant amount of time in India over the course of my lifetime. Model UN, New York, and my international identity have allowed me to see myself as part of a global whole. Outside of Model UN, I am involved in the broader International Relations Council at Harvard and I write for the Harvard Political Review and Harvard's satirical magazine, Satire V. I also enjoy running, playing tennis, reading good fiction, playing the piano, and traveling to as many international cities as possible.

My history background certainly drove my interest in our topic area, “Military Intervention in Transnational Conflict.” Our topic speaks to an evolving international order, the viability of the nation state, and the role of international bodies in maintaining peace and security. The stakes are high and the issues are complex and contentious, but I have every confidence that you are up to the challenge. I encourage you to research well and to think carefully about your individual countries’ policies. To that end, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any point before the conference with any questions and to introduce yourself—I would love to hear from you!

Best,

Sunaina Danziger
Director, Disarmament and International Security Committee
disec@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2019

Hometown: New York, NY

Concentration: History

Why are you excited for HMUN India? India holds a lot of personal significance for me—I am half-Indian and visit Delhi at least once a year. I could also hardly be more excited to expand my MUN frontiers to Hyderabad and share my love of DISEC and security-issues with my delegates!

Advice for new delegates: Whether you're a seasoned MUN veteran, or have never participated in MUN before, you are capable of making an impact on committee, even as large a committee as DISEC. Research well, think about creative solutions, and make sure your voice is heard by giving speeches and collaborating to write draft resolutions.

Topic Area: Military Intervention in Transnational Conflict

Throughout the majority of the twentieth century, foreign intervention was carried out by individual nation states. During the Cold War, the world was divided between American and Soviet spheres of influence and the non-aligned “Third-World”: military intervention centered primarily around each superpower attempting to buttress a potential ally and expand its sphere of influence. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States became the sole superpower, and the international community was entrusted with redefining the parameters for foreign military intervention.

The international community’s failure to respond to the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and Bosnian Civil War, and a 1997 NATO-led intervention in Kosovo, established the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) as a guideline for military intervention when a government has failed to protect its civilians. Yet this human rights-based approach to military intervention largely failed to situate itself as a paradigm for international intervention, as the 2000s were marked by unilateral intervention or, at times, a failure to intervene under circumstances that, according to R2P, necessitated intervention.

The escalation of the Syrian civil war in the aftermath of the Arab Spring brought questions surrounding when and how to intervene to the forefront of the international community. What constitutes a just cause for intervention, and which actors—be they individual nation states, UN bodies, or other multilateral organizations—ought to carry out intervention? Syria, the rise of ISIS, and the European refugee crisis suggest the degree to which twenty-first century warfare is innately transnational, which demands the international community reconsider and restructure its approach to military intervention.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee at HMUN India 2017! I am looking forward to returning to this wonderful committee, that I directed at HMUN India 2016, to provide delegates with an informative, challenging, and, most of all, fun experience.

I am a fourth year student at Harvard College from the just outside Boston studying Anthropology with a particular interest in how education varies across cultures and societies. My time at Harvard, and earlier in high school, has been full of model UN, staffing conferences on three continents in executive and substantive ways and serving on the secretariat of HMUN Boston 2017.

This committee, discussing the issue of missing children, will task delegates with a topic that deals acutely with problems of a highly vulnerable population, one which the UN is particularly apt to serve. I hope that in reading the guide and conducting your own research, you will be prepared to bring your own passion and excitement to the topic. Please always feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns and I look forward to meeting all of you in August!

Best,

Catherine Brennan
Director, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
sochum@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2018

Hometown: Boston, MA

Concentration: Anthropology

Why are you excited for HMUN India?Iam excited for a chance to return once more to work with all the passionate, invested, and prepared delegates that create such a lively spirit of debate each year in Hyderabad.

Advice for new delegates: Come prepared, don't be shy, and ask questions. The dais is here to help you and every voice in committee, even the GA, is important.

Topic Area: The Issue of Missing Children

The topic of the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee at HMUN India 2017 is “The Issue of Missing Children.” First discussed by the League of Nations in 1921, this is a topic that in its many iterations has been debated for the entire history of the UN. Fresh as a topic of discussion for the international, it is not but, this committee will explore it through a new humanitarian and socially-minded lens. Using the Hague Convention, the 1980 treaty that arranges for the return of abducted children, as a starting point for debate, and other UN work done since, the committee will seek to answer the question of what is needed beyond a country-to-country transactional treaty to address the needs of missing children. These needs warrant the discussion by SOCHUM of what protections can be put in place to protect children in these transactions, support they can receive during and after said experiences, and preventative measures.

Dear Delegates,

My name is Erin Olivieri, and it is my distinct honor and pleasure to serve as the Director of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee for Harvard Model United Nations India 2017. I and the rest of the conference staff wish to extend a warm welcome as you join us in Hyderabad this August.

To tell you a bit about me, I am currently a sophomore at Harvard College, studying in Government with a secondary field in Astrophysics. These two topics are exactly as disparate as they sound, but we are going to be exploring one of the major intersections between them throughout this committee. In the theme of dichotomies, I was born on Long Island (suburban New York) and moved to Montana (rural, mountainous area) when I was ten years old, two places which are just about as different as Government and Astrophysics are. I cannot wait to get to know a little bit about each of you in the next few months!

Our topic area for this committee is, at its core, a blend of the hard sciences and the social sciences, of cooperation and preservation of national interests, of security and technological advancement. We will consider the tangible and intangible in anti-satellite weaponry, space-based cybersecurity, and orbital kinetic weapons. Across this topic, I am committed to fostering the most accessible and substantively excellent committee that I possibly can in the mission of HMUN India 2017. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns in the coming months, or if you want to introduce yourself. Otherwise, I cannot wait to see you all in August!

Sincerely,

Erin Olivieri
Director, Special Political and Decolonization Committee
specpol@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2019

Hometown: Butte, MT

Concentration: Government & Astrophysics

Why are you excited for HMUN India? This conference is an incredible educational and social opportunity, unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Delegates will have the chance to talk about an exceptionally diverse range of topics, all while everyone in the room is learning the values of cooperation, negotiation, and confidence. I can't wait to hear everyone's creative solutions! Also, this summer will be my first time visiting India, so I'm definitely looking forward to learning as much about the culture of the region as I possibly can (from delegates, too!).

Advice for new delegates: Just stay calm (easier said than done). Experienced delegates can definitely be intimidating, but remember: they were new to this activity once, too! If you're nervous talking in front of a crowd, feel free to push your ideas in unmoderated caucus or one-on-one with other delegates through notes. Absolutely everyone can contribute amazing perspectives to any issue being debated, and that is not a quality dependent upon the number of years you have been doing this. Also, do not hesitate to talk to the dais if you're feeling uncomfortable before or during conference. In the end, we are here to make sure that you get as much out of HMUN India as you can, and that you have a weekend of building memories!

Topic Area: The Weaponization of Space

Two years before the United States even landed a man on the moon, in the midst of the Cold War and associated Space Race, the international community came together to craft and implement a set of universal regulations applicable beyond our planet. The 1967 Outer Space Treaty was the result of months of deliberation in the Legal Subcommittee and General Assembly of the United Nations, and the end product was a phenomenal step forward. Yet, the nature of our society is to progress, and global regulation on extraterrestrial affairs has not progressed with it. The standing Outer Space Treaty explicitly prohibits the storage of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in any Earth-bound orbit or on celestial bodies, but new, unanticipated threats have manifested in the decades since the Treaty’s passage. Delegates will be charged with drafting a solution to international security hazards from space in a modernized world, with special attention paid to anti-satellite weaponry and the capacity to use satellites as a weapon in the ongoing battle for cybersecurity.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to HMUN India 2017! My name is Abigail Kasdin and I am the director of The Legal Committee. I have been involved with HMUN for the last seven years of my life as a delegate, assistant director, director, and then, most recently, as the Under-Secretary-General of the General Assembly. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my love of HMUN to India and cannot wait to meet you all!

At Harvard, I am currently studying Social Studies with a focus on immigration and bilingual immigration in the United States. I am also involved in HNMUN, the conference we run for college students in Boston, and ICMUN, our travelling model UN team. When not thinking about model UN, I can be found swimming, hiking, or daydreaming about future adventures.

In Legal this year, we will be discussing global mass surveillance. I chose this topic because it is relevant to every nation and I believe that it will create truly contentious and engaging debate. When doing research, I encourage you to consider what makes your nation’s position unique. While diplomacy is invaluable, I believe it is important to fully represent your nation’s position and not shy away from pragmatic confrontation.

I hope you are all as excited about HMUN India as I am (although I think that would be difficult). Whether this is your first conference or you are a model UN veteran, I hope you will come away from HMUN India with a new confidence in yourself, an enhanced understanding of the world, and lasting memories.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any point leading up to the conference. I genuinely want to hear from you!

Let the countdown to begin!

Best,

Abigail Kasdin
Director, The Legal Committee
legal@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2018

Hometown: New York, New York

Concentration: Social Studies

Why are you excited about HMUN India? I am thrilled to take my love of model UN to a new continent so I can engage with more delegates about relevant and fascinating international issues!

Advice for new delegates: It is totally normal to be nervous, regardless of how many times you've participated in a model UN committee! If you take the risk to speak for the first time, you will gradually become more comfortable and end up having a meaningful, transformative experience. Don't think too much about it- just put your placard up!

Topic Area: Global Mass Surveillance

While the concept of “spying” is far from new, rapid changes in technology have changed the way governments are able to gather information about their citizens. There are currently fourteen nations, from multiple continents, that are part of the world’s first espionage alliance. They use incredible new technology to gather enormous amounts of data both on their own citizens and the citizens of the other nations.

While this information gathering capability was developed as a counter-terrorism measure, many people have become concerned that governments are using it to unnecessarily spy on their citizens. Even if it is used for purely security-related reasons, many are concerned about the fact that developed nations have been using their technological abilities to gather information about people in developing nations without the permission of those governments is a violation of national sovereignty. In addition to data-gathering mechanisms, some governments have even begun to use cyber attacks as a method of information gathering, which can prove very destructive to the infrastructure of the nation under attack. At this time, a balance must be found between a need for security and a desire for privacy.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to HMUN India 2017! My name is Abigail Kasdin and I am the director of The Legal Committee. I have been involved with HMUN for the last seven years of my life as a delegate, assistant director, director, and then, most recently, as the Under-Secretary-General of the General Assembly. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my love of HMUN to India and cannot wait to meet you all!

At Harvard, I am currently studying Social Studies with a focus on immigration and bilingual immigration in the United States. I am also involved in HNMUN, the conference we run for college students in Boston, and ICMUN, our travelling model UN team. When not thinking about model UN, I can be found swimming, hiking, or daydreaming about future adventures.

In Legal this year, we will be discussing global mass surveillance. I chose this topic because it is relevant to every nation and I believe that it will create truly contentious and engaging debate. When doing research, I encourage you to consider what makes your nation’s position unique. While diplomacy is invaluable, I believe it is important to fully represent your nation’s position and not shy away from pragmatic confrontation.

I hope you are all as excited about HMUN India as I am (although I think that would be difficult). Whether this is your first conference or you are a model UN veteran, I hope you will come away from HMUN India with a new confidence in yourself, an enhanced understanding of the world, and lasting memories.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any point leading up to the conference. I genuinely want to hear from you!

Let the countdown to begin!

Best,

Abigail Kasdin
Director, The Legal Committee
legal@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2019

Hometown: Cedar Crest, NM

Concentration: Social Studies

Why are you excited about HMUN India? I am incredibly excited to be directing and serving as USG-Committees for HMUN India 2017! I am especially looking forward to the excitement that always surrounds conference and the passion that delegates have for working together to solve real world problems!

Advice for new delegates: Work together! The best possible way to approach committee is to think about what ideas you have and how you can work best with other delegates to find the best solution to the problem at hand.

Topic Area: Mental Health Awareness and Treatment

When people think about doctors and well-being, they tend to focus on coughs and sneezes and broken bones. In other words, international health discussions often focus on physical health. Yet, 450 million people worldwide currently suffer from a mental or neurological disorder and 1 in 4 will be affected at some point during their lives. In addition, over 15 million people worldwide have substance use disorders. No case of imperfect mental health or addiction looks the same, and policies on care vary by country and even city. Around the world, populations are affected differently (see the determinants of mental health like poverty, impact of war, age, gender, sexuality, as well as physical comorbidities) and individual countries are more or less willing or able to implement awareness and treatment programs. Rural areas lack qualified doctors and cultural considerations with regard to stigma must be taken into account. Though it is widely agreed upon that mental health must be promoted worldwide, the social, political, and economic impacts of certain policies may be resisted in countries around the world. Thus, the WHO will convene at HMUN India 2017 to debate, discuss, and negotiate solutions to this international epidemic.

Dear Delegates,

My name is Eliza Ennis, and it is my greatest pleasure to welcome you to the World Health Organization! I am a third year student at Harvard University focusing my studies on the cultural politics of the modern Middle East. In addition to my concentration in Social Studies, I am pursuing a citation in Arabic and pre-medical studies with a focus on global health. Outside of classes, I spend most of my time on Model UN, as a director at HMUN Boston, at our sister conference HNMUN Boston, and at WorldMUN, and as an active participant on our Inter-Collegiate traveling team. I am also involved with the Harvard International Review and a peer-counseling group.

Outside of Model UN, I am an outdoor enthusiast, particularly when it comes to rivers and mountains. I enjoy rafting, kayaking, biking, and backpacking, and I will never say no to sleeping under the stars. I am also an avid traveler, and I am thrilled to be returning to Hyderabad!

This August, you will be joining me in the World Health Organization, a General Assembly committee that directs and coordinates international health solutions under the United Nations. Though many typical WHO committees will delve into communicable disease outbreaks, we will be focusing on mental health awareness and treatment. This issue is incredibly important, as around 450 million people worldwide are currently affected and 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives.

You, as delegates in the WHO, will be tasked with identifying the key problems facing effective solutions to promote worldwide mental health. You will need to speak up about what issues matter most to your country regarding mental health, and you will need to work together with countries from around the world to create the most innovative and effective solutions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing you this August at HMUN India 2017!

Best,

Eliza Ennis
Director, World Health Organization
who@hmunindia.org

Hello Delegates!

My name is Andrew Chang and I am very excited to be the director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. As a member of this committee you will be challenged to engage in many pressing and controversial issues. The topics you will discuss have been handpicked to challenge and motivate you at this year’s conference, and I have no doubt that you will all enjoy this experience. I look forward to an intelligent and engaging debate. I am sure it will be a worthwhile and enjoyable experience.

I am a third-year student at Harvard College and I major in Applied Mathematics and Economics. I have been part of Model UN for 3 years now and have been competing with the Intercollegiate Model UN Team. I serve as an Under-Secretary-General for both Harvard Model United Nations and its sister conference in China. Other than MUN, I am engaged in the Harvard Debating Union and the Harvard Rugby Team. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, playing tennis and cycling.

This study guide was originally written by Natasha Sarna, who unfortunately could not make it to the conference. I believe that her topic is of paramount importance and deserves to be discussed to the fullest extent. I hope that the study guide will prove to be a useful resource as you begin to prepare for the conference. I look forward to meeting all of you.

Sincerely,

Andrew Chang
Director, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
unesco@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2018

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Concentration: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology

Why are you excited for HMUN India? I’m most excited to be able to provide educational support and facilitate the learning experience of delegates at the conference.

Advice for new delegates: Speak up! Your ideas are just as valid as the person next to you.

Topic Area: Research with Human Subjects

From Plato’s analysis of virtue ethics to the repeated revisions of the Declaration of Helsinski human experimentation has fostered a heated debate with groups of different interests: the science researchers, health policymakers, human rights international NGOs, government agencies, and the public at large. With the rapid development of medicinal technology across the world, this committee will seek to revisit previous ethical regulations and implement new health policies surrounding bioethics. For the past, international bioethics regulations have failed to present definitive authority in its implementation. Delegates will be pushed to create innovative ways to resolve the conflict of interests between scientific pursuits and ethics and to firmly establish the regulations surrounding human experimentation across the globe.

Dear Delegates,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the Harvard Model United Nations India 2017!

My name is Pavan Hegde and I am very excited to be the director of the International Monetary Fund. As a member of this committee you will be challenged to engage in many pressing and controversial issues. The topics you will discuss have been handpicked to challenge and motivate you at this year’s conference, and I have no doubt that you will all enjoy this experience. I look forward to an exciting and engaging debate. I am sure it will be a worthwhile and enjoyable experience.

I am a third-year student at Harvard College and I major in Applied Mathematics and Economics. I have been part of Model UN for 3 years now and have been competing with the Intercollegiate Model UN Team. I served on the Secretariat of both HMUN and HMUN China this past year. Other than MUN, I am engaged in the Harvard Debating Union and Black Diamond Capital, a hedge fund on campus. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, playing tennis and cycling.

I hope that the study guide will prove to be a useful resource as you begin to prepare for the conference. I look forward to meeting all of you at the conference.

Best,

Pavan Hegde
Director, International Monetary Fund
imf@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2018

Hometown: Hong Kong

Concentration: Applied Mathematics with Economics

Why are you excited for HMUN India?HMUN India was so much fun last year! I had a wonderful and engaging time directing the UNHRC. This year, I am looking forward to delegates tackling issues of growth head on. I’m sure all the delegates have interesting solutions to the problems at hand – and I look forward to hearing them!

Advice for new delegates: Don’t be afraid to talk to others and speak your mind.

Topic Area: Funding Sustainable Growth In Africa

Over the last half century, global economic development has reached a new high. Many countries now experience a high degree of financial stability, economic trade and sustainable economic growth. However, this wave of development has largely overlooked the world’s second largest continent with over 1.1 billion people: Africa.

Plagued by corruption, disease and poverty, Africa has experienced a large degree of regional instability that has made it a risky continent for many private investors to fund. As a result, Africa has been involved in a vicious cycle and a growing wealth gap. There are very few countries or companies with the resources to tackle Africa’s economic problems head on. The International Monetary Fund is one such organization that is tasked with the responsibility to help Africa on its path to sustainable development.

The International Monetary Fund was formed in 1944 with the goal to facilitate balanced growth of countries and international trade. It is your duty as members of the IMF to help and support the growth of Africa. The process will not be easy. As a committee you will have to decide how to persuade African nations to the negotiating table – many of which deeply distrust the IMF as having a hidden western agenda. The committee will have to engage with regional problems of corruption and political instability while watching out for multinational corporations that seek to take advantage of the resource rich continent. At the same time, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) seeks to undermine the IMFs standing globally and must be dealt with. The goal of this committee will be to fully explore and find solutions to the myriad of barriers preventing Africa from pursuing economic development. The delegates will be required to produce a concrete plan to help propel Africa forward in the 21st Century.

Dear Delgates,

Hello, and welcome to the Organization of American States! My name is Allison Toledo, and I am thrilled to be your Director. Over the course of the HNMUN weekend, you will be acting as member states of the OAS. You will be discussing corruption in government, negotiating solutions to this critical issue, and addressing any crises that may arise as a result of your handling of the situation. Considering Latin America’s rising status on the world stage, it is an incredibly significant time for the OAS to address internal issues in the Americas in order to continue their states’ upward trajectories in the global standings.

For a little bit about myself, I am a sophomore at Harvard College concentrating in Social Studies. My interest in the Organization of American States stems partly from my Ecuadorian heritage as well as my American identity and upbringing. In high school in New Jersey, I was the Head Delegate for two years of my school’s small Model UN team, where I developed a passion for discussing international affairs that has carried over into my college career. At Harvard, I was most recently a Deputy Director for our competitive Model UN team, a Director at both Harvard National Model United Nations and Harvard Model United Nations, a tutor for the Harvard Program for International Education, a Director at HMUN China, and a Director at HNMUN-LA. Aside from Model UN, I also advise freshmen and am a member of an a cappella group on campus, the Harvard Lowkeys.

It is a pivotal time for the Americas. You will have to debate how best to combat corruption while understanding how endemic it is to the region. Committee will move quickly, and I hope to present you with interesting challenges in the form of crises based on the discussion. Model UN is an incredible forum for debate on pressing international issues, and I have faith that this committee will take on these challenges with confidence and innovation.

I look forward to meeting each of you and exploring these critical issues together! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.

Sincerely,

Allison Toledo
Director, Organization of American States
oas@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2019

Hometown: Hillsdale, NJ

Concentration: Social Studies

Why are you excited for HMUN India? I can’t wait to meet individuals passionate about Model UN and form new friendships!

Advice for new delegates: Negotiation is the most important part of Model UN! Never forget to collaborate with your fellow delegates on solutions to the issues. Everyone has important ideas to contribute, and the best solutions are the ones you come up with together as a team!

Topic Area: Corruption in Government

The Corruption Perceptions Index, published by the NGO Transparency International, has consistently ranked Latin and Central America high on corruption since 1995. Even the United States is not ranked as being among the least corrupt nations in the world. Fights against corruption have gotten more attention recently in places such as Brazil, where President Dilma Rousseff fought charges of breaking finance laws and of assisting former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with avoiding corruption investigation, and Guatemala, where President Otto Pérez Molina resigned after being implicated in a customs corruption ring. Corruption in all levels of government, from the local to the executive, allows organized crime and the drug trade to flourish.

The standards for corruption investigation vary across the Americas. In some countries, the process for investigation varies by the type of corruption, and the body that investigates may not be entirely impartial. In Mexico, for example, the federal comptroller recently led a corruption investigation against the president, first lady, and finance minister, despite the fact that he reports directly to the president. All three were cleared of the charges. Across the Americas, the responses and solutions to corruption in government vary with similarly varied results.

The high levels of corruption have immense consequences for foreign investment, entrepreneurship, and stable governments. How should the countries of the Organization of American States respond? Should standards be created that the entire body must adhere to, or should a larger body like the OAS not directly interfere in what some consider a national, rather than transnational, affair?

Dear Delegates,

I'm honored to serve as your Director for the World Social Forum this year. I warmly welcome you, and your delegations, to the Harvard Model United Nations India conference, 2017.

I'm currently a junior at Harvard College concentrating in Social Studies, with a focus on ethics and social activism. I grew up in the sunny hinterlands of California's Silicon Valley, where, around such a heavy emphasis on tech, I've developed a concern for the people spun out and cast aside by the relentless march of progress, be it in domestic or international, technological or political. I've done research and published a paper on how education, as a humanitarian and grassroots-level institution, can be wielded to bring the sidelined back into public attention. That has inspired me to pursue MUN as an educational activity, as well as to run this committee, both of which will seek to unpack and engage with the disparities in politics, economics, and society.

I look forward to seeing you in August, getting to know you, and hearing your well-thought and creative ideas in committee. Never hesitate to reach out to me for questions, or for small talk. I impatiently await the opportunity to build our discussions and HMUN India's longtime, continuing mission.

Cordially,

Sidney Li
Director, World Social Forum
wsf@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2019

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Concentration: Social Studies

Why are you excited for HMUN India? There's nothing greater about Model UN than the opportunity it affords to delve deep into topics in international relations and explore them in a highly social and engaged setting. HMUN India, with the energy of the delegates and the focus it has on education, embodies this for me. The diversity of perspectives from a conference that pulls students from around the world to India is an experience beyond any other. I anticipate learning as much from you as you will from these stimulating few days. I’m honored to have this opportunity to participate in a tradition of incredible quality and diversity, hefted higher by the insightfulness of delegates like you.

Advice for new delegates: Model UN is just like any other activity you've participated in—it's a chance to learn from people who think like you and who want to know more about the same things as you, as well as a fun time to form new friendships. Let each session of the conference be an experiment, a place to focus and shape your thoughts on an issue you intensely care about. The value of Model UN comes from the fact that it's serially a place to learn, argue, lead, advocate, and act for their own sake. By focusing on how well you can wield those skills in committee, you will make the most of your experience here, and you will leave HMUN India feeling permanently changed and confident tackling the challenges of the real world.

Topic Area: Humanitarian Aid for States in Transition

The World Social Forum is a meeting of leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in the areas of human rights, humanitarian aid, international politics, business, and trade. The infamous former Harvard law professor and O. J. Simpson attorney Alan Dershowitz once described NGOs as a crucial check and balance on governments. In the neoliberal age, it has become increasingly important for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in coordination with richer first-world governments, to maintain and build social stability in regions with shaky political leadership.

With neither the popular clout of any political institution nor the (technically) bottomless resources of foreign aid, NGOs have long since abandoned their larger dreams, particularly those aimed at establishing Western-style democracies. This committee represents a revitalization of the stateless, agile power of the NGOs, but from the perspective of inter-organizational collaboration under the institutional auspices of the World Social Forum. With aid, international attention, and economic volatility proliferating in the Middle East and North Africa in recent years—because of the Arab Spring and other destabilizing events—organizations must test new strategies in some of the most dangerous environments. At the same time, these organizations face daunting complications. Barriers and paradoxes arise between NGOs in states in transition, with their factional and splintered polities.

The long-term interests of localized NGOs must be resolved with the short-term impacts of corporate, international ones. Business must be balanced with costly aid. Profit and politics must be balanced with stability and justice. This committee and topic area will be both challenging and invigorating, wresting with a numerous set of sliding scales across religions, cultures, ideologies, and institutional methodologies. But ultimately, for today’s most formidable and organized social mobilizers—be it an organization or even a person—it will stake a robustly visionary path, deep into the future.

Dear Delegates,

It is my distinct honor to welcome you to Harvard Model United Nations 2018! More specifically, it is my pleasure to be your chair for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), a particularly important international agency in a time of great climatic disruption and profound environmental degradation. 

 

I would like to begin by telling you a bit about myself. I originally hail from Cape Elizabeth, a small but well-traveled suburb on the coast of Maine, a state known for its endless natural beauty and its kind and adventurous population. Upon leaving my quiet Maine life behind, I have since made it through three semesters at Harvard College, having recently declared a double major in Government and Germanic Languages and Literatures with a minor in Environmental Science and Public Policy. My academic and professional interests have naturally bled into my extracurricular life. I am involved in various forms of Model United Nations on campus, serving as the Director of Angela Merkel’s Cabinet at HMUN 2017, filling in as an Assistant Director to the Cabinet of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at HNMUN 2017, and traveling as a delegate on Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model United Nations team. Last year, I had the pleasure of traveling to Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania to compete alongside a fierce delegation at some of the finest conferences in the country (of course, none rank above HNMUN, the so-called “Super Bowl of Model UN”).

 

I am especially excited to be chairing UNEP. In fact, this will be the third time that I participate in this committee. In high school, I represented Pakistan in this very same committee on the topics of renewable energy and nuclear waste disposal. This past January, I ran this committee as a director in Lima, Peru at HNMUN Latin America 2017, a conference that has a very special place in my heart, as I will be returning to Peru next year as the Under-Secretary-General of Operations for HNMUN Latin America 2018. To focus on the substance of this committee, however, I feel that there are few topics that are as underdeveloped and underappreciated as Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility. In the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald J. Trump to the Presidency of the United States, there are many questions to be answered with regard to the balancing of environmental and economic interests. For example, how much should businesses and corporations be willing to contribute towards environmental and social causes? Should there be more comprehensive guidelines, laws, and incentives that encapsulate an environmentally-friendly attitude? Or is the status quo sufficient for current and future needs and desires? Will the future of sustainability and development be predicated upon the traditionalist Neoclassical economic model, or is a shift in our approach to the market and our understanding of Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility necessary in order to maximize happiness for our societies and ensure appropriate protection for our environment? These are just some of the ambitious questions that this committee will have to answer over the course of four days in August. Come prepared for some engaging debate, and be ready to shape the future of global environmental discourse!

Cheers,

Daniel Menz
Director, United Nations Environment Programme
unep@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2019

Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Concentration: Government and Germanic Languages and Literature, with a secondary focus in Environmental Science and Public Policy

Why are you excited for HMUN India? As a delegate from a small town in Maine during my junior and senior years and as an active member of the Harvard Model UN community, I have enhanced my skills in research, communication, writing, organization, and diplomacy. Model UN is not only a fun and educational experience, but also a rewarding experience for one's academic and professional experience. HMUN India offers me the chance to take on an active role in influencing the lives of younger delegates and providing them with a platform to cultivate the skills that I have developed over the last five years and see the value in participating in this worthwhile endeavor. Most importantly, I look forward to interacting with delegates from many different backgrounds and culture. Model UN is first and foremost an international forum for a diverse group of people to interact with one another and tackle some of the most significant policy issues of the past, present, and future, so I look forward to being involved in this immersive experience!

Advice for new delegates: Come prepared and ready to tackle concrete issues that will test your knowledge of how international economic and political systems operate. Proper research prior to conference will allow you to speak as an expert to the issues that will come up during committee. Most importantly, be prepared to have fun. Speak up as much as possible. Not everything you say has to be ingenious and groundbreaking, but speaking and engaging with your fellow delegates right off the bat will provide you with momentum for the rest of the conference.

Topic Area: Corporate Environmental & Social Responsibility

Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility is one of the most salient and bourgeoning policy topics of our generation. Most international governance models include three major actors: the state, civil society, and the private sector. The final component of models, the private sector, has been underemphasized in policy discussions and simulations. The impact of industry and business in environmental and social issues is a paramount issue. The proliferation of the globalist era has had the greatest impact in furthering the discussions regarding the relationship between economics and ecologies.

International bodies, including the United Nations, have attempted to address this topic. The most significant embodiment of this commitment is the United Nations Global Compact of 2000, which introduced voluntary social and environmental guidelines for businesses to follow. The challenge of this committee, however, will be to address the changing nature of the situation and to seek avenues to discuss and potentially redress the increasingly substantial impact that businesses are having on the environment. An internalization of the triple bottom line, which accounts for people, planet, and profit, has been a major approach in modern times. In all, however, this committee will be charged with determining the legitimacy of the triple bottom line and other recommended models, as well as seeking effective methods of implementation should a course of action be decided upon.

Taking into account the relationship between and the interests of large corporations and developed and developing countries, the status of local and international environmental movements, the rights of workers and indigenous groups, and the history of the Environmental Programme and past UN resolutions, this committee will engage in serious dialogue about the interconnectedness of environment and business and determine whether reforms in this policy field are necessary for the future.

Dear Delegates,

My name is Amy and I am currently a junior at Harvard College, studying Economics. Born and raised in Minnesota, I have been involved in Model UN since high school, loving the power dynamics, intricate alliances, and heated debates that one can enjoy at MUN. Last year, I directed the crisis committee on the Nigerian Constitutional Drafting Committee of 1977 at HMUN-India.

Outside of HMUN-India, I have also directed the Underground Cabinet of China to explore the complexities of freedom of expression and the Cabinet of the USSR in 1985 at WorldMUN. I am currently the Director General of Harvard National Model United Nations in Latin America and compete as part of Harvard’s competitive model UN team. Since coming to college, I have spent a majority of my time split between traveling with Harvard's Model UN team and pursuing my passion for innovation through Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business. Outside of the committee room, I enjoy finding the hidden gems in new cities, laying by lakes, and embarking on ad hoc adventures.

I am so excited to get to know all of the wonderful delegates at HMUN-India and cannot wait to see what adventures this year will bring!

Amy Tan
Director, Commission on the Status of Women
csw@hmunindia.org

Class year: 2018

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Concentration: Economics

Why are you excited for HMUN India? HMUN India was an incredible experience last year, and I was extremely impressed with the level of debate, analysis, and rigor of my committee. I am excited to get to know a new cohort of young leaders and hope this committee impacts all of the delegates in some way. Most of all, HMUN India aspires to bring a group of talented individuals together to cooperate, learn, and craft complex solutions to the world's most pressing issues.

Advice for new delegates: Speak up! You will learn and grow so much from participating in debate. Have faith in yourself that your opinions and ideas are unique and worthwhile, and through diving into the committee, even if you're intimidated at first, you will slowly see yourself grow into a young leader.

Topic Area: Economics of Gender Discrimination

Within both the developed and developing role, gender discrimination is a severe problem, as seen through the dismal percentage of women serving in C-suite level positions in firms, holding government offices, and owning businesses. Yet in developing countries, women face a unique set of problems beyond the wage gap and the glass ceiling.

Given the lack of functioning credit markets, families are unable to take out loans, which restrict their consumption behaviors. Parents most often decide to invest disproportionately more in their sons’ education, which further propagates the gender gap in wages and income. When men earn a larger share of household income, they often have greater bargaining power to make financial decisions. Women are heavily discouraged from being entrepreneurs because of their limited capital and networks. Beyond all the economic barriers that prevent women from being leaders in their societies, social norms and attitudes that discourage divorce, independence, and non-domestic labor further reinforce the glass ceiling. Many believe that as developing countries modernize, gender discrimination will decline as women get greater access to loans, education, and less labor-intensive jobs. On the other hand, the advent of modern technology, with UV screening and abortion techniques, empirical studies have shown even more apparent signs of gender discrimination, with the proportion of men in developing countries skyrockets.

However, it is clear men do have a comparative advantage in certain types of work, that may be more physically strenuous. Studies show that even when men and women own the same amount of land, men’s land tend to be more productive in agricultural production. Then perhaps higher productivity levels and wage discrimination make it optimal for the household to specialize. If women are comparatively better caretakers of children and men are comparatively better physical laborers, should women just focus on household, domestic chores?

This committee will explore the economic complexities of gender discrimination to tackle these important issues that are manifested in all of our everyday lives. Moreover, it is my hope that with in-depth debate and research on these issues, delegates will take the lessons learned from committee and apply them to their lives and societies. Whether it’s creating policy to promote women in the workforce to mentoring another woman to achieve her aspirations to simply asking a woman their opinion in a business meeting, I encourage you to take small steps to slowly diminish gender discrimination.

Class year: 2018

Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Concentration: Social Studies

Why are you excited for HMUN India? I love the UNSC committee format and think that this topic really gives it the opportunity to shine. Very much looking forward to having the privilege of exploring issues of statecraft, conflict resolution, and geopolitics with HMUN India's extraordinary delegates.

Advice for new delegates: Speak up! I am the kind of director who cares more about the educational process of MUN than specific committee outcomes. I'll only consider the committee a success if each and every one of you feels comfortable raising your placard and engaging with discussion. If giving a speech seems to intimidating, try proposing a motion or sending me a note directly. I'll do everything I can to make committee work for you.

Hello!

My name is John Bowers, and I’ll be serving as Director of the United Nations Security Council committee for HMUN India 2017. Together we’ll be exploring key issues of global security in the modern world, leveraging the case-study based model offered by Model UN into a mutually engaging learning experience. Before getting into all of that, however, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m a rising senior at Harvard College hailing from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts—a quiet little commuter town about 40 miles west of Boston. My interests are eclectic to a somewhat problematic extent, so I’m concentrating in Social Studies—an integrative social sciences discipline—with a secondary in Computer Science. While I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with my degree once it has been printed on cardstock and framed, I’ve recently found myself gravitating towards policy research.

Outside of academics, I’m an avid debater, a certified tree hugger, and an active member of Harvard’s International Relations Council (IRC). The IRC is an umbrella organization tasked with coordinating MUN conferences, supporting a competitive MUN team, and managing a number of other IR-centric tasks. My extracurricular interests in high school were more varied—I wrote for student publications, ran a film society, and founded a tutoring program. With luck—and at the expense of my already impoverished sleep schedule–I’ll have the opportunity to resuscitate all of these passions in the years to come. I’m more than happy to talk with any one of you about my experiences at Harvard and beyond; shoot me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

On a more philosophical note, I’d like to make it clear that I’m very committed to the idea of MUN as a learning tool above all else. While winning awards and merging blocs might be momentarily exhilarating, the lasting impacts of a committee stem from the manner in which it influences your development as an intellectual being. Politicking and Machiavellian scheming might have a place in committee, but they should never come at the expense of substance. The UNSC offers a venue for cooperation and policy creation that is unique amongst the Specialized Agencies, and we would do best not to squander it. I look forward to working with each one of you this summer!

Sincerely,

John Bowers
Director, United Nations Security Council
unsc@hmunindia.org
Topic Area: Yemen

Since its outbreak in March of 2015, the war has raged between Yemeni forces representing the recognized government of President Hadi and revolutionary forces largely constituted by Houthi fighters and revolutionary elements of the Yemeni security forces. As the conflict has developed, additional actors have entered the fray. Iran and Hezbollah have been accused of funneling military equipment to the revolutionary fighters, and Saudi Arabia has conducted a series of bombing campaigns responsible for significant civilian casualties. Terrorist groups including ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have begun to carry out attacks and even seize territory in Yemen, spurring messy counterterrorist operations on the part of the United States and others.

This messy amalgamation of domestic and international actors and interests makes intervention in the Yemeni civil war an extremely complicated proposition. Firstly, it intertwines the activities of the revolutionary and government forces with the interests of regional rivals such as Saudi Arabia and Iran in what might be conceived as a religiously and politically charged proxy war. Secondly, the diversity of forces fighting on the ground—terrorist groups, revolutionaries, international coalitions, and government forces—blur the conflict’s motives. It will be our job as a committee to untangle the web of interests, deceptions, and dogmas that define this ongoing and underreported conflict.

Note: The United Nations Security Council is a double delegation committee. Allocations to this committee will only be made in pairs.

Class year: 2019

Hometown: Montgomery, NJ

Concentration: Statistics

Why are you excited for HMUN India? I am very excited to take the experiences and lessons I've learned at HMUN Boston, and expand and adapt them to much different setting! I am extremely passionate to bring a difficult topic to a group of people who are incredibly passionate about history, international relations, and diplomatic solutions!

Advice for new delegates: Have fun! If you're not having fun with your committee, then HMUN India won't be a great experience for you. But if you are able to work together to come up with creative solutions, or tackle a problem that eluded the United Nations in history, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience! When it comes down to it, you're spending 4 days away from home learning to become the new future leaders in the international world. Think about the profound impact that HMUN India will have on you, and then try to think about how you can have an impact on HMUN India: through working in the committee and crisis rooms and by becoming your best self.

Dear Delegates,

My name is Andrew Jiang and I am honored to welcome you all to the Historical Security Council in 1986 and HMUN India 2017! I am currently a sophomore concentrating in Statistics with a secondary in Economics. I am a regular member of Harvard’s travelling Model United Nations team and directed this committee at the HMUN taking place earlier this year. In creating the vision for this committee, I especially look forward to seeing the changes that you delegates will be able to implement to better the situation in El Salvador, and I hope to share my passion for historical global issues and the Latin America region with all of you at HMUN India 2017.

The topic for this committee includes one of the most significant regional conflicts in Latin America during 1986. As representatives of the UN Security Council, you will all hopefully gain a better understanding of the international issues that have manifest themselves into this region. With a mixture of communism, guerilla warfare, and humanitarian crises, the highly controversial country of El Salvador requires the cooperation of the Security Council to prevent further tragedy in its ongoing civil war. With the power to shape the history of El Salvador to come and to construct a stance on Latin American politics as a whole, the Historical Security Council will impact and shape the future of international political agendas to affect many generations to come. For better or for worse, you and others in this committee will react to emerging crises in El Salvador that will determine the fate of this tumultuous country.

I am very excited to experience the lively debate that will ensue over the course of our conference. If you have any questions or concerns about this committee, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting all of you at HMUN India 2017 and welcoming you to this amazing committee!

Yours,

Andrew Jiang
Director, Historical Security Council, 1986
hsc@hmunindia.org
Topic Area: El Salvador

The struggle between emerging socialist parties and the El Salvadoran government lasted through the 1970’s, which ultimately led to the establishment of military death squads to combat the rebels. In 1979, in response to the military overthrow of the government, the guerilla communist groups formed the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). By 1986, the battle between the military forces and the guerilla groups has left tens of thousands of citizens dead. The “Draining the Sea” tactic, similar to the “scorched earth” strategy, executed by the Salvadoran army has lead to a wide array of human rights violations and systematic terror tactics against innocent civilians. The strong-arm Salvadoran government has ignored any social or economic changes that labor groups or the opposing organizations demand.

Despite attempts by both sides to establish peace talks to bring about an end to the Civil War, large players in the international community have helped fuel the conflict. Fearful of the spread of communism and anarchy past El Salvador and into neighboring nations of the Americas has led to increased Western support of the government, despite the inconceivable number of human rights violations. The faction of communist nations that further supported the FMLN and other guerilla leaders has only served to increase the stakes of the mass conflict that razed large portions of the El Salvadoran land. As a nation dealing with rapid socioeconomic and political damages as well as a full-fledged, internationally-charged civil war, El Salvador must rely on the decisive action of the Security Council to solve the humanitarian crises and warfare within its borders.

Note: The Historical Security Council, 1986 is a double delegation committee. Allocations to this committee will only be made in pairs.

Class year: 2018

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Concentration: History and Literature

Why are you excited for HMUN India? I am excited to work with people from different parts of the world to discuss and find solutions to an important crisis in world history.

Advice for new delegates: Do not wait too long to make your first speech or write your first crisis note. The sooner you get involved in committee, the easier it will be!

Dear Delegates,

Hello, and welcome to Harvard Model United Nations India! My name is Anne Warnke, and I will be serving as the director of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council, 1981.

From Brooklyn, New York, I am a rising senior at Harvard College concentrating in History and Literature with a focus in America. I am particularly interested in the relationship between culture, politics, and law in the United States during the early 20th century. I am also pursuing a minor in Government, Harvard’s version of political science. Outside of school, I am a member of Harvard’s traveling MUN team, served as Under-Secretary General for the Specialized Agencies for HNMUN 2017 (our college conference), and have directed and crisis directed committees in Boston and abroad. In my free time, I like to run, walk around New York City (especially Brooklyn), and watch terrible movies.

I am excited to run this committee because I find the history of the Iran-Iraq war fascinating. By studying the events of the 1980s and analyzing the issues that Iraq’s leaders faced, I think you will begin to understand the intricacies both of that time period and of the modern landscape of the Middle East. Many of the issues that the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council faced in 1981 continue to reverberate, and the international community, unfortunately, does not seem any closer to addressing them. On that note, I think it is important, now more than ever, to study the history of conflicts and regions that are often misrepresented, especially in the American press and by American leaders. You can expect to find a good deal of historical grounding in the proceedings of this committee.

I think Iraq is a truly fascinating country and cannot wait to talk with you about it. If you have any questions or comments about Iraq, this committee at HMUN India, Model United Nations, or anything at all, please do not hesitate to reach out! Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you in August!

Best,

Anne Warnke
Director, Iraq Revolutionary Command Council, 1981
iraq@hmunindia.org
Topic Area: The Iran-Iraq War and Security of the Persian Gulf

The year is 1981. Saddam Hussein stands at the helm of the Republic of Iraq, having consolidated power throughout the past decade and formally rising to the position of President of Iraq in 1979. His cabinet—the Revolutionary Command Council—now faces a series of internal and external problems that threaten the existence of his regime.

Most immediately, the Revolutionary Command Council must address the war with Iran. Having invaded Iran in 1980 following the Iranian Revolution, Iraq is looking to seize control of Iranian territories, to eliminate threats of insurrection from Iranian-backed minority groups in Iraq, and ultimately to establish itself as the dominant power in the region.

The Revolutionary Command Council must tackle a host of other issues, all of which are wrapped up in the war with Iran. Economic problems range from the war’s exhaustion of the workforce to efforts to privatize industries and the need to diversify away from oil. Minority groups in Sunni-dominated Iraq are demanding better treatment and threatening insurgency. Meanwhile, Iraq must determine how to position itself on the international stage in order to gain allies in the fight against Iran.

For one fateful weekend in August, delegates, you, will step into the positions of members of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council. You will be confronted by crises with the potential to undermine the foundations of Iraq and will have to guide the country through a pivotal point in its history. The fate of Iraq is in your hands.

Note: This is an application-only continual crisis committee. Special Applications will be released on March 25 at munbase.hmunindia.org

Class year: 2019

Hometown: Seoul/Guatemala City

Concentration: Sociology with a Language citation in French

Why are you excited for HMUN India?I have heard so much about the delegates who come to the HMUN India conference, and can't wait to personally experience the passion that each delegate brings!

Advice for new delegates: The Press Corps runs on a different platform—it will be very different from the other substantive committees. However, the process within the Press Corps is very very simple! I encourage you to read the background guide and contact me with any questions! Also, please be familiar with your assigned news agency, as this will help when writing your articles.

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to HMUN India 2017 and welcome to the Press Corps! My name is Tae Yeong Park and I am extremely excited to direct the Press Corps in Hyderabad. I hope to leave you with a lasting experience of this truly wonderful committee.

I am a rising junior at Harvard College studying Sociology with a foreign language citation in French. I was born in South Korea, but my family moved to Guatemala when I was seven—¡Yo hablo español! My extensive background in Latin America has led me to join Harvard Association Cultivating Inter-American Democracy, the premier model-OAS conference in the world, in which I serve as the Administrative Director. I am also the Outreach Chair of the Harvard Organization for Latin America. I have also participated as the Press Corps Director in our sister conference—HNMUN—and you can check out what the Press Corps has done by going on this website: hnmunpress.org. This is my first time going to India, and I cannot put in words how excited I am for this conference and for meeting each and every one of you.

Press Corps is the central communications mechanism of the entire conference, and as a delegate of the Press Corps, you will be assigned a newspaper agency through which you will produce articles that will keep the staff, delegates, faculty advisors, and others who follow the HMUN India online journal informed about what is happening in Hyderabad. Not only will you write articles, but you will also be engaging in innovative media outlets like Twitter and will be holding real-world Press Conferences in the different committee rooms. You will engage with numerous committee topics, interview delegates and faculty advisers, write press releases, and more—all which amount to a thorough understanding of the conference and of the issues HMUN India tries to tackle.

Please take your time to thoroughly review the Press Corps background guide and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to meeting you this August!

Tae Yeong Park
Director, Press Corps
presscorps@hmunindia.org

Unlike of other substantive committees that focus on one or two topics, the Press Corps covers all the topics of the conference, with delegates writing articles on issues ranging from those presented in the OAS to the Iraq Revolutionary Command Council. Press Corps delegates will therefore have entry to all of the committees, gain a more holistic understanding of the conference, and engage in real-life journalism by covering press conferences. The work of the delegates will be the central mechanism of communication of HMUN India.

Note: This is an application-only committee. Special Applications will be released on March 20 at munbase.hmunindia.org