Asia Cooperation Dialogue
The Asian Cooperative Dialogue was founded in 2002 to encourage Asian wide cooperation and collaboration. Originally consisting of eighteen member states located in South-Eastern Asia it has since grown to include thirty-four states across the whole of the continent. It is guided by four primary objectives: “1, Promote interdependence among Asian countries in all areas of cooperation by identifying Asia’s common strengths and opportunities which will help reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for Asian people whilst developing a knowledge-based society within Asia and enhancing community and people empowerment; 2, Expand the trade and financial market within Asia and increase the bargaining power of Asian countries in lieu of competition and, in turn, enhance Asia’s economic competitiveness in the global market; 3, Serve as the missing link in Asian cooperation by building upon Asia’s potentials and strengths through supplementing and complementing existing cooperative frameworks so as to become a viable partner for other regions; and 4, Ultimately transform the Asian continent into an Asian Community, capable of interacting with the rest of the world on a more equal footing and contributing more positively towards mutual peace and prosperity.”
Approximately 23.5 million victims of human trafficking come from Asia. Human trafficking is the act of trading or keeping human beings through coercion for exploit. With the illicit global profit of forced labour estimated to be $150 billion per year, human trafficking continues to expand, particularly in Asia. Growing demands for cheap labour and an ample supply of desperate, impoverished people seeking employment feeds the trafficking industry in Asia. The delegates of the Asian Cooperative Dialogue face a difficult situation and must work hard to find solutions to this complex and important issue.
Billions of people rely on energy in Asia, and stable energy is a major priority for these people. Energy security is needed for a healthy economy and strong national security; however, not everyone has equal access to energy. Society cannot function properly with sporadic, unreliable energy sources. Simultaneously, fossil fuels are not a sustainable supply of energy, and the nations of Asia must make the move to renewables in the future. ACD countries will have to find creative, effective ways of collaborating to ensure energy security for the billions of people in Asia.
Nick Young | Director
Suffering through eleventh grade at St. George’s school, Nick Young is ecstatic to be directing the Asia Cooperation Dialogue at VMUN 2018. After doing Model UN for 2 years, he’s proud to say he has learned a great deal about international relations and public speaking since his first delegation as Lebanon in WHO. After enjoying the debate and deliberation of the simulation for multiple conferences, he cannot wait to share the same enriching experience with his delegates as a Director. When not slaving over schoolwork or studying, Nick is committed to several charities, the student council, and several Model UN conferences. His interests vary from playing badminton, practicing piano, and reading books to browsing Facebook, doing things ironically, and searching for the freshest memes. He wishes all delegates best of luck at VMUN 2018!
Megan Munson | Chair
Megan Munson is a full-IB senior at Inglemoor High School in Washington state. This is her fifth and final time staffing! She has also been a Director-General for KINGMUN and EDUMUN, and as a Co-Chief of Staff at PACMUN. She is also serving her second year as one of Inglemoor’s MUN Co-Presidents. Outside of MUN, she is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of her school’s newspaper and a Co-President of her school’s Climbing Club. She also works at the local climbing gym! Megan has adored VMUN for the past two years and cannot wait to serve as a staff member this year. See you there!
Cindy Zhao | Assistant Director
A grade twelve student at Crofton House School, Cindy joined MUN three years ago and has benefitted greatly from it since then. She enjoyed untangling global issues, hearing different perspectives and formulating quick arguments at conferences. Outside of MUN, she is an avid consumer of non-fictions and all kinds of films; she spends her weekends at the dance studio and in local coffee shops. Cindy is thrilled to be serving as the Assistant Director for ACD at VMUN 2018, and hopes to bring all the delegates an engaging and rewarding experience!
You can contact the Director at ACD@vmun.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.