International Atomic Energy Agency
The International Atomic Energy Agency was founded in 1957 to promote the use of nuclear energy for peaceful aims and diminish the dangers associated with it. The IAEA serves as the primary forum for discussion of all things relating to Nuclear Energy and also plays a vital role in the regulation of Nuclear weaponry.
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 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Nuclear security is a broad term referring to everything from the safe transport of radioactive materials to the prevention of nuclear terrorism. Most commonly, nuclear security refers to the security of nuclear power plants. The security of nuclear power plants is defined as the protection of both the computer systems used in power plants and the prevention of physical security breaches. In addition, preventing radioactive materials from being present at public events is a significant concern of the IAEA, along with ensuring the safety of radioactive materials in transport. Nuclear terrorism is also an increasingly real possibility as organizations such as Al-Qaeda have announced their intent to use Nuclear Weapons for malicious purposes. In addition, the safeguards in place vary greatly from country to country – particularly between more economically developed nations and less economically developed nations. Delegates must work on solutions for keeping radioactive materials secure and safe, solutions which all member states can implement.
Contact with Radiation can result in devastating health effects, known in general as radiation sickness. This is a risk whenever radioactive materials are handled; however, these harmful effects can be minimized and prevented from taking place. One major risk is that food and water supplies will become contaminated with radioactive waste materials. Delegates must come up with solutions to protect civilians worldwide from these dangerous effects and to provide medical care for those who are affected by radiation.
Alexandra Haworth | Director
Alex is a senior at Inglemoor High School in Washington state, and could not be more honored to serve as director of the IAEA for VMUN 2018. Since attending her first conference in 2015, Alex has developed a love of international politics and has gone on to serve as a staff member for PACMUN, as well as a secretariat member for EDUMUN, PACMUN, and KINGMUN. She’s also proud to be serving as a co-president of her school’s MUN club. Outside of MUN, Alex can be found rock climbing, writing for her school’s newspaper, and studying for her IB classes. Alex is looking forward to an incredible conference!
Lauren Hung | Chair
Lauren is currently a senior at Crofton House School and is delighted to be serving as an Chair for this year’s International Atomic Energy Agency. After much persuasion from her friends, Lauren attended her first conference in ninth grade, and since then, has been an active participant in club meetings and various conferences. When she is not immersed in things MUN-related, Lauren can be found watching Brooklyn Nine Nine or triple jumping to her heart’s content on Crofton’s Track and Field team. She looks forward to a weekend of lively debate and to working with everyone at VMUN 2018!
Derick Yuan | Assistant Director
A junior attending Fraser Heights Secondary in the adventurous city of Surrey, Derick is thrilled to be serving as the Assistant Director for IAEA. Derick first found his love for MUN in his sophomore year, drawn to its world of debate and diplomacy. Since then, Derick has gathered invaluable experience and lasting friendships both as a delegate and a staff member. When not dressed in western business attire, Derick can be found playing badminton, taking jogs, hanging out with friends, or watching Game of Thrones on his sofa. In coherence with his fellow staff members, Derick is indescribably excited for the conference and extends his warmest welcome to both beginner and veteran delegates alike.
You can contact the Director at email@example.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.