United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has worked to fight against illicit drug trades, international crime, and terrorism since its creation in 1997. These three areas include many distinct and varied specializations that UNODC member-states attempt to resolve. The UNODC pursues its goals through three avenues: research and increasing understanding of issues, supporting local governments in fighting issues, and supporting the ratification of treaties regarding issues. The UNODC is also known for its annual World Drug Report detailing trends and changes in worldwide drug use and production.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 11:59 pm. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
The war on drugs is extensive and complex. Not only pertaining to hallucinogens, depressants, and stimulants, it focuses on the intricate world of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and the myriad of threats they pose to the public, economy, and to national security. Focusing on the criminal aspect of the situation, lack of international coordination, and proper legislation has given organized crime groups a low risk, high profit environment in which they can thrive.
The issue of human trafficking is an arduous one as the trade of humans for forced labour and sexual exploitation dates back thousands of years. Many factors contribute to this inhumane practice, including globalization and governmental corruption. This grotesque tradition has continued to grow, specifically in South East Asia, as poverty and desperation have led people into the trap of the trade. Lack of national and international action have fueled a deadly fire into a conflagration of despair.
Sara Sheikh | Director
Sara is currently a senior attending Handsworth Secondary School. Her last name directly translating to “Caliphate of Islam”, Sara spends much time getting random checks at airports! When not making cringe-worthy jokes, Sara can be found binge-watching Dr. Phil and TLC while simultaneously playing Tetris, truly a challenging feat. Sara first entered the fascinating world of MUN at ConnectMUN 2014, where she delegated in the International Press Corps. After 8 conferences of staffing and delegating in the IPC, Sara can’t express how thrilled she is to be staffing UNODC at VMUN this year, and is looking forward to meeting many esteemed delegates.
Richard Chen | Chair
Richard is photographer and film maker. As a senior, he’s come to a decision to invest in his passions of creating an impact with photos and short films. Model United Nations has been an avid passion for Richard since 2013, when he attended Vancouver Model United Nations for the first time. Richard looks forward to spending an enjoyable weekend chairing the very committee that Richard first attended as a delegate.
Dillon Ramlochun | Assistant Director
Dillon is currently a Grade 11 student at St. George’s School. Having attended numerous conferences in both the US and Canada ever since his first introduction to Model UN four years ago, Dillon is excited to staff the UNODC at this year’s VMUN. Model UN has become an indispensable part of Dillon’s high school career over the years as a medium through which he can express his passion for international relations and politics. When not stressing over homework or living the mantra “rowing is life”, Dillon can be found watching basketball, cheering on his lowly 76ers, or even hitting up the local tri-lure once in a while. Dillon is excited to meet all the delegates this year and hopes to be a part of a resounding UNODC success.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.